2020 Election: President Trump’s Efforts for an Election Flip

Carson Rasmussen, Staff Reporter

In the crazy year of 2020, as it is finally coming near its end, we’ve just had one of the most anticipated moments of the whole year: the Presidential election. This election was one of the largest this nation has had yet, and almost everyone cast their vote to decide on the new 2020 presidential elect.


Finally, after months of waiting and wondering, the votes are in and counted for. Joe Biden has won the presidency, denying President Trump a second term, and placing the former Vice President back in the White House.


But as this election has closed, the troubles of the election have continued even after the votes have been counted. President Trump has refused to concede from office, he’s refused to accept the clear win, and he’s refused to accept the millions of votes that won Joe Biden the election.


To make matters more difficult,  President Trump is also filing multiple lawsuits against multiple states and voting centers, and requesting recounts in a last ditch effort to bring the election back into his favor.


Trump has recently allowed the GSA to assist Biden with making a transition plan, but as the aforementioned situations have been escalating and getting more attention, people are asking about the possibility of another four years with President Trump as many are wondering if it’s a possibility or not.


So could President Trump tip the scales? Could he legally keep himself in office and deny Joe Biden the Presidency?


Well, first let’s talk about his refusal to concede. As outlined on CNBC, according to Conservative lawyer John Yoo, “The thing about the American Constitution is that it doesn’t actually require the sitting president to do anything one way or the other”. The 20th Amendment of the Constitution says that the candidate with the most electoral votes will become president on the day of January 20.


Electoral votes, for those wondering, are votes from electors in each state based on their population, who work as part of an electoral college to prevent a biased popular vote. In short, it prevents the president from winning just from the people’s opinion.


So even if President Trump doesn’t leave, by that time, the government, military, and the civil service will then be under the control of the electoral winner.


Now what about his lawsuits? Well, according to an article from NBCN, out of the 36 lawsuits he’s made, at least 24 have been “denied, dismissed, settled or withdrawn”. Put simply, he’s lost a lot of support for the lawsuits, and they can’t find a lawyer who is willing to pull them through.


To add to his battles, Trump is also requesting recounts for states and voting centers across the nation. This is something that he can request, however, recounts usually only change a few dozen, maybe a few hundred votes. Seeing that Biden leads Trump with a very large lead, the recounts would make little change.


In short, President Trump’s refusals are only delaying the inevitable. With the Constitution already in place, the lack of definitive support his lawsuits have, and the minimal change with the recounts requested, it’s really just a matter of waiting until this works itself out. The best thing to do is to just wait, and trust in our government to get things back into order, because no matter the circumstances, the government will have the ability to make this change work.