7 Things: Conflicting reports on Trump conceding, Biden projected by the media to win the presidency, Mo Brooks continue to push Trump to fight for transparency and more …
7. The coronavirus pandemic must be over
- As news about the election results had been announced and the race was called, naming former Vice President Joe Biden the president-elect, people across the country celebrated by holding large demonstrations in the streets with no social distancing.
- These celebrations were mainly held in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., but Biden has already been criticized for not speaking on these events as he has regularly advocated for listening to science in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.
6. Biden to push for more masks
- Reportedly, one of Joe Biden’s first plans as President of the United States will be to push for more masks, but he has said he plans on doing it by going to governors and mayors to get it done, instead of a federal mask order.
- The fact that Biden is suggesting this is not all that surprising, given that he talked about it during the election, but even he has admitted in the past that it is probably unconstitutional for a president to do a national mask order.
5. Ivey wants to make sure we had a legitimate process
- As there is still a level of uncertainty surrounding the presidential election results, many are supporting investigations into votes and recounts in some states. Governor Kay Ivey has stated support for ensuring the process was done correctly.
- Ivey said, “Every legal vote should be counted, and all sides should have the ability to observe the process.” She also added, “The courts are there to apply the rule of law and ensure we had a fair and free election. The people of Alabama and our county deserve to know that we had a legitimate process.”
4. Doug Jones could be Attorney General
- As former Vice President Joe Biden has been announced as the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, there are now reports that U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) could be appointed to U.S. Attorney General in a Biden administration.
- Politico reported that Jones is currently the frontrunner for the position. Biden and Jones have been friends as far back as 1988, when Jones worked on Biden’s first presidential campaign.
3. Brooks won’t ratify Biden victory
- U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) posted a message over the weekend where he encouraged President Donald Trump to “fight Biden’s unlawful victory claims.” Brooks added that there’s “no way” he’ll “vote in the House to ratify the Electoral College votes of states where illegal votes distorted the will of the people in those states who voted legally.”
- Brooks is not the only Republican urging President Trump to continue fighting. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated, “If Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again.”
2. Biden the projected winner
- Former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the president-elect and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) the vice president-elect, and while the results still aren’t considered absolutely official, it’s unlikely for the outcome to change.
- President Donald Trump has brought up legal challenges over the election results in multiple states. By December 8, all state legal challenges and recounts have to be completed, and electoral college votes won’t be counted by the House and Senate until January 6, 2021.
1. Trump may or may not concede
- As former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the projected winner of the presidential election and delivered a victory speech, now there are questions about if President Donald Trump will concede with reports indicating that he will and others saying he won’t.
- Rudy Guiliani held a news conference in Philadelphia where he insisted that Trump is “not going to concede when at least 600,000 ballots are in question,” and while there are currently legal challenges Trump is pursuing in multiple states. Other reports indicate that Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and even Melania Trump have suggested that President Trump concede the election as most legal experts believe that it’s unlikely for the results of the election to be changed.