TRUMP VOWS TO LEAVE WHITE HOUSE IF ELECTORAL COLLEGE PICKS BIDEN
US President Donald Trump said he would leave the White House if the Electoral College declares Joe Biden the election winner, but added he was not prepared to concede defeat and repeated false claims he won, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
The president said that he would "certainly" leave the White House if the Electoral College voted for Biden but repeated claims of "massive fraud" in the election, without providing supporting evidence before the courts and the electorate. To add horrors to his illogical claims, Trump argued an Electoral College appointment of Biden would be a "mistake." The Electoral College does not appoint the President. It is the process by which states select the President who earns at least 270 college votes.
"I know one thing, Joe Biden didn't get 80 million votes," Trump said, according to reporters who dialed in, even if the official count showed he had surpassed that number. "It's going to be a very hard thing to concede," Trump said when asked what he will do if the Electoral College elects his opponent.
According to forecasts by the US media, Biden has secured 306 electoral college votes, significantly more than the majority of 270 votes necessary to win. Each state must officially certify their vote tallies before deadlines in early December. Trump’s conceding is no required by law but by common sense and the US political culture since t ensures peaceful transitions.
The Electoral College vote and the ultimate declaration of the winner by Congress on January 6 are usually symbolic events, but since Trump has declined to concede, they may take on more significance this time. In the national popular vote count - a metric to gauge popularity but with no legal meaning - Biden leads Trump, with about 80 million votes to some 73.9 for the incumbent, a lopsided advantage of more than 6 million votes. Trump is pursuing numerous court cases to try to stop Biden from being declared the winner. As of last count, he had lost 34 cases out of 35, for which reason he has been mocked as a world-class loser, along with his counsel Rudy Giuliani.