US President Elect Joe Biden has exceeded 5 million votes advantage this Wednesday on Donald Trump in last week’s elections, while the outgoing president continues to try to delegitimize his victory and uses the power of the federal government as a weapon.
With 77.4 million ballots in his favor Against the 72.3 million that Trump accumulates, Biden further extends his margin of victory, which makes him the most voted presidential candidate in history.
Those votes also make him president-elect under the Electoral College system, according to the forecasts of the mainstream media, which projected the results when it became clear that Biden had an insurmountable advantage in enough states to guarantee him the presidency.
Hand count in Georgia and Alaska for Trump
Trump, sin embargo, has refused to admit defeat and he has denounced electoral fraud without evidence, with a legal strategy that has little prospect of success, as his main advisers privately admit.
The mandatary the three delegates from Alaska have signed up this Wednesday in the Electoral College, which brings to 217 the number of delegates guaranteed under that system, far from the 270 needed to win.
To override Biden’s leadership, who already accumulates 290 delegates, Trump would have to prove fraud in court and flip the results in not just one, but multiple key states – extremely unlikely.
The authorities of the state of Georgia, where the media have not yet proclaimed a winner but Biden has an advantage of just 14,000 votes, they have given Trump a little good news this Wednesday by announcing that they will make a hand count of the more than 5 million votes cast in the territory. “That will help build confidence” in the result, said the secretary of state of that southern state, Brad Raffensperger, in a press conference.
That hand count, which will need to be completed by November 20, is an unprecedented step in Georgia’s history, a traditionally Republican state, but even if it did result in an unlikely victory for Trump, he would still have a long way to go to reach 270 delegates.
A legal advisor to the Trump campaign, Jenna Ellis, said in an interview with Fox Business on Wednesday that the lawsuits can be resolved “over the next two weeks”, before key states have to certify a winner. of the elections.
Trump wields the power of the Government
Faced with the slim prospects of this legal strategy, Trump has also decided to use his power in the federal government to make the transition difficult, ten weeks before the planned replacement that will take place on January 20.
The most alarming step for many was taken on Tuesday, when he continued his Pentagon purgeafter having fired its head, Mark Esper, on Monday and went on to place three of his allies in the civilian leadership of the organization.
The move is an attempt to build muscle in the Defense Department and, according to sources consulted by CNN, a retaliation against Esper and his team for opposing a possible premature withdrawal from Afghanistan, which Trump has promised for Christmas.
Rumors in Washington suggest that Trump may be bracing for more layoffs on his national security team, possibly including those of the Director of the FBI, Christopher Wray; and the director of the CIA, Gina Haspel.
Meanwhile, some Democrats are concerned about another move: the transition of Michael Ellis, a Trump-related official on the White House National Security Council, to the National Security Agency (NSA), where he is the new general counsel.
That change implies that Ellis is now a civilian government employee, and not a political official, and makes it harder for him to get fired once Biden comes to power in January, according to Democratic sources consulted by CNN.
Meanwhile, the General Services Administration (GSA), whose director Emily Murphy was nominated by Trump, has not yet certified Biden’s victory, which prevents your team from accessing resources and government agencies to prepare for the transition.
Biden downplayed that fact Tuesday, assuring that he will be able to prepare even without those resources, and was silent on the issue this Wednesday because he and Trump both dedicated the day to honoring the country’s veterans on the occasion of Veterans Day.