Joe Biden’s popular vote lead over Donald Trump has now stretched to more than 6 million as he continues to rack up the largest number of votes in U.S. history.
The Democratic challenger, and now president-elect, currently has 79,823,827 compared to the president’s 73,786,905, a record in itself for a losing candidate in terms of sheer number of votes cast.
Biden’s victory in the popular vote count has also given him a compelling tenure in the all-important electoral college, which actually decides who becomes the next occupant of the White House, after swapping states like Georgia, Arizona, and the states. of the rust belt of midwestern Wisconsin. , Michigan and Pennsylvania.
However, it has not stopped Trump and many of his Republican allies from seeking to undermine the election result by launching a series of technical demands and objections and calling for recount. Neither of the tactics has shown evidence to support Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.
Biden, who has denounced Trump’s attempt to reverse the election results as “totally irresponsible,” spent Saturday meeting with transition advisers while drafting his administration. Trump was scheduled to participate virtually in his last summit of the 20 largest economies in the world.
Senior Republicans have remained largely silent on Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud or defended his right to seek redress, but the pressure was building after several doubts expressed Friday.
Two Republican sources said a press conference Thursday in which Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani accused Democrats of participating in a “national conspiracy” to manipulate vote totals, while admitting he had no evidence, may have been a turning point for some former allies.
The General Services Administration, led by a Trump appointee, has yet to acknowledge Biden’s victory, preventing his team from gaining access to government office space and funds normally provided to an incoming administration before the opening day on January 20.
The president-elect turned 78 on Friday in his home state of Delaware working on the transition of government, including a meeting with the two top Democrats in Congress: Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and the minority leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer.
In two months, he will take the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment and a settling of accounts over racial injustice.
As he struggles with those issues, Biden will try to accomplish another feat: proving to Americans that age is just a number and that he’s up to the job. Biden will be sworn in as the oldest president in the nation’s history, displacing Ronald Reagan, who left the White House in 1989 when he was 77 years and 349 days old.
The age and health of both Biden and Trump, less than four years younger than Biden, were glimpsed during a race that was decided by a younger and more diverse electorate.
Outside the gate, Biden will be eager to show he has the stamina to serve.
“It is crucial that he and his staff get in the position early in his presidency where he can express what he wants with a clarity that has not always been his strength,” said Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University. who has advised legislators from both parties. “You have to gain credibility with the American people that you are physically and mentally ready for the job.”
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