Editorial: Biden won. Time for the deniers to declare it, too

Posted January 27, 2021 5:00 a.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2021 8:15 a.m. EST

CBC Editorial: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021; Editorial #8630
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company.

It is time, well past time really, that our members of Congress – particularly those representing North Carolina who have been arguing otherwise – declare that Joe Biden got the most legally cast popular votes and got the most properly assigned Electoral College votes. He is the constitutionally elected president of the United States.

No one is asking anyone that they must be happy with the results. No one is asking anyone that they must agree with all the duly elected president stands for or says. Just state simply that Biden won the election fair and square.

On Jan. 6, President Donald Trump warmed up a crowd that later mounted an insurrection on the Capitol, saying:

  • “They rigged an election. They rigged it like they’ve never rigged an election before.”
  • “All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical left Democrats, which is what they’re doing and stolen by the fake news media.”
  • “We won this election, and we won it by a landslide. This was not a close election.”

None of it true. The election was not “rigged.” Trump’s own election security agency declared: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”

The election wasn’t stolen. Of 62 lawsuits filed in state and federal courts around the nation challenging voting and election procedures and processes, 61 failed. The lone victory, in a Pennsylvania court, affected a very few votes and had no impact on the election outcome in a state where Biden received 81,660 votes more than Trump.

There was NO landslide for Trump. Three recounts in Georgia all showed Biden defeating Trump by 11,779 votes. A recount in Wisconsin found that Biden received 20,682 more votes than Trump.

Rep. Greg Murphy of Greenville, says he objected to the Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania because of a “constitutional breach.” What knowledge and expertise does he possess, what FACTS does he command, that state and federal judges – including members of the nation’s Supreme court – lack?

It takes more than simply declaring, as Rep. David Rouzer of Wilmington did that: “There are just too many aspects of concern, too many irregularities and clear violations of the U.S. Constitution by several of the states in question, which is why so many instinctively have little confidence that the presidential election was fair.”

Rouzer, like Trump and others cavalierly toss around claims of “irregularities” and “clear violations” lacking a shred of tangible evidence. Those concerns weren’t as significant when Rouzer won election to Congress in districts that were declared unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

The theft that is going on – and needs to stop – is how Murphy, Rouzer (along with other fellow Republicans the North Carolina delegation Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Virginia Foxx and Richard Hudson) are stealing the nation’s faith in democracy and the integrity of our elections – the cleanest, most transparent and fairest in the world.

How can these folks sit in the Capitol and exercise the authority of “duly-elected” representatives while at the same time claim the same election system is flawed, rigged and broken when it comes to the election of Joe Biden? They can’t have it both ways.

Greg Murphy can say “he believes” several states “acted unconstitutionally” in the election. Others can make claims of irregularities and violations. In fact, those claims were made, challenged in courts, thoroughly examined, and found to be without merit.

Quit it already. There’s no requirement for anyone be happy with the outcome of an election.

But when the results are tallied, and when they are as thoroughly examined as the results of the 2020 presidential election have been, members of Congress in particular should be happy that democracy prevailed.

They must state, without qualification, that Joe Biden is the duly elected president of the United States.

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