President Donald Trump has steadfastly refused to concede the 2020 election, despite insistent demands from Democrats, the mainstream media, and even some Republicans.
The latest entity to urge Trump’s concession is the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, which argued that the president’s legal challenges were exhausted and his continued refusal to concede would be harmful to American society.
The main crux of the Journal’s argument on Sunday was the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected the Texas-led lawsuit challenging unconstitutional election law changes in four swing states, a lawsuit Trump had sought to join.
That “last gasp” of Trump’s legal challenges, in the view of the Journal’s editorial board, combined with the Electoral College being scheduled to meet and vote Monday for Biden as the winner, meant that Trump no longer had any “legal alternatives” remaining and therefore “ought to concede.”
“A time to concede”
The Journal did not summarily dismiss Trump’s search for legal recourse in the election’s aftermath as being illegitimate like others in the media have, nor did it deride as baseless the tens of millions of the president’s supporters who believe his claims that fraud and irregularities resulted in victory being stolen away from him.
In fact, the editorial board astutely noted that the president’s critics on the left have no room to talk in that regard, having spent the past four years clinging to the fantastical excuses of failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her unexpected loss, such as that Russia had stolen the election on behalf of Trump or that he was and continues to be an illegitimate president.
Furthermore, the Journal editorial even acknowledged that there almost certainly was some measure of fraud and irregularities in the recent election that must be swiftly addressed by state legislatures to prevent any sort of repeat in future contests. Yet, the Journal also insisted that those issues were likely insufficient to have resulted in a “stolen” election.
“There’s a time to fight, and a time to concede. Mr. Trump has had his innumerable days in court and lost,” the editorial board concluded. “He would do far better now to tout his accomplishments in office, which are many, and accept his not so horrible fate as one of 45 former American Presidents.”
Keep on fighting
An opposite message was put forward Monday by White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who argued that Trump should keep fighting all the way up until Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, Breitbart reported. “The only date in the Constitution is January 20, so we have more than enough time to right the wrong of this fraudulent election and certify Donald Trump as the winner of the election,” Miller said on Fox News.
With regard to the Electoral College vote, Miller noted that several swing states had put forward an “alternate slate of electors” that, in the event of the results being contested in Congress or other pending lawsuits finding success, “would ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open.”
Miller also pointed to three major issues he saw in the election in three separate states, all of which, if corrected, could flip those states to Trump’s column — improper absentee ballots cast in Wisconsin, the unconstitutional “curing” of defective mail-in ballots in certain parts of Pennsylvania, and improper changes to signature matching procedures in Georgia.
Whether Trump heeds the unsolicited urging of the media to finally concede the election or follows that of his advisers and supporters to keep on fighting remains to be seen.