After the US presidential race was called over the weekend, incumbent president Donald Trump is still refusing to concede that he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.
President-elect Biden won the election by a fair amount, flipping key swing states like Pennsylvania, Maine, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin to accumulate 290 electoral college votes to Trump’s 214, as per Fox News 2020 elections tracker. Biden is also leading in Georgia, which has yet to be called, along with Alaska and North Carolina. Trump has made clear that he believes that he won the election, accusing the Democratic Party of committing voter fraud – a baseless claim.
In a stream of tweets, he argued that the mail-in ballot system, which he has used to cast his own votes in the past, and which are necessary when voting during the middle of a pandemic, has been fraudulently co-opted in order to change the results in some of the swing states that he narrowly lost. He also claimed that “observers” were not allowed to enter voting venues – which would be illegal and considered a method for intimidating voters.
Trump has vowed to dispute the election results through the courts and you can find out how he would go about it here.
When Trump refused to concede the 2020 election to Joe Biden, he broke a long-standing tradition of losers in presidential elections making speeches congratulating their opponents. While concessions can only be traced back to 1896, when William Jennings Bryan sent opponent William McKinley a cordial telegram, no losing presidential candidate has refused to concede since. However, there is no law that compels candidates to do so.
“The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly,” Republican candidate, JohnMcCain said in 2008. “A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Sen. Barack Obama to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.”
“Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country,” Hillary Clinton said in 2016. “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for and I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.”
Trump hinted at refusing to concede the election in 2016 as well.
“I would like to promise and pledge to all my voters and supporters, and all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win,” he said a fortnight before the election for years ago.