U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday called on the country to “turn the page” in a winning speech after the electorate college voted to reaffirm its White House victory in 2020.
He also expressed rare anger and impatience about the “attack on democracy” by President Donald Trump and his allies for their refusal to acknowledge his defeat.
Shortly after the vote, William Barr, the once loyal attorney general, who later disputed Trump’s allegations of election fraud, resigned, ending a sour relationship.
Biden formally won 306 ballot boxes as voters voted in state capitals around the country virtually or in person, fulfilling a proforma responsibility that would not receive as much public attention other than Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his defeat. Trump is expected to win 232.
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“If someone didn’t know it before, we know it now. What strikes deep into the hearts of the American people is – democracy, “Biden said in remarks from Wilmington, Delaware.” And so, now it’s time to turn the page, unite, heal. “
Biden has publicly been patient about Trump’s constant efforts to question and reverse the election result, giving the president time to accept his defeat. He extended the same understanding to Republican lawmakers, most of whom also did not acknowledge Biden’s victory for fear of Trump’s anger.
The dam broke on Monday, however. Biden tore into Trump, mentioning him nominally more times than he had before in any speech after winning the election, as well as the Republicans, accusing them of launching an “unprecedented attack on democracy.”
Biden listed Trump’s efforts – the legal challenges heard and rejected by 80 judges around the country, including the Supreme Court, the multiple stories and the political pressure on elected Republican officials and election officials.
“Every avenue was made available to President Trump to oppose the results,” Biden said. “Respecting the will of the people is at the heart of our democracy – even when we find those results difficult to accept. But that is the duty of those who have taken a legal duty to uphold our constitution.”
Biden became the “expected” winner of the election in the week of November 3, when voting closed. He was then “officially” the winner on December 8 when all 50 states and Washington “witnessed” the election result by setting the election college vote for December 14th.
The election ballot Mondays will be counted by the House of Representatives on January 6, another formality raised to prominence.
Trump allies in the House are expected to use that part of the process to try to overturn the election one last time. They will fail, as they have so far, and the president-elect will be sworn in on January 20th.
Shortly after the election election came to light in the evening, Trump announced the departure of Barr, who publicly disputed Trump’s claims of election fraud, saying his department had found no evidence of irregularities of the magnitude that could change the election result. .
Barr’s departure was shortly after his public break with the president. But instead of being exhausted like his predecessor Jeff Sessions, Barr managed a carefully choreographed outing that seemed friendly. So much so that Trump tweeted Barr’s resignation letter.