A little over two weeks ago the US had elections for President as well as some Senators and representatives. I’m quite sure most of you remember it since TV’s and newspapers the world over covered it along with the usual conspiracy theorists from Facebook. Under normal circumstances the election would have been done and dusted by now. But that doesn’t allow for the capriciousness of the current President Donald J Trump .
Once the count had been done which took a few days because of votes by mail which are counted last the results appeared Joe Biden. Democrat 290 seats and over 79m votes Donald Trump Republican 232 seats and over 73m votes. This appears to be a decisive victory for Joe Biden. Under normal circumstances, and I repeat this because it’s anything but normal, the President would concede (as gracefully as possible), the President elect, his Vice President Kamala Harris who is blessed by being the only female in the role and the only woman of colour. (By all accounts she is an outstanding person.) and their team would be given access to certain things like the Presidents daily report on intelligence and security. There would be aa certain amount of money to come from the President’s Fund to enable the President Elect to start preparing for the transfer of power on January 20th.
So far none of this has happened. President Trump averred election fraud and demanded recounts. He’s certainly entitled to those but then came his strange demand that certain parts of the count be disregarded like anything hat came in after the date of the election. The rule is that as long as votes are date stamped as received in time, bearing in mind that each State has it’s own rules about that, the President knew that those late arriving votes would probably favour his opponent who because of Covid preferred to postal vote. All the States said no because the count had been done correctly and as per the rules of the States. If proof could be shown then action could be taken. It as said that even if fraudulent claims were added (less than 100) it would not be enough to make a difference to the results. The counts went on as did the complaints. About 250 lawsuits were sent based on wholesale fraud and President Trump had one Governor fall into line. But this being a Republican State and the counters objected to the implication that they were not doing their jobs complained to the Governor who rapidly changed his mind.
Two weeks down the line and President Trump has declined to follow protocol. His voters who have been responding to a plea for more money probably don’t know that his plea for help with a 2024 bid is actually supplying the money to pay off his election debts and these lawsuits. President Elect Biden is being denied the rights of an incoming President that even Trump received with grace from President Obama. The situation is untenable. Currently the President’s own Lawyer Rudy Giuliani is appearing in court to try and have the results voided or he’ll revert to a fall back position. The Presidents team of appointees are trying to hamper President Elect Biden by creating problems with various Countries before he even sets foot through the door of The White House. Iran may be one of hose casualties. Since President Trump withdrew from the agreement over Iran’s nuclear capabilities Iran has produced more than enough material to make bombs but it has chosen not to. If America stirs Iran there’s no saying that choice won’t change. It will be an awful job for Joe Biden to try and reform the Iran agreement with the other Countries that formed it.
I can only say that either this job is such a moneymaker that President Trump doesn’t want to leave it or he’s trying to avoid being arrested when he leaves office or having to avoid his creditors when about 100m is due. He’s such a bad businessman when his empire runs at a loss that maybe he can’t pay. I personally don’t mind a bit of payback to this most offensive man.