Opinion: Trump is a sore loser

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Once again, President Donald Trump is setting a horrible example of how a person should act﹣in this case, how to act after losing a fair election.

Joe Biden won the presidential election held on Nov. 3 and it’s no surprise that incumbent Trump didn’t handle it well. He falsely declared victory early Wednesday morning, calling upon his initial leads in battleground states.

In Pennsylvania, a key battleground state, over 2,400,000 mail-in ballots were submitted. Most of these ballots were cast by registered Democrats. According to NPR, certain counties didn’t even allow mail-in ballots to be counted until after Election Day.

Trump was initially in the lead when votes were first being counted most likely because in-person votes were counted first, most of which were votes for Trump. His lead slowly shrank and Biden ended up winning Pennsylvania, helping him secure victory.

Biden was declared the winner on Nov. 7. The race, understandably, took so long to call due to the amount of absentee and early voting ballots that were placed as a safety measure to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Nov. 10, President Trump tweeted to “WATCH FOR MASSIVE BALLOT COUNTING ABUSE,” insinuating that ballot counters were lying about how many votes each candidate got. There is no evidence for this claim, deeming it baseless and further showing Trump to be a pathetic loser﹣quite literally.

As of Nov. 2, over 97 million votes were cast in the election, 62 million of which were mail-in ballots. It’s no secret that Trump is opposed to mail-in voting, probably because it gives more people access to vote.

Mail-in ballots allow for more people to vote safely, with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting by mail allows someone to avoid lines and potential crowds that would be likely unavoidable on Election Day.

In protest of Trump’s impending loss, his supporters took to chanting outside polling locations where votes were being cast, according to Now This News. In Arizona, they shouted to “count the votes.” In Michigan, they shouted “stop the count” once Biden took the lead.

The U.S. is a democracy, although Trump’s attempts to suppress vote counting blatantly goes against this. Ordering officials to stop counting ballots because they couldn’t all be physically counted on Election Day is absurd.

It’s also horrifying that Trump supporters are clinging to the falsehood that Trump won the election. It’s disgusting that over 72 million people voted for him.

What’s more, several Republicans are supporting Trump in his refusal to concede the election. In an interview with Fox News, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham urged Trump to not concede. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supported Trump as well.

It is irrelevant to point out the fact that not every Republican lawmaker is supporting Trump in his promotion of falsehoods because the ones that are standing with Trump pose a grave threat to democracy.

Since Election Day, Trump has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada. Each of these states were considered battleground states in the election. As of Nov. 14, Biden was leading in all of these states. Nevada and Pennsylvania secured Biden’s victory.

It is no coincidence that Trump is taking legal action against states that would have won him reelection.

You’d think that a loss would be straightforward to accept after having a failed university, bottled water company, steak company, airline company– the list goes on. But apparently, a reelection loss is the one loss Trump can’t accept.

You’re only being cheated if you’re losing.

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