President Trump’s defeat in the 2020 general election has not deflated his ego, and no doubt he will take potshots at the Biden administration going forward.
Presumably, Trump will be seen as a different kind of former President and that’s tantamount to what Mitch McConnell told the Washington Post in a past report.
“I say it with a smile on my face: He’s a different kind of president.”
President Trump’s election ‘cred’ is he won more than 70 million votes – the second highest in U.S. history.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, on this side of the pond, that’s not how the U.S. presidency is determined, and Biden’s numbers make that point moot in any case.
Joe Biden won 306 of the electoral votes, 51.4% of the electorate voted for him with a vote count of 81,271,137, the highest in U.S. history, and a lead of over 7 million votes over Trump.
“The American people understand that if you get 270 electoral votes, you’re president,” McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Nov. 9, 2016, when asked about Trump losing the popular vote. “… So, the election is over. We know who won.”
Four years later, McConnell isn’t ready to move on so quickly after a winner has been announced.
“Until the electoral college votes, anyone who is running for office can exhaust concerns about counting in any court of appropriate jurisdiction,” McConnell said Tuesday. “It’s not unusual. It should not be alarming.”
In 2016, the announcement read, “Republican Donald Trump is elected U.S. president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton. His victory came after key wins in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania — Trump 306 and Clinton 232.”
And the important takeaway from the 2016 general election, Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million over Trump.
But don’t tell that to Donald J. Trump or to the Republicans in general because quietly some harbor hope of the overturn of the 2020 general election.
The fact of the matter is that President Trump would have conceded defeat and walked away long ago had it not been for the supporting cast of many Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, the Senate leader.
The truth is Trump is a one-term president – one of only four incumbents who can lay claim to such snub by the electorate.
And just as Hillary Clinton did not hold any sway over the Democratic Party after winning the most popular votes in the 2016 general election, Trump should relinquish the hold on the Republican Party after his historic 70 million votes.
But will the Republican men stand up and be counted, or will they act as gelding?
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Yavad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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