President-elect Joe Biden called on the country on Monday to “turn the page” in a victory speech after the electoral college voted to reiterate its 2020 White House victory.
He went on to express rare outrage and impatience with President Donald Trump and the allies’ “attack on democracy” by his allies for refusing to acknowledge his defeat.
Shortly after the vote, William Barr, the once loyal attorney general who later denied Trump’s election fraud claims, resigned and ended a bad relationship.
Biden officially won 306 electoral college votes as voters in the country’s capitals, either virtually or in person, voted, fulfilling a pro forma responsibility that would not have received as much public attention without Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his defeat. Trump won 232 as expected.
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“If nobody knew before, we know now. What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this – democracy, “Biden said in remarks from Wilmington, Delaware. “And so it is now time to turn the page, unite, heal.”
Biden was publicly patient with Trump’s constant efforts to question and reverse the election result and had given the president time to grapple with his defeat. He had extended the same understanding to Republican lawmakers, a majority of whom had also not recognized Biden’s victory for fear of Trump’s anger.
However, the dam broke on Monday. Biden came across Trump and mentioned him by name several times than before in a post-election speech as well as the Republicans. He accused them of launching an “unprecedented attack on democracy”.
Biden listed Trump’s efforts – the legal challenges heard and dismissed by 80 judges across the country, including the Supreme Court, the multiple recounts and political pressure on elected Republican officials and election officials.
“President Trump was given every opportunity to contest the results,” said Biden. “Respecting the will of the people is at the heart of our democracy – even if we find these results difficult to accept. But that is the obligation of those who have pledged to uphold our constitution. “
Biden became the “planned” election winner for the week of November 3, when the poll closed. He was then “officially” the winner on December 8th, when all 50 states and Washington, DC “confirmed” the election result preparing the electoral college vote for December 14th.
The electoral college votes cast on Monday will be counted by the House of Representatives on January 6, another formality that will come to the fore.
Trump allies in the House of Representatives expect to use this part of the process to try to overthrow the election one final time. They will fail as they have before, and the president-elect will be sworn in on January 20th.
Shortly after the election of the electoral college became clear that evening, Trump announced the departure of Barr, who publicly denied Trump’s election fraud allegations. His department found no evidence of irregularities of the magnitude that could change the election result.
Barr’s exit was imminent since his public break with the president. But instead of being chased out of office like his predecessor Jeff Sessions, Barr managed a carefully choreographed exit that appeared amicable. So much so that Trump tweeted Barr’s resignation letter.