The United States presidential election took place on Nov. 3, but debate around the results has been ongoing. President Donald Trump has still refrained from conceding, despite electoral vote counts favoring President-elect Joe Biden.
President Trump has initiated a series of lawsuits to stop certification of the vote or turn it over in Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia.
However, he is struggling to gain support from other Republican lawmakers. Jeff Mason, Reuters White House Correspondent, stated, “Republican leaders do not want to overturn the will of the people in their states… the majority of the voters voted for President-elect Biden and that’s why he won those states.”
Jason Lemon of Newsweek suggests that one reason Trump’s claims aren’t gaining traction is an apparent lack of evidence.
“Trump has refused to concede, baselessly claiming —without providing evidence — that the election was decided through widespread voter fraud,” he wrote.
Some state leaders have echoed this sentiment.
“I do not see, short of finding some type of fraud — which I haven’t heard of anything — I don’t see us in any serious way addressing a change in electors,” Rusty Bowers, Arizona’s Republican House Speaker, said.
While Trump hasn’t gained widespread support for the lawsuits and many have already been dismissed, some Republican legislators feel that Trump still may have a path to maintaining the presidency.
“I believe President Trump still has a path to victory and that path is to count every single legal vote that was cast,” Senator Ted Cruz recently said.
Additionally, Senator Lindsey Graham has also expressed concern over the accuracy of vote counting, arguing that Republicans should “challenge and change the U.S. election system.”
During a segment on Fox News, Jeff Mason suggested that “it’s possible that we may never see a concession at all from President Trump,” adding that it will be at least until December until he starts getting pressure to do so from those around him.
Past presidents have expressed concern over Trump’s lack of immediate concession, suggesting that it threatens the United States democracy.
“The peaceful transfer of power, the notion that any of us who attain an elected office, whether its dog cats or a president, are servants of the people,” Barack Obama said. “It’s a temporary job. We’re not above the law. That’s the essence of our democracy.”
Former President George W. Bush has also released a statement acknowledging Biden’s victory.
“I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night,” he wrote. “Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.”
Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost in the Democratic primary, has also chimed in.
“Trump will have the distinction of doing more than any person in the history of this country in undermining American democracy,” he said.
President-elect Biden also made his opinion clear during a speech in Delaware.
“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” he said. “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”
As far as the next few months, Will Grant of BBC News summed up the likelihoods.
“The Democrat has 306 votes in the Electoral College — the system the U.S. uses to choose its president — which far exceeds the 270 threshold to win,” Grant wrote. “Any recounts or legal challenges are not expected to overturn the overall result.”
Trump is not backing down, though, and recently tweeted, “I concede NOTHING!”