Trump supporters are preparing to assemble in the “Million MAGA March” this Saturday in Washington, D.C in an effort to amplify the president’s dissatisfaction with the presidential election’s outcome.
As Americans watched in close pursuit of the final election results for what many have considered a critical race for the U.S presidency, the fate ultimately rested in four battle ground states—Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska.
Securing Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes was enough to thrust the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, clear over the 270 electoral count threshold needed to succeed his predecessor.
However, alleged vote counting irregularities roused dissatisfaction within President Donald Trump who took to Twitter claiming that the integrity of the voting system had been compromised.
“Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key states, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled,” said Trump. “Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!”
Soon after, his base descended to the streets everywhere to contest the election outcome.
African American Trump supporter, Micah Nibbs says he believes the election was rigged.
“I think this has been the most clearly fraudulent election process we’ve ever seen and it absolutely scares me how easily people are willing to accept it because their candidate won,” said Nibbs.
The overnight collapse of voting margins can be attributed to mail-in ballot updates.
According to a Pew Research study the process of voting was a source of contention for many voters beset by COVID-19 worries. This year’s mail-in ballots accounted for nearly 26.6 million votes out of a 53 million total. 51 percent of Biden supporters said they plan to vote by absentee ballot, only 20 percent of Trump voters reported they would be voting by mail as well.
The Trump campaign filed lawsuits regarding the expansion of powers for poll watchers and challenging absentee ballot systems in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia.
Though President Trump has expressed his refusal to concede there is no legal obligation to do so. According to the 20thamendment the transition of power will take place on January 20..
Political science Political science professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Shariff Abdul, says that the lawsuits are just an effort to keep the Republican base alive ahead of midterm elections. If the cases don’t reach the federal level, they won’t have much of an impact on the election outcome.
“Ultimately it’s up to the judges who have this lawsuit on their docket. It would have to go to supreme court for it to have an impact,” said Abdul.
The political science professor doubled down on his position referencing an instance in which the Bush administration filed a lawsuit in Florida to halt election counts.
“The difference from what happened in the Bush administration and what’s going on now is the writ of certiorari. Bush was able to stop the count in Florida and the case was able to be heard on a supreme court level. Without these cases reaching the federal level, they would be thrown out on arrival,” said Abdul.