Trump Refuses to Accept Election Defeat, Attempts to “Find the Fraud”

Hannah Chun, Around School Editor

It is apparent that “Donald Trump” is synonymous with “sore loser.” After suffering a defeat in the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden by 74 electoral votes, former President Trump took a variety of extreme and even unlawful actions in an attempt to “find the fraud” and “prove” that he won the election. From making several phone calls to Georgia lawmakers and pushing them to add enough votes to his side so he could prove the election was a “fraud” (despite losing to Biden in that state by 11,779 votes), to provoking his supporters to violently storm the US Capitol, it is clear that Trump does not stop at any measure to fulfill his desires, no matter how violent or even deadly these procedures can become.

For one, Trump made multiple phone calls to Georgia lawmakers pleading with them to give him more votes, votes that he apparently wanted out of thin air. His phone calls to the lawmakers occurred between early December and early January. Despite these illegal attempts to meddle with the election results, he was “rebuffed” by Georgia officials every time, and fortunately, too.

After everything that has been happening, especially recently, thinking about the fate of American democracy and the wellbeing of the country as a whole, is terrifying.

Then there is the raiding of the Capitol by his supporters, who also insist that he won the election and that anyone who believes Biden won is wrong―a view that is very heavily influenced by fake news, biased media, and even the claims of Trump himself. Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building on January 6th, causing the injuries and deaths of a number of people. Unsurprisingly, Trump was behind this storming of the Capitol, telling his supporters within the hour of the raid, “We will not let them silence your voices. We’re not going to let it happen … We’re going to walk down to the Capitol.” And “walk down” they did. For hours, his supporters broke into the building, stole and destroyed items, waved Confederate flags, and performed other appalling and obscene behavior. As all hell broke loose and DC swarmed with chaos that day, Trump barely made an effort to stop it, continuously avoiding speaking to those involved in the insurrection. When he finally made a public statement, Trump began with, “I know you’re in a lot of pain,” continuing, “I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us.” He even went so far as to say, “We love you.” To top off this horrific series of events, while Trump has been impeached and a few individuals involved in this insurrection have been identified and arrested, the majority of these terrorists will likely remain unidentified and punishment-free.

Furthermore, Trump’s spread of misinformation and dangerous language even led to the permanent suspension of multiple of his social media accounts, including Twitter, the social media platform that is most infamous for his unprofessional, inaccurate, and often downright violent posts.

What repercussions have followed this series of events? On Thursday, January 14th, Trump was impeached for the second time during his presidency, making him “the first leader in US history to be impeached twice by the House.” This series of impeachments comes as no surprise, though, considering the unlawful ways Trump attempted to win the election and myriad controversial acts he performed during his term.

The audacity of Trump and his supporters to ferociously and violently attempt to take the election, despite being faced directly with the fact that Trump lost and Biden won (and “by a lot,” too), is truly appalling. After everything that has been happening, especially recently, thinking about the fate of American democracy and the wellbeing of the country as a whole, is terrifying.

However, with Trump impeached and his social media banned, many at least have the small comfort of knowing that he has been just a little more silenced. Now, with what seems to have been one of the most irrational and violence-provoking US presidents out of office and Biden as our new president his plans for America―including plans for tackling the coronavirus and making the country a safer place for all―might just be able to save the country from the depths it has plummeted to.