U.S. Politics – December 31, 2020
By: Nathaniel Ballantyne
If the presidential election rigged why did Democrats not win the majority of Congress? For nearly two months, President Trump and his acolytes have been peddling lies about election fraud and sadly many Republicans believe that the election was rigged in favor of Joe Biden.
For the last six weeks President Trump and his supporters have filed and lost dozens of lawsuits challenging the integrity of the election. On December 14, 2020 the electoral college voted to confirm Biden as president.
On January 5, 2021 Congress will convene to accept the result of the elections and one Senator plans to object seeking to change the results of the elections. Will they succeed? And what would that mean to American democracy?
President Donald Trump is expected to return to Washington earlier than anticipated ahead of a planned disruption by Republicans when Congress meets next week to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Trump is now slated to leave Palm Beach before his annual New Year’s Eve party, even though guests had already gathered at his south Florida club and were told Trump would be in attendance, according to three people familiar with the matter.
The President typically relishes appearing on the red carpet in front of the press and his friends, but is skipping the event altogether this year in what will be an unusual move. In the President’s daily public schedule for Thursday, the White House stated the President and first lady Melania Trump will leave Florida at 11 a.m. ET to return to the White House. He has been in an irritated mood during most of the trip and fumed about everything from the election outcome to first lady Melania Trump’s renovations to his private quarters, according to multiple people who spoke with him.
At one point, Trump also said he was concerned Iran could retaliate in the coming days for the US drone strike that killed Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, one year ago. A person speculated that could be a contributing factor in his early departure. Trump was at Mar-a-Lago when he ordered the Soleimani strike on January 3, 2020.