Trump Out As Electoral College Confirms Joe Biden As Next President Of America




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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrive to speak at a news conference at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The voted yesterday to confirm the election of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 Presidential election.

According to AFP, Biden gover over 270 electoral votes against his opponent, the incumbent, President Donald Trump.

But with his ability to steal the spotlight still intact, Trump announced moments later that Attorney General Bill Barr, contradicted the outgoing president’s claims that the November 3 election was marred by fraud, would leave his post next week.

“Our relationship has been a very good one,” Trump tweeted, making mention of their divergence. “Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.”

While a senior administration official said Barr resigned of his own accord and was not pushed out, the extraordinary convergence of events highlighted the tensions underlying Trump’s “lame duck” weeks in office.

The 200-plus-year- procedure is merely a formality in confirming the will of the people expressed at the , but the process carried added significance given the turbulence of last month’s election and Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his defeat.

California’s electors burst into applause as the presiding officer read out the tally of 55 in favour of Biden and none opposed — confirming Barack Obama’s former vice president as the nation’s 46th president.

“Democracy prevailed. We the people voted…. The integrity of our elections remains intact,” Biden said in excerpts from a speech he was expected to deliver in his city of Wilmington, Delaware later Monday.

“Now it is time to turn the page, to unite, to heal,” Biden said. “I will be a president for all Americans.”

This year, the somewhat arcane procedure was at the centre of an ugly — and many warn dangerous — challenge led by Trump against the credibility of democracy.

Soundly beaten by Biden on November 3, Trump continues to claim, without evidence, that he was the real winner.

after had turned down the Republican ’s claims of election fraud and last Friday the Supreme , dealt a legal blow when it threw out an appeal lodged by Trump allies from Texas and other Republican-led states.

Formal Electoral College confirmation drew a line under the election, which saw Biden make Trump a rare one-term president after campaigning on a message of vanquishing the Covid-19 pandemic, healing political division and restoring traditional US diplomacy.

Until now, a majority of Republicans in Congress have either backed Trump’s claims or at least turned a blind eye, with many refusing to call Biden the president-elect.

Disinformation spearheaded by the president and spread by popular commentators on Fox News and conspiracy theory-mongering outlets like Newsmax means many Americans have all but given up faith in their institutions.

Thousands of Trump supporters, including members of far-right groups, protested in Washington at the weekend, brawling with counter-protesters, while in Georgia footage showed armed activists in camouflage parading at the state Capitol to support Trump’s claims.

show as few as one in four Republican voters accept the election results.

Trump maintained his stream of threats and unsubstantiated claims on Twitter Monday, citing “massive VOTER FRAUD” and declaring that certifying election results would be “a severely punishable crime.”

The legal Electoral College , however, has now left the Trump train almost place left to go.

Ahead of Biden’s inauguration, one major formality remains, when Congress, presided over by Vice President Mike Pence, opens up and counts the electoral votes on January 6.

In the latest sign of a shifting tide, the staunchly Trump-supporting editorial board of The Wall Street Journal told Trump that his time is up.

“President Trump’s legal challenges have run their course, and he and the rest of the Republican Party can help the country and themselves by acknowledging the result and moving on,” it said.

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