WILMINGTON: Joe Bidenthe aides have a message for president Donald Trump and his supporters: It’s been a long time coming.
With the Electoral College set to formally elect Biden as president Monday, his aides say they hope Republicans will consider their own long-term interests (and the country’s), accept Trump’s defeat and focus their attention on fighting the coronary pandemic and repulsion of economic. tumult.
Republicans, in general, backed Trump because he made unproven claims about rigging , and they show no signs that they will give Biden the appearance of a honeymoon period. Biden will take office with a narrowly divided Senate – the next monthly election in Georgia will decide who will govern the Senate – and a slim Democratic majority in the House when Republicans elected seats even when Trump lost.
But aides point to Biden’s strong approval numbers, counting a record 81 million votes and a voter turnout exhausted by the pandemic in its attempt to encourage Republicans to cooperate. Mike Donilon, a senior adviser to Biden, said the U.S. electorate is looking for Democrats and Republicans to synchronize.
“The agenda the president-elect is presenting is very cutting-edge of what people want in their lives,” Donilon said. “So, I think the case will be that it will interest the country, that it will have its own interest to get in and not hinder.”
To seek a mandate, Biden’s team points out that the president-elect is picking up Rust Belt states that helped spring Trump to the White House four years ago as well as victories in Arizona and Georgia – firsts for a Democratic presidential candidate since the 1990s.
Biden also won the popular vote of more than 7 million people, powered by strong demonstrations with women, people of color and independents.
Aides to Biden, who is scheduled to make an address Monday evening after the Electoral College votes, say leaving a contentious election and ruling is perhaps easier said than done.
The view on the Electoral College’s voting process is tightening this year as Trump refused to grant the election and is pushing forward with baseless allegations of fraud.
“We’ve won so many times, at this point, so many different ways. We’re just glad to continue to win, ”said Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s deputy chief, rejecting Trump’s challenges.
“(Monday) is obviously a big day, because it matters a little more than it might traditionally be.” Trump on Sunday continued to sow doubt about the election results and even reached a false claim that “Swing States that have found massive VOTE FRAUD, which is all, CANNOT LEGALLY ATTEST these votes as complete and correct without committing a severely punishable crime.” Trump supporters have come down to Washington to complain about the president’s loss.
They fenced with anti-Trump protesters, causing dozens of arrests, several stab wounds and injuries to police officers, in riots hours after the rallies. And after losing dozens of legal challenges at the state and federal level, Trump is expected to move forward with a new lawsuit this week. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that he expects five more lawsuits at the state level.
Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin will hold a hearing Wednesday on election “irregularities.” Johnson on Sunday questioned why Congress was not informed that the taxes of Biden’s son, Hunter, were under federal investigation during Trump’s trial last year.
The president was acquitted in a Senate lawsuit that dealt with Trump’s treatment Ukraine‘s president and whether he abused his office while seeking an investigation into the Bidens. Hunter Biden served on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company.
“I understand that confidential investigations will remain confidential unless there is an indictment,” Johnson said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” ”
“But when you talk about research in the political sphere, especially one that would influence the process of misappropriating the incumbent U.S. president in the U.S. Senate, that should be significant information, the fact that they had Hunter Biden’s computer, which had all these emails in December 2019. ”
The younger Biden said in a statement last week that he had just found out he was being investigated. He also said he did not commit an offense.
O’Malley Dillon downplayed the idea that the investigation could hinder Biden’s ability to address his agenda.
“The president-elect himself said this is not about his family or Donald Trump’s family,” she said. “It’s about the families of the American people. And I think we will continue to stay focused on the things that affect their daily lives. ”