Yesterday marked a significant milestone in this nation’s politics. Early voting for the Senate runoffs began in the state of Georgia; these runoffs will determine which party controls the Senate’s majority and the type of policies passed over the next two years.
Monday also marked the day of the Electoral College gathering to vote on the winner of the 2020 presidential election. The body’s convening took place amid multiple legal challenges from representatives of President Trump who charge that fraud rampantly altered the true outcome of the race.
Multiple courts at all levels have rejected these lawsuits and appeals for lack of standing and evidence; on Monday, the Electoral College voted accordingly, hence declaring Joe Biden as the winner of the race, Breitbart News reports.
How the Electoral College Voted on Monday
Each of the electors yesterday voted in accordance with their respective state’s popular vote. This led to Joe Biden getting 302 electoral votes while President Trump secured 232 electoral votes; the former vice president’s electoral votes are furthermore expected to reach 306 after Hawaii formally votes.
It’s official, folks. Tune in as I deliver remarks on today’s electoral college vote certification and the strength and resilience of our democracy. https://t.co/Qp2c92mYUV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 15, 2020
Following the votes from the Electoral College, Biden spoke to the country. In his speech, the Democrat went after Americans who have questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential race. Biden coughed his way through remarks, yet didn’t miss the chance to attack decisions President Trump’s made during his term in office.
The Electoral College’s votes yesterday arrived on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court throwing out a massive lawsuit brought forward by Texas.
What Happens with Trump’s Legal Challenges?
President Trump and the attorneys backing him made clear yesterday that they will continue bringing forth legal challenges against the 2020 race’s outcome.
On January 6, 2021, Congress is set to meet and officially certify the votes of the Electoral College; Republicans are expected to challenge this process as well. In the meantime, however, Trump still has ongoing lawsuits in multiple swing states including Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Attorneys representing the president also maintain that the fight is far from over. During interviews with the press, Trump’s lawyers have also declared that the true deadline for them to make their legal cases is January 20, 2021.
Do you think the votes from the Electoral College solidified and legitimized Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election? What legal avenues do you see for President Trump going forward? Let us know in the comments section below!