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Are These the Real Reasons Donald Trump Refuses to Concede the Election?

The outgoing President has clung to an alternative narrative about the outcome of the 2020 election

Andrew Martin
4 min readNov 15, 2020

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Now more than a week after the 2020 presidential election, incumbent Donald Trump still refuses to concede despite being beat handily by President-Elect Joe Biden in both the popular vote and electoral college. Alleging wide-ranging voter fraud despite having presented no supporting evidence, Trump is contesting the outcome in the courts and proceeding as if he actually won. While it’s possible he may indeed be attempting a coup d’etat and grab the election by force, there are a couple of other reasons that may be the true motivation behind his petulant and inappropriate behavior.

Before anything else, it’s important to not dismiss the idea that Trump might attempt to remain in power and bypass the will of the people. He has proven himself time and time again to embrace self interest first, second and third. A play to invalidate the election results is certainly not out of the realm of possibility, especially given the murkiness of what would happen in the case of such an attempt. The Atlantic’s Barton Gellman explains:

“Trump’s state and national legal teams are already laying the groundwork for postelection maneuvers that would circumvent the results of the vote count in battleground states. Ambiguities in the Constitution and logic bombs in the Electoral Count Act make it possible to extend the dispute all the way to Inauguration Day, which would bring the nation to a precipice. The Twentieth Amendment is crystal clear that the president’s term in office ‘shall end’ at noon on January 20, but two men could show up to be sworn in. One of them would arrive with all the tools and power of the presidency already in hand.”

The reality at what America might be starting at in such a scenario is bleak, according to Princeton professor of history and public affairs, Julian Zelizer, who spoke with Gellman:

“We are not prepared for this at all. We talk about it, some worry about it, and we imagine what it would be. But few people have actual answers to what happens if the machinery of democracy is used to prevent a legitimate resolution to the…

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Andrew Martin

Dabbler in history, investing & writing. Master’s degree in baseball history. Passionate about history, diversity, culture, sports, investing and crypto.