Biden Declares Victory, Trump Yet to Concede
This Day in History | 1994
For the first time in 40 years, the Republican Party wins control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in midterm congressional elections.
Good morning Middle Americans,
Joe Biden and the rest of the world continues to act as if. As if Joe Biden is the president-elect. And Kamala Harris is getting plenty of credit for becoming the first woman to be elected as vice president. You can add all the firsts that come along with being a first-generation woman, the daughter of immigrants, etc. to that accomplishment. But at the same time we cannot forget that there are still real legal challenges to the election. And those challenges must be put to rest before this is really over. The issue in Pennsylvania, of accepting ballots after election day being the most important. There are also new Trump Campaign lawsuits expected to be filed tomorrow in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and elsewhere. That said, even the most ardent supporter of President Trump, who also still retains some shred of reality has to admit that the chances of a second Trump term continue to get dimmer by the minute. This, despite the fact that the electors from the electoral college don’t cast their votes until December 14th. There is plenty of time to let these legal challenges play out. Most of the media should keep that in mind. There are reports that Jared Kushner is privately pushing the president to concede. And that he’s entertaining the idea under certain conditions. That’s kind of hard to believe when you hear from the president’s legal team. No one seems like they are ready to give up yet. But the legal challenge is not the only important fight facing republicans.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Michelle Obama are talking about creating blacklists – of Trump supporters. They want a reckoning. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for a radical make-over of America, that he thinks will start in Georgia.
So where does all the MAGA energy go? A lot of it needs to go to Georgia, where the ballast of the Senate could be at stake with two US Senate races headed for a runoff. Also, keep in mind that the presidential race in Georgia is not officially over yet. And what about those stories that the election was actually a repudiation of socialism, and the far-left ideology and how Republicans won in places the Democrats had made advances in 2018? Joe Biden is reportedly thinking about opening a climate office inside the White House.
Also, things are not looking good for Steve Bannon’s criminal case. His lawyer has decided to drop him. And Tropical Storm Eta is no joke, bringing hurricane watches to Florida today.
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Joe Biden: ‘Time to Heal in America’
(CNBC) – President-elect Joe Biden called on Americans to come together and heal Saturday in his first speech since winning the presidency.
“This is the time to heal in America,” he said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, that capped off a day of celebrations and impromptu parades nationwide.
Jared Kushner Approached President Trump About Conceding
(CNN) – Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has approached the President about conceding the election, two sources tell CNN.
The move comes following Trump’s assertion in a statement from his campaign — moments after CNN projected that President-elect Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States — that Biden is “rushing to falsely pose as the winner” and that the race is “far from over.”
“I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands,” Trump said in the statement, which states that the campaign’s legal battle will begin Monday.
Biden Considering New White House Office on Climate Change
(Bloomberg) – Democrat Joe Biden is considering creating a special White House office led by a climate “czar” to coordinate efforts to fight global warming if he is elected president, according to people familiar with the deliberations.
Among the candidates being discussed to head the operation are former Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped broker the landmark Paris climate accord, and Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington who ran for the Democratic nomination on climate issues, according to the people, who asked for anonymity to discuss non-public deliberations. John Podesta, President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, has also been mentioned.
Steve Bannon Loses Lawyer After Suggesting Beheading of Fauci
(The NY Times) – Stephen K. Bannon, the former adviser to President Trump who is known for his right-wing extremism, suggested on Thursday that the F.B.I. director and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci should be beheaded, and Twitter responded by banning one of his accounts.
On Friday, a prominent lawyer who was defending Mr. Bannon against fraud charges in federal court in Manhattan abruptly moved to drop him as a client, one person familiar with the matter said.
Tropical Storm Eta: Hurricane Watches Issued for Florida
(Weather) – Tropical Storm Eta is tracking across Cuba and will pass near South Florida this weekend into early next week near hurricane strength bringing flooding rain, winds and high surf.
NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft have recently found that winds have increased to 65 mph.