The 2020 Presidential Election: The American People Have Spoken
By Anh Lê
The results of the 2020 Presidential Election were decisive. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were declared the winners.
Joe Biden is President Elect Biden. Kamala Harris is Vice President Elect Harris.
President Elect Biden got 79,854,148 popular votes. He won 306 of the Electoral College votes. He became President Elect Biden when he surpassed the required 270 Electoral College votes benchmark. The American people have spoken.
The incumbent, Donald Trump, got 73,801,348 popular votes. He obtained 232 Electoral College votes.
Prior to the Election, I had predicted that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris might win this election by a landslide.
I had also predicted that the election outcome might boil down to a number of crucial "swing states," among them Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.
The landslide never occurred.
The crucial swing states did play a large part in determining the election outcome.
What is most striking is that President Elect Biden received 51.1% of the votes, while the incumbent received 47.2% of the votes.
It was uplifting and inspiring to listen to Vice President Harris give her post-election address to the nation on November 7. In her eloquent speech, she called on us to embrace the idealism of the democratic values of our beloved nation and to work together for a bright future. Vice President Elect Harris also reflects and represents the rich and diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic spectrum that makes up the people of the U.S.
In his powerful speech, President Elect Biden thanked the American people and promised us that he will work for all the American people, not just those who voted for him. He thanked the American people for the mandate given to him to lead our nation.
Since Election Day, the incumbent has not given any concession speech.
Instead, he has condemned this election as "rigged," "fraudulent,"
He has demanded recounts of the ballots cast in numerous states, and has filed lawsuits against them.
A couple of those lawsuits, in southeastern Michigan and in the urban center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were in areas where most of the voters are African Americans. He demanded that millions of their votes be thrown out. His lawsuits were efforts to disenfranchise Black voters.
The same situation occurred with his lawsuits in Georgia and his demands for several recounts in the Atlanta area, where African Americans make up most of the population.
The attempts to disenfranchise Black voters and to suppress their votes go hand-in-hand with racism.
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Anh Lê is an independent journalist.
Copyright @ Anh Lê, November 23, 2020