Is Donald Trump Subverting Democracy by Refusing to Concede the Election?

Joe Biden has clearly won the presidential election with 306 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 232 electoral votes.  One of the closest votes was in Georgia which has now done a recount showing that Biden still won by a similar margin.

Consider the following:

  • The Trump campaign claims vote voter fraud was committed in the election process but has not been able to convince any court to intervene and time is running out.  It has also tried to persuade state legislators in Michigan to intervene in the vote certification and electoral-college vote assignment process which would surely be challenged in court if it happened.
  • The 2020 presidential election attracted an unusually high 67% of registered voters. Far more voters were voting against Trump than were voting for Biden.  In other words, Trump has dramatically increased political participation in the U.S.  This bodes well for the future of democracy.
  • Donald Trump will no longer be the U.S. President as of 12:00 noon on January 20, 2021. But his influence on American politics will continue.  At this point, he virtually owns the Republican Party whose candidates in the election did surprisingly well all over the country.  In other words, Trump has big coattails, even in defeat.
  • As for his political future, he will likely keep up his daily tweeting after he leaves the White House. Furthermore, he has the option of running again in 2024.  If he does, he will be the frontrunner in the Republican primaries.  His chances in the general 2024 election will depend on how the Democrats do in the meantime.

Conclusion.  Trump’s clumsy attempt to overthrow the election results may appear appalling and antidemocratic.  But this is the crude and politically incorrect style responsible for his enormous political success in the first place.  Overall, his participation in U.S. politics has been, and will continue to be, highly effective in maintaining public interest in the political process and therefore strengthening American democracy.

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