“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
The man who calls himself President-Elect, Joe Biden, has recently called for unity. We desperately need to be unified, but first Biden needs to convince the 72 million Americans who voted for Trump that Biden won in a fair election. Fair elections are a cornerstone of a functioning republic.
When Trump won in 2016, no Democrat called for unity. Instead, they launched the “resistance” which tried to intimidate Electors into casting their vote for someone other than Trump in the Electoral College. The term “resistance” means resistance to a foreign occupation, not an elected President from the opposition party in your own country. Long before that, the Obama administration intelligence agencies had spied on the Trump campaign and transition, spinning the narrative that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. Elected Democrats routinely called Trump “Putin’s puppet” and said he was “illegitimate,” attempting to negate the 2016 election. Conclusion: when Democrats say every vote must count, they don’t mean Republican votes.
The Democrats were lying about collusion. Trump won the 2016 election. Democrats famously said that Trump voters were deplorables, chumps and (the constant refrain) racists. They undermined public confidence in elections and in the office of the Presidency itself. So, why wouldn’t we believe that they fixed the 2020 election?
President Trump has not conceded the election, nor should he. Trump has a solemn duty to his voters and the Constitution. The Trump campaign and the GOP are filing lawsuits in key states. Republican poll watchers were denied access to observe vote counters in Detroit and Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania supreme court changed election law, when the Constitution clearly states that only state legislatures can do that. The Trump campaign is also filing suit under the equal protection clause of the US Constitution. The suit alleges that in Democrat counties, voters were allowed to alter mistakes in their ballot, in a process known as curing. Voters in Republican districts were denied this opportunity, as their election officials strictly followed the law.
If Biden truly wants to unite the country, he should call for a manual recount in every state where the margin of victory was 1% or less. The count must be observed by both Democrat and Republican poll watchers. Words are easy, but deeds are hard. Hey, Joe: Come on, man! Look, here’s the deal. Call for a recount. Then I’ll believe you.
Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.