Joe Biden Presidency: Facts You Need To Know

Tracking developments in the presidency of Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States. Biden defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Biden served as Senator from Delaware and was the Vice President to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017. Biden’s running mate is Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) who will be the first woman, first African-American, and first Indian-American to serve as Vice President of the United States.

Background

Biden Victory Margin Is Over 6 Million Votes. “President-elect Joe Biden reached a lead of more than 6 million votes over President Trump on Friday as ballots continue to be counted in some states.” [The Hill]

Twitter Will Hand Over @POTUS To Biden On January 20, 2021. “Twitter said it is “actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio said in an email statement. The service will also transfer other government accounts such as @VP, @FLOTUS, and @whitehouse to the presumptive Joe Biden administration.” [Deadline]

Democrats Push Biden To Use His Executive Power. “Democratic senators are calling on President-elect Joe Biden to use executive power to advance goals such as tackling climate change, relieving student debt and creating a more progressive immigration system.” [NBC]

Trump Obstruction

100 CEOs Asked Trump To Concede And Begin Transition. “Concerned that President Trump’s refusal to accept the election results is hurting the country, more than 100 chief executives plan to ask the administration on Monday to immediately acknowledge Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner and begin the transition to a new administration.” [NY Times]

Trump Appointees Tried To Sabotage Biden. “At a wide range of departments and agencies, Mr. Trump’s political appointees are going to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent Mr. Biden from rolling back the president’s legacy. They are filling vacancies on scientific panels, pushing to complete rules that weaken environmental standards, nominating judges and rushing their confirmations through the Senate, and trying to eliminate health care regulations that have been in place for years.” [NY Times]

Trump Refusal To Concede Forced Biden To Crowdfund His Transition. “Ordinarily, a presidential transition would be largely taxpayer-funded, but that money cannot be released until the head of the General Services Administration (GSA), Emily Murphy, officially “ascertains” that Biden won the election. Despite the election having been called for Biden by all major media outlets — and despite the fact that key states have begun to certify his wins — Murphy has refused to do so.” [Vox]

AP: Trump Team Lied About Transition Problems. “The comparisons are part of a broader attempt by Trump and his team to undermine the legitimacy of Biden’s election and his right to an orderly transition by unspooling mistruths about both this election season and Trump’s treatment four years ago.” [AP]

Kayleigh McEnany Lied And Said Trump Wasn’t Given An Orderly Transition. “The morning after the election was called for Trump in 2016, though, Clinton conceded and called on Americans to accept the results and continue the fight toward equality in the United States.” [USA Today]

World Reaction

Vladimir Putin Wouldn’t Congratulate A Winner Despite Obvious Biden Win. “President Vladimir Putin says Russia is willing to work with whomever is officially declared the next president of the United States, but that he won’t offer congratulations until the winner is formally decided or a candidate concedes.” [Fox News]

Scranton, PA Honors Biden Win With “Joe Biden Way.” “”This morning I had the opportunity to join U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Marywood University to unveil a Joe Biden Way street sign to honor our President-Elect,” Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti said on Facebook. “This sign is a step toward recognizing this achievement for our City, in hopes of giving a lasting boost of confidence to every child who lives here.”” [CNN]

Trump Attempts To Overturn The Election

Despite Biden’s clear win, Donald Trump and the Republican Party tried several legal and public relations tactics designed to overturn the results of the election.

Courts Found No Evidence To Back Up Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims. “The strategy may have played well in front of television cameras and on talk radio to Trump’s supporters. But it has proved a disaster in court, where judges uniformly rejected their claims of vote fraud and found the campaign’s legal work amateurish.” [AP]

Trump Called On Georgia Legislators To Overturn the Election Results. “”Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to “flip” at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?” Trump said, despite refusing to produce any such evidence either publicly or in court cases filed by his attorneys.” [Politico]

Trump Attacks GOP Election Officials Who Refuse To Throw Election To Him. “Trump’s drive to discredit the results of an election he lost has put him at odds with the Republican elected officials and administrators who oversaw the vote in key states — and called it what it was: a free and fair election. Being at odds with Trump doesn’t go over well in today’s Republican Party, and Trump has turned their political bases against them, even unleashing threats from his most rabid supporters.” [Politico]

Trump Campaign Sued For Trying To Disenfranchise Black Voters. “On Friday, a group of Detroit voters filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that the Trump campaign’s legal actions aimed at throwing out some votes in Wayne County, home to Detroit, amounted to a mass disenfranchisement of Black voters.” [Vox]

Trump Lawyers Citing Birther Cases In Election Filings. “Not the be overlooked–the Trump campaign continues to cite birther cases as support for its standing in the Pennsylvania federal case.” [Marc Elias]

GOP Pressured Michigan To Delay Certification Of Biden’s Win. “The leaders of the Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party have asked the state Board of Canvassers to delay the certification of Michigan’s election results for 14 days.” [NY Times]

Federal Judge In Pennsylvania Tossed Out Trump Case, Said They Had No Evidence Of Voter Fraud. “Judge in Pennsylvania tosses Trump campaign lawsuit, says they have presented no compelling evidence of fraud or mismanagement.” [Kyle Cheney]

Wisconsin Election Officials Said Trump Observers Tried To Obstruct The Recount Of Votes. “Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count.” [AP]

Sidney Powell Removed From Trump Legal Team After Promoting “Kraken” Vote-Flipping Conspiracy. ““Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said in the statement. “She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”” [Politico]

Criticism Of Trump’s Refusal To Concede

GOP Governor Larry Hogan To “Stop Golfing and Concede.” “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan became the latest Republican to break with President Trump on Twitter, telling the outgoing commander-in-chief Sunday to “stop golfing and concede” rather than keep trying to overturn the election’s results.” [Daily Beast]

GOP Senator Pat Toomey Said Trump Should Concede. “Following yet another legal setback for the Trump campaign, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania called on President Trump to accept the outcome of the Nov. 3 election and move forward with the transition process in order to protect his presidential legacy. “President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” Toomey said in a lengthy statement.” [NPR]

GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer Called For Transition To Biden. “Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., called on the administration Sunday to begin cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, even as he repeatedly defended President Donald Trump’s attempts to challenge the results of the presidential election with unproven allegations of widespread fraud.” [NBC]

Chris Christie Called Trump’s Legal Antics “A National Embarrassment.” “Christie joined George Stephanopoulos on Sunday for This Week’s panel discussion, where he spoke against Trump’s refusal to start facilitating a transition of power. He said Trump and his team have had plenty of time to make their voter fraud case and dispute the results, but then Christie kicked things up a notch and said “the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”” [Mediaite]

If you liked this post, please click the link below to support this site and help create more