Biden “Trumps” the president in COVID election



Rylan Fegan, Staff Writer

In an election with multiple delays, unorthodox swing state votings, and a premature victory declaration, Joe Biden’s win was a sweet and sour taste of what the future of America holds. After CNN predicted that Biden would win Pennsylvania, his electoral votes surpassed the golden number of 270 to unofficially but officially crown him the 46th President of the United States.

“America, I am honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” Biden tweeted shortly after his victory. “The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President of All the Americans”.

This election did not come without its fair share of controversy, as multiple swing states went through multiple delays in order to process the millions of mail-in votes that influx the ballot box. The Trump administration is questioning the authenticity of the results, as they saw leads of up to 600,000 votes dwindle away in states such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 

“We believe these people are thieves,” Donald Trump told USA Today Sunday Morning. “This was a stolen election…. It is impossible to imagine that Biden outran Obama in some of these states”.

One of the reasons surrounding the messiness of the election had to do with the tension between state laws. For example, Philadelphia state law officials prohibited the counting of mail-in ballots before election day, which accounted for 2.5 million of the total votes. Nevada was also known to delay the results by multiple days, as the governor declared that the authenticity of the voter signature and address must be checked before tallying the ballots. 

“We can’t open the outer envelope, we can’t open the inner secrecy envelope, and we can’t scan any ballots before Election Day,” Philadelphia City Commissioner Omar Sabir told CBS officials. “There are hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper requiring hundreds of people to manually assemble a lot of this.”

Another challenge that comes with the mail-in ballots will be getting both sides to agree on the final results. There have already been rumors circulating about the possibility of invalid ballots, and President Donald Trump has yet to concede the election due to his beliefs of foul play in the ballots. 

“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country” Trump stated during his 2:30 AM press conference on election day. “We’ll be going to the supreme court, we want all voting to stop. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.” 

The doubt and refusal for other sides to possibly accept defeat sums up what has been a disaster of an election. Although the voting has not officially ended, there have already been numerous celebrations, as well as contradicting protests, that are voicing there opinions about the victory of Joe Biden. Although we are learning of his victory today, the process of finalizing the winner may drag on with the disease that caused this drama.