The Gatepost Editorial: Protect democracy, not Trump’s ego

Early Wednesday morning, President Donald J. Trump falsely claimed victory in the 2020 election. He proceeded to take to Twitter and claimed victories in multiple battleground states, such as Pennsylvania and Georgia, despite thousands of uncounted ballots.

As of Thursday Nov. 5, five states where it is too close to declare a winner – Alaska, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania – have yet to count all of the votes.

Former Vice President Joe Biden currently leads in both the popular vote, with 50.5% of the vote, and the Electoral College, with 264 electoral votes. President Trump is currently behind with 47.9% of the popular vote, and 214 electoral votes, according to The Associated Press. 

The two candidates are currently fighting to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the Electoral College. 

As of press time, The Associated Press has yet to call the race. 

In Trump’s address to the country early Wednesday morning, not only did he falsely claim he had won the presidency but he called to stop counting legitimate votes that had been mailed in. 

The President’s claims were blatantly false, and frankly, out of line.

However, his address was sadly not surprising.

Then on Thursday night, Trump claimed election fraud despite a lack of evidence. 

Because of Trump’s outrageous remarks, major news outlets such as CBS, ABC, and NBC, cut their broadcasts before Trump was done speaking during his Nov. 5 speech.

NBC’s Lester Holt said, “We are watching President Trump speaking live from the White House and we have to interrupt here because the President made a number of false statements including the notion that there has been fraudulent voting. There has been no evidence of that.” 

Our country’s Constitution gave us one of the most important freedoms –  the right to vote. 

President Trump’s efforts to halt the tallying of votes after election day cannot – and will not – take away our unalienable right. 

This is attempted election fraud at its finest. 

Legally, President Trump does not have the ability to stop the counting of votes, as states historically have taken days or weeks to complete their tabulations to declare a winner.  

In fact, the results of the 2020 election will not be official until next year, according to the laws governing the Electoral College. Electoral votes will be cast Dec. 14 by delegates, and those votes are not officially counted until Jan. 6, 2021.

Because electors won’t cast their votes for at least a month, there is no excuse to stop counting ballots. 

On his official Twitter account Nov. 5, Trump tweeted, “Any vote that came in after election day will not be counted!”

In another Nov. 5 tweet, he said, “All of the recent Biden-claimed states will be legally challenged by us for voter fraud and state election fraud. Plenty of proof – just check out the media. We will win! America First!” 

The New York Times wrote, “With millions of votes yet to be counted across several key states – there is a reason that news organizations and other usually impatient actors were waiting to declare victors.” 

Trump simply does not care that counting every single ballot is at the heart of our country’s democracy. 

Refusing to count legitimate votes is election fraud at its core, and a sure sign that if Biden wins, Trump will not accept the results of the election.

The Trump campaign and its lawyers have begun to file lawsuits against the states that are continuing to count ballots, claiming voter fraud is prevalent.  

Although judges in Georgia and Michigan have quickly dismissed these lawsuits, it is strange that American citizens have to go to such great lengths to protect their voices. 

We the people of the United States cannot allow this narcissistic President’s false claims of voter fraud to flip the election in his favor.

Many of our country’s voting laws have been in place since the birth of our nation.

Regardless of political party, we must come together to stand up for democracy and our irrefutable voting rights. 

We the people cannot rest until every single ballot is accounted for. 

Every.

Single.

One. 

We the people will not allow Trump to infringe on our rights as American citizens for his own selfish and unconstitutional gain.

This is no longer about political parties. 

This is about American democracy.