United States President Donald Trump will agree to lose the White House if he loses the electoral college vote in the 2020 election, but has said it will be “hard to concede”.
Joe Biden was called to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but Trump has mounted legal challenges, disputing election results on the basis of the presence of widespread voter fraud – a baseless assertion.
Biden leads Trump 306 votes to 232 under the electoral college system used to pick US presidents. The tally exceeds the 270 needed to win by some distance, and Biden also leads the popular vote by more than six million. And when asked whether he would leave the White House if the results are confirmed next month, Trump answered in the affirmative.
“Certainly I will, certainly I will and you know that,” he said, as reported by BBC. “if they do [elect Joe Biden], they made a mistake.”
Suggesting that he may never accept defeat, in true Trumpian fashion, Trump added that “it’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.”
He was also tight-lipped on whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Biden, meanwhile, has been focussed on Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States, encouraging his future constituents to stay home during the festive period and not to put their families’ lives at risk with COVID-19 cases soaring in the country.
“This year, our turkey will be smaller and the clatter of cooking a little quieter,” Mr Biden and his wife Jill said in an op-ed published by CNN. “Like millions of Americans, we are temporarily letting go of the traditions we can’t do safely.
“It is not a small sacrifice. These moments with our loved ones – time that’s lost – can’t be returned. Yet, we know it’s the price of protecting each other and one we don’t pay alone.
He urged Americans to scale down their celebrations to smaller events, adding “I know that we can and will beat this virus.”
With more than 12.8 million COVID-19 cases in the United States and 263,000 deaths, Donald Trump has overseen what will likely be considered the worst response to the pandemic around the world. Worse yet, cases are currently skyrocketing, with more than 165,000 new cases confirmed just yesterday and the 7-day moving average topping 170,000.