US heading for disputed election after Trump falsely claimed victory
London, Nov. 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-There are clear indications the America may require the assistance of the courts to decide who becomes the country’s 46th president as the world waits nervously, impatiently for US vote count
It is still pretty close race than opinion polls predicted with no clear winner yet or soon but Donald Trump made an unfounded claim that he has won the election.
In reality, many millions of votes remain uncounted and in his speech democratic hopeful Joe Biden said the count should go on until the wire
In a speech reacting to the unfolding election results, President Trump said he’d be going to the US Supreme Court and said of the Democrats: “They knew they couldn’t win, so they said let’s go to court.”
During the campaign, Trump has been a vocal proponent of the use of litigation. Speaking at a rally in North Carolina on Sunday he said “we’re going to go in the night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers.”
Former Vice-President Biden has not spoken directly about using lawyers in the aftermath of the election.
But, like President Trump, Biden has a legal team on standby, led by former White House Counsel Bob Bauer, and has fundraised in anticipation of a lengthy legal battle.
What was once a nightmare scenario is taking shape, with Biden saying he is on a path to victory and Trump lobbing unfounded accusations of voter fraud and electoral theft.
It’s a recipe for acrimony and a protracted court battle, which ends with supporters on the losing side feeling angry and cheated.
Although the final results aren’t known, what is clear after election night is that the US continues to be a sharply divided nation.
The American voters did not repudiate Trump in any meaningful way. Nor did they give him the kind of ringing endorsement that the president had hoped for.
Instead, the battle lines are drawn – and the political warfare will continue no matter who prevails in this particular election.
According to the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections project there were already 437 election-related lawsuits in the run-up to the election. This legal action, some of which is ongoing, has been undertaken by both Democrats and Republicans.