The People Prevailed, Trump Failed

Despite Trump and his Republican allies’ attempts to undermine our democracy for months, courts across the country — including, most recently Pennsylvania — have stopped the Trump campaign’s attempt to reverse the certification of the voting results. States like Michigan, Georgia, Arizona are among the remaining battleground states that have certified the results of the general election — confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Regardless of any last-ditch efforts by the Trump campaign to delay the inevitable, the will of the people is clear; voters pick our leaders, our leaders do not pick and choose which voices to silence.

From The Washington Post:

A simple and clear refutation of the president came Friday from a Trump appointee, when Judge Stephanos Bibas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit wrote a unanimous opinion rejecting the president’s request for an emergency injunction to overturn the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results.

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” Bibas wrote. “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

For Trump, it was over.

“Not only did our institutions hold, but the most determined effort by a president to overturn the people’s verdict in American history really didn’t get anywhere,” said William A. Galston, chair of the governance studies program at the Brookings Institution. “It’s not that it fell short. It didn’t get anywhere. This, to me, is remarkable.”

On Nov. 23, the General Services Administration informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration was ready to begin the formal transition process. More than two weeks after Biden was declared the winner in the election, the letter marked the first step the administration has taken to acknowledge the will of the people and Trump’s defeat.

As the Philadelphia appeals court ruled Friday, “Voters, not lawyers, choose the president. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections”.

Since President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, Trump has engaged in actions signaling to an increasingly desperate person who knows he has lost and is grasping for power. Trump tried to keep millions of Americans from voting and stop local election officials from counting our votes, yet we showed the power of our vote and our voice this year — breaking numerous voter turnout records to pick new leaders who will care and govern for all of us. 

Bottom Line: Trump has had his say, now it’s our turn to move on from an administration that has put politics over people. Now, we move forward together in building a country where our leaders act in our interest, where we care for each other, and where we know that the will of the people is the law of the land.

Alanna Joyner

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