History may remember that Donald Trump was in his golf club in Virginia when the American media declared the victory of Joe Biden, this Saturday, November 7 in the morning. There are now 74 days of transition period before the inauguration of the new President of the United States on January 20. In the meantime, the full results of the US presidential election will have to be promulgated by the states. On December 14, the Electoral College will formally nominate the 46th POTUS (President of the United States), and on January 6, the new Congress will formally count the winner’s votes.
For 223 years, when George Washington handed over the keys of the presidency to John Adams, the United States has always experienced a peaceful political transition. But Donald Trump, whose four years in the White House have defied all historical precedents, does not seem to admit defeat for the moment. In the morning, he tweeted again, in all caps: “I won this election, and by a lot! “Then, when the victory of his rival was announced, his team issued a statement in the same vein:” This election is not over, “said the text before mentioning the legal proceedings underway to contest the results.
Trump allies try to calm things down
This bias is not surprising. For months, Donald Trump had been preparing the ground by sowing doubt on the integrity of the ballot because of the massive postal vote, the Covid-19 pandemic requires. In his team, an anonymous source admitted to CNN that he had “no concrete evidence” attesting to electoral fraud. The lawyers are ready, but the appeals are unlikely to succeed.
As for the conservative media, like Fox News and the New York Post, they are starting to let go of the incumbent president. Laura Ingraham, one of the conservative channel’s evening columnists, paved the way on Friday. She advised him to react “with grace and calm” if he was beaten. While flattering him, by considering that he will remain a “kingmaker” in the Republican Party. She is probably right: if Donald Trump is beaten, Trumpism remains. This is evidenced by the more than 70 million votes he received, even more than in 2016.
Within the Grand Old Party, the Republican Party, the few remaining anti-Trump, like Mitt Romney, brushed aside accusations of electoral fraud. And even among the allies of the president, we calm the game. The boss of the Republicans of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who was re-elected in Kentucky, assured that there would be a peaceful transition of power.
Camp Biden already at work
Difficult, however, to imagine what this period will look like. Especially since nothing prevents Donald Trump from fully exercising his functions and his power as president until January 20. US media report that he has no plans for a defeat speech. How long will it last, as foreign leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron or British Prime Minister Boris Johnson begin to congratulate the lucky winners? And even if he ends up conceding defeat, will he receive Joe Biden and his wife Jill at the White House before the inauguration, as tradition dictates? Will he be on the stage when the Democrat takes the oath on January 20? Will he simply agree to leave the White House? If that prospect seems extreme, Camp Biden has already warned he could be forcibly removed if necessary.
Behind the scenes, the handover is being prepared. The Presidential Transition Act, a law of 1963, obliges the White House and federal agencies to plan for two scenarios, no matter what: re-election or defeat and handover. And the candidate nominated at his party’s convention, here Joe Biden by the Democratic Party this summer, has the right to receive briefings on national security. He is also entitled to an office and a budget to prepare until January 20. Camp Biden has already set to work. Some members of the future government could be announced as early as Thanksgiving period in late November. And the future President of the United States is already working on hot issues, starting with his number one priority, the coronavirus health crisis.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr