Although the votes have yet to be certified (that will happen on Dec. 14), it is safe to say former Vice President Joe Biden has won a decisive victory over the sitting president. Since America uses indirect democracy to elect its president, the electoral college is structured such that a candidate must attain over 270 electoral college votes to be declared the winner.
In 2016, Donald Trump surprised the nation and the world by winning 306 electoral college votes even though he lost the popular vote by roughly 2 million votes. He declared this a landslide victory and the last four years we have been living with the effects of an incompetent grifter as the leader of our nation. Fast forward four years, Joe Biden beat a sitting president (not a small feat) and achieved 306 electoral college votes in addition to gaining roughly 5 million more votes than the president. Despite this decisive victory, the president has yet to concede, has filed several frivolous lawsuits around the country, has told his base the election was stolen and rigged, and has behaved in a manner that puts our national security at risk.
Despite the clear mandate by the American people in the midst of the COVID crisis that has already claimed almost a quarter of a million American lives, the current president still insists this election is just about him. He is fundraising for his recount efforts, but if you read the fine print (as one must with Trump the grifter), you will find that the money raised is going to go toward his coffers for later legal battles. He will attempt to con the American people until the very end, even if he will never concede and admit he lost in a landslide.
Joe Biden must now begin the arduous task of rebuilding America. Before he can do that, we must transition from a Trump to a Biden administration, something the president and his administration have decided to make incredibly difficult. They have refused to turn over documents and release funds for the Biden transition team, a delay that could jeopardize Biden’s ability to hit the ground running when he is sworn in as the 46th president January 20, 2021.
These next few weeks leading up to January 20th may be quite difficult. We have a sitting president embarrassed and spending his time golfing. He has yet to give a substantive briefing or prioritize the coronavirus efforts. He continues to attempt to “poison the well” with conspiracy theories that endanger the lives of Democratic elected officials and innocent American citizens across the country.
Biden has won a decisive victory and once he and Kamala Harris are sworn in, we must also hold them accountable to lead this country in a new direction for the good of all Americans.
Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC.