Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
President Donald Trump is now chasing shadows with baseless allegations after a clear election defeat he cannot change.
Democrat Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, 77, defeated Trump in the United States presidential election held on November 3, 2020.
Biden crossed the 270 electoral votes he needed to beat Trump on Saturday morning and he was projected the winner by all major networks.
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Biden was set to expand the margin between him and Trump and could even reach 306 electoral votes, after flipping many states Trump won in 2016.
Biden was able to rebuild the ‘blue wall’ President Trump flipped from the Democrats in 2016 – Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
However, Trump, using the office of the presidency, has claimed without evidence, that the elections were massively rigged.
The only problem is, he was not able to provide any proof.
Trump simply resorted to setting up an office in Arlington, Virginia, to solicit social media videos and other post-election evidence that would lead to nothing.
Trump cannot overturn the election results as his defeat was widespread across the country. He lost the popular vote by more than 3 million and the electoral college count as well.
His legal team did not document any evidence during the election and only began to allege massive fraud once it became obvious the President was losing.
In addition, Trump’s party won many house and senate seats in states Trump lost.
If the elections were rigged, that would mean the Democrats did a terrible job.
Trump is claiming election fraud virtually all over the country, everywhere he lost – in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona. He indicated that where he won, everything went perfectly well.
Trump and a few of his friends in the Republican party seem to be at odds with most Americans who took to the streets on Saturday after Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were projected as winners of the elections to celebrate.
Americans danced, jumped, drank, raised the American flag, and celebrated almost as if a horrible dictator had been overthrown. The scenes resembled what is often seen in autocratic countries.
Trump is now chasing shadows as the country gradually moves on.
On Saturday night President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation and called for unity. He said he would be the president for all Americans, those in red states as well as those in blue states.
And although Trump was refusing to concede victory to Joe Biden, all over the world, congratulatory messages had arrived for the man who would become the 46th president of the United States.
Even in Africa, leaders were not moved by Trump’s refusal to congratulate his opponent, as they began offering their congratulations to the new American President-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as early as Saturday afternoon.
Even America’s closest allies in Africa, including South Africa, Ethiopia and Nigeria, quickly congratulated Biden shortly after networks projected him as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
African leaders said they look forward to working with the new leader and strengthening ties. They did not bother that Trump was going on an adventure with baseless legal claims that would lead nowhere.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted: “We congratulate President-Elect @JoeBiden and Vice President @KamalaHarris and the American people on your election. We look forward to working with you and deepening our bonds of friendship and cooperation.”
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted: “Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his election at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs. His election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means.”
President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted: “On behalf of the government and the people of Ghana, I extend my warmest congratulations to the President-elect of the United States of America, Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, on his decisive victory in the elections of 3rd November 2020. I also congratulate Senator Kamala Harris on becoming the first woman Vice President-elect of the United States.”
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted: “My congratulations to US President-Elect @JoeBiden and Vice President-Elect @KamalaHarris on your historic #Election2020 win. #Ethiopia looks forward to working closely with you.”
President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba tweeted: “On behalf of the people of Gabon, I extend my warmest congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris for their election to the Presidency of United States . Our countries have always been staunch allies. The close relationship built over decades will grow even stronger in the future.”
Togolese President Faure E. Gnassingbe tweeted: “My sincere and warm congratulations to his excellency @JoeBiden for his brilliant victory in the US presidential election. Sincere congratulations also to @KamalaHarris , the first woman Vice-President elected to take up this post.”
President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa tweeted: “On behalf of all Zimbabweans, a huge congratulations to President Elect @JoeBiden on his election victory. Zimbabwe wishes you every successes in leading the American people. I look forward to working with you to increase cooperation between our two nations.”
Inside the United States, congratulations came from everywhere.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush congratulated President-elect Joe Biden in a phone call on Sunday.
Bush said while President Donald Trump has the right to pursue legal challenges and recounts, the 2020 presidential election was “fundamentally fair” and “its outcome is clear.”
Bush is the only Republican President alive.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tweeted his congratulations to President0-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect kamala Harris on winning the 2020 U.S. presidential election, adding that he looks forward to getting the “surging pandemic under control.”
“Congratulations to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris,” Gates tweeted. “Thank you to the election officials and campaign workers who worked tirelessly to ensure a record number of Americans could cast a ballot and have it counted during such a challenging time for our country.”
Everything is therefore moving in the right direction. For instance, the secret service has provided security to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris while Trump and his lawyers chase shadows.
Trump claimed before the elections that he would only lose the 2020 elections if they were rigged.
They were not rigged, Trump lost, and as a bad loser, he’s determined to be disgraced out of the White House, instead of bowing out graciously.