The events of the last 11 days have really put all of America on edge. We have had one of the most controversial presidential elections in our history spillover from Election Day into the next week and we’re still left in a cloud of uncertainty even though the Associated Press called it for Joe Biden 8 days ago.
And even though President Trump still refuses to concede it appears that he has admitted defeat, if only under unfair terms.
President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to acknowledge for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House, but made clear he would not concede and would keep trying to overturn the election result. Trump’s statements came in tweets that included several baseless claims about the Nov. 3 vote, which state and federal officials say was safe and secure.
Trump, without using Biden’s name, tweeted that “He won,” something Trump had not said before publicly, though he said the Democrat’s victory was only “in the eyes” of the media. Biden defeated Trump by winning back a trio of battleground states that switched from the Democratic column in 2016 — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — and topped the 270 electoral vote threshold to clinch the presidency. Biden so far has more than 77.5 million votes, the most ever by a winning candidate, to Trump’s total — more than 72.3 million.
Trump’s tweet was quickly slapped with a warning from Twitter.
He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, responded to Trump’s comments.
“If the president’s prepared to begin to recognize that reality, that’s positive,” said Klain while pointing out that “Donald Trump’s Twitter feed doesn’t make Joe Biden president or not president. The American people did that.”
The President’s legal efforts to dispute election results have received several major blows over the last few days making his case for overturning the outcome highly unlikely at this time.