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Biden is now officially the President-elect

No concession by Trump

Its a bit like reporting that Queen Anne is dead, but Joe Biden is now officially the US President-elect, thanks to the Electoral College voting in support of the Democrat candidate.

Biden won 306 electoral college votes to President Donald Trump’s 232. Although the general election was held on november 3, Joe Biden could not officially become the President-elect until the Electoral College voted on December 14.

Queen Anne is dead. Painting: Michael Dahl 1705

In fact, under the American electoral system, voters really cast their ballots for electors, who formally vote for the President some weeks after the election.

The end result is not a great surprise, as Biden had got some 80 million votes, compared to about 74 million for President Donald Trump. But both candidates performed better in terms of votes than any other Presidential candidate in US history.

For the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden received 306 electoral votes with Donald Trump receiving the remaining 232.

“In America, politicians don’t take power — the people grant it to them. The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. And we now know that nothing — not even a pandemic or an abuse of power — can extinguish that flame,” tweeted Biden. The tweet got 153,000 likes, and was commented on about 9600 times.

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. Photo: White House/David Lienemann

In another tweet he said:

“Today, the members of the Electoral College cast their votes for president and vice president. And once again, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed. Our democracy—pushed, tested, and threatened—proved to be resilient, true, and strong,” Biden also included a photo of him and Kamala Harris on the stage having declared victory back in November.

Biden posted this photo with his tweet acknowledging the Electoral College vote

Many national leaders had already given their congratulations to Biden shortly after the November 3rd election. But today with the Electoral College results, Biden also received congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

“Vladimir Putin wished the President-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear special responsibility for global security and stability, despite their differences can truly contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing,” according to a release from the Kremlin.

But not everyone is accepting the result as valid.

The President who is known to use Twitter regularly, making tweets on a wide variety of subjects, has said little about the Electoral College results.

But late on Monday he did comment on a tweet from someone else.

The tweet was from of KMC Radio and it said “Friends ignore the electors at this moment. Use this moment instead to CALL your Congressman. Politely demand that he/she reads the Audit Results report. Forensic proof exists that votes were flipped. Call 202.224.3121 & ask for your Rep & Sen,” tweeted Kevin McCullough, who has 140,000 followers.

“This claim about election fraud is disputed,” warned Twitter.

Official portrait of President Donald Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. Photo: White House/Shealah Craighead

Warning or not, Trump retweeted McCullogh’s tweet and included his own tweet.

“Thank you Kevin. Many Trump votes were routed to Biden. The highly respected Michigan Judge released this epic report. True all over the Country. This Fake Election can no longer stand. Get moving Republicans. Big Swing State Win! 75,000,000 VOTES.

“This claim about election fraud is disputed,” warned Twitter.

Trump also retweeted without comment another tweet.

“Election Status: Trump is in the process of proving he won, and Biden is pretending he did,” tweeted Cari Kelemen. Trump’s retweet was liked 86,000 times and got 10,500 comments.

Later on Tuesday Trump made a tweet which was more direct.

“Tremendous evidence pouring in on voter fraud. There has never been anything like this in our Country!” Trump tweeted.

The tweet got 126,000 likes in under an hour, with 33,000 people retweeting it and 32,000 people making comments.

Twitter too made a familiar comment: “This claim about election fraud is disputed” it said.

Vice President Micheal Pence poses for his official portrait at the White House, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Photo: White House/D. Myles Cullen

Vice President Mike Pence also had little to say about the Electoral College vote, his tweets instead about the coronavirus.

“As the @WhiteHouse Coronavirus Task Force told America’s Governors: This is a Historic Day! We have come to the Beginning of the End of the Coronavirus pandemic with the first vaccine being administered in States across the Country!” tweeted Pence, in reference to the fact that the first set of Americans were getting the vaccine.

It was a development that Trump also celebrated.

“First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!” Trump tweeted.

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