The system is working.
The United States held a general election Nov. 3. Democratic Sen. Joe Biden defeated Republican President Donald Trump in an election that recorded high voter turnout and a sharply divided nation. Trump received 72 million votes; Biden captured 77 million.
Biden has 290 electoral college votes, while Trump has 217. Alaska voted for Trump. Ketchikan did, as well.
The victor is required to tally 270 electoral college votes. The college will cast its votes on Dec. 14.
The intervening time provides states the opportunity to recount, if necessary, or to respond to challenges by the candidate who received the fewer votes.
Trump has filed lawsuits in about five states where he believes potential irregularities might have occurred.
Frankly, the president and prospective president-elect should knock down any lingering doubts about the authenticity of the election. Every vote should be counted whether it’s in an overwhelming red state or blue state, or in a state where the margin is razor thin.
The point will come when the legal challenges will be deemed legitimate or not.
Then the system will move into the next phase of the republic’s transition of power — or not, depending on what is found.
If the former, President Trump will concede and accommodate an incoming Biden administration. Hopefully, protests will subside; in fact, the rioting expected and planned for up to Election Day didn’t happen likely because of Biden’s impending victory — a pleasant response. Perhaps the rioters are pleased with the anticipated election outcome and will work with the next president and the new Congress within the system.
Meanwhile, Trump effectively is the leader of the conservative populace and will be influential in the forthcoming four years, particularly as the Republicans begin to determine their standard bearer for 2024. Not to mention, the playbook for 2022.
So, in the words of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, let the system work.
“There’s nothing that the president’s doing that’s illegal or not within his legal rights,” Rubio says. “That’s our laws, so I don’t know what all the freak-out is about.”
Neither here. The system is working.