As soon as the electoral college has voted for Joe Biden, the outgoing President Donald Trump will leave the White House.
A good three weeks after his election defeat, US President Donald Trump has announced his withdrawal in mid-December. Trump announced on Thursday that he would leave the White House if the electoral college voted for his opponent Joe Biden. “Sure I will. And you know I will,” he told journalists on the occasion of the holiday Thanksgiving. The meeting of the electoral college is scheduled for December 14.
Democrat Biden had won the election on November 3. However, Trump has not yet admitted his defeat and speaks of fraud and irregularities. The Republican is taking legal action against the results of the vote. Recently, however, Trump had cleared the way for a transfer of power to Biden after growing pressure from his party.
Now, for the first time since the election, he answered questions from reporters. At the same time he repeated his accusations of fraud. “It was a rigged election,” he stressed, “at the highest level. Trump added: “We know that there was massive fraud. Again, he provided no evidence for this account.
The bottom line is that Biden received over six million more votes nationwide than Trump. But what is important is how a candidate performs in individual states. In the end, it is not the majority of the total votes cast that decides the winner, but the electoral college. The electoral college is made up of electoral staff, who are appointed by each state depending on its population. As a rule, all the electoral staffs in a state are assigned to the candidate who performs best in that state.
The electoral college is composed of 538 electoral officers. They will cast their votes in their states on December 14. To enter the White House, at least 270 of the 538 votes are required. Biden gets 306 voters in the November 3 ballot – Trump only 232.
The electoral college will elect the next president and vice-president on December 14. However, the result of the vote will not be announced until January 6. Both steps are considered formalities in view of the long known election results. Biden (78) is then to be sworn in as the new president on 20 January.
- hp with reports from news agencies and kurier.at. picture: pixabay.com
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