Barack Obama, the former President of the United States, said that senior U.S. Republicans are hurting democracy by going along with the unproven claims of President Donald Trump about the election fraud. Obama stated in an interview with CBS News that President-elect Joe Biden had clearly won the 2020 race for the White House.
The United States media called the result last weekend, but some counting of the votes continues. Trump launched a spell of legal challenges claiming ballot tampering. Moreover, the team of the president still not provided any evidence to support their claims. Obama, the Democratic predecessor of Trump, said that the allegations of Trump reveal that he didn’t want to lose.
He said it. This tagging along of senior Republicans is only helping delegitimise democracy. – US election: Obama says fraud claims undermining democracyhttps://t.co/Ovqqh7DDwP
— Aiysha Varraich (@Aiyshav) November 13, 2020
He adds that it is more alarming that other Republicans, who know the actual situation are still going with this. It is one additional step in delegitimizing not just the incoming administration of Biden, but democracy normally, and that is a dangerous path. CNN quoted Obama, said that Trump rose to power by fueling fears about a Black man leading the nation.
What is the latest in the transition?
The two top congressional Democrats – Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Republicans on Thursday to accept reality with the victory of Joe Biden. A small but increasing number of Republicans on Capitol Hill congratulated Biden or backed calls for his victory should be given daily by intelligence briefings – a usual practice for incoming presidents.
However, most Republican leaders are standing by Trump in refusing to acknowledge the victory of Biden. The President-elect received about 5.2 million more votes than Trump – around 3.4%. Moreover, it likely to take enough electoral votes required in the state-by-state Electoral College to take the presidency. Trump told friends that he planned to start a digital media company to challenge the conservative network Fox News.
In the meantime, a group of senior United States officials administrating the integrity of the election said that they found no sign that votes lost or deleted or compromised in any sense. The group states that they can ensure the utmost confidence in the integrity and security of the elections.
Biden’s upcoming administration
Biden picked experienced political operative, Ron Klain as the chief of staff of the White House. Klain served as a top aide to Biden since the 1980s in the Senate and afterward during his service as vice-president. The White House chief of staff administrates the daily schedule of the president and usually described as his gatekeeper.
Biden also continued to call world important figures and leaders to emphasize them for preparations to assume the presidency. He spoke with Pope Francis on Thursday, who congratulate Biden and offered blessings. Biden will be the second Roman Catholic president of the United States.