In the wake of a stressful presidential election, President Donald Trump is attempting to reconcile his shortcomings by claiming there was voter fraud — a claim which could radically distort the general public’s view of democracy and create further divide between the parties.
Shortly before the election was called in battleground states like Pennsylvania and Nevada, Trump took to Twitter and a White House briefing statement to announce his claims of wide-scale voter fraud.
“The observers were not allowed into the counting rooms. I won the election, got 71,000,000 legal votes. Bad things happened which our observers were not allowed to see. Never happened before. Millions of mail-in ballots were sent to people who never asked for them,” Trump said in a tweet.
Trump alleged ballot counting was illegal after Election Day and that several battleground states had denied access to legal observers during the counting process. Among his calls for an immediate stop to ballot counting in these states, Trump has also made statements about pursuing lawsuits in states of interest that went to President-Elect Joe Biden.
It was predicted months ago that if Trump were to lose the election, there would likely not be a peaceful transition of power. After the election of 2016, former President Barack Obama invited Trump to the White House to talk about the transition, and Biden, vice president at the time, met with Vice President Mike Pence. It is said that this meeting is a tradition that passes the power on to newly elected presidents; however, Trump has not yet invited Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to the White House to discuss the transition.
Trump continues to allege he won the election, despite Biden’s prospective wins of 290 electoral votes and the popular vote. These allegations, attached with Twitter warning labels identifying the information as disputed, might appear comical to Biden supporters. However, they threaten the foundation of democracy in this country.
We at The Alestle believe any warranted concerns surrounding voter fraud should be investigated to the fullest extent, but these claims should not be carelessly made or only surface when the election results are not in favor of the party alleging voter fraud.
Political losses should be handled with grace, and concerns regarding voter fraud should be handled professionally — not tweeted without any supporting evidence.