Donald Trump and his Republican Party are adamant on not accepting defeat in the presidential election. At first some analysts did not take it seriously. But the manner in which Trump has launched a legal and publicity campaign against the election result and as the atmosphere of social tension is growing in America, Trump’s methods are now causing serious concern. Former President Barack Obama has said that no one has done as much as Trump has damaged the image of American democracy by such antics.
It is now feared that Trump will really try to stay in power. Soon after the election results were revealed, Trump’s Attorney General William Barr gave the government prosecutors the authority to investigate the election rigging. Angered by this, the election crime branch chief of the US Ministry of Justice has relinquished the post.
Whereas, a large number of petitions have been filed on behalf of the Republican Party to investigate a large number of election rigging in different states. Despite this, law experts believe Trump’s chances of being president are minimal. It is a matter of fact that this stubborn attitude of his is increasing the tension in the society.
According to the American Election System, the Electoral College meets on December 14, the day the President is formally elected. For Electoral College, members from every state are decided according to the votes received by the candidates there. The Electoral College consists of 538 members. That is, a candidate needs the support of at least 270 members to win. Now results have come out from all states. Accordingly, 306 members of Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden have been elected.
Analysts say Biden’s election can be halted only if Trump’s petitions reverse the results of at least three major states. But it is not likely. But the argument has been put forward by the Republican Party that if the voting turns out to be controversial, then the responsibility of nominating members of the Electoral College will fall on the state legislature.
Biden won from the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, but the Republican Party has plenty of legislatures there. That is, these legislatures can nominate pro-Trump members in that situation. But observers say that there are no signs of electoral rigging, based on which there is scope to do so.
Richard Hassan, a law professor at the University of California, told the newspaper The Guardian – If this country continues to live according to the rule of law, I don’t see any credible constitutional way that Trump can remain president. Expert in Election Rules Prof. Hasen said that if legislatures appoint members of the Electoral College, it would be called an orgy of power-grabbing in an anti-democracy manner.
Richard Pyolds, a law professor at New York University, told the same newspaper that a lot of hypothetical things are being talked about what legislatures can do. But these things are not possible in reality. Pields said the truth is that elections were held in America in a very smooth manner with a record number of turnout. This happened despite very difficult conditions. It would be ironic or a tragedy that the President has made his supporters understand that the entire election process was flawed.
The work of certifying the election process in different states will start from November 20. Different deadlines are set for this in different states. This work will be completed by 8 December. Trump and his supporters have made the condition that at least until then there will remain uncertainty.