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Trump Is Angry, But He Needs To Leave Gracefully
Sorry, America - Your Outgoing President Should Show More Dignity
I am among those who were more than a bit happy to see that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have ascended to the White House. Granted, I am Canadian, so it's not like I voted in the election, but the anger and the vitriol that has been sputtering out of the United States over the last four years has been painful to watch.
I'm sorry to say, it's not getting any better, America. Your current president is making things even more difficult for you to be taken seriously on the world stage.
Like it or not, the American election has captured global attention, and now that the election has been called in favor of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris, President Trump is in full meltdown. Those who continue to support him also appear to be. It comes as no shock to me that Trump's family continues to support the madness - these are, after all, his children who have gained a great deal from their father having the nation's top job - but the accusations are largely baseless to the point where other notable Republicans have tried to distance themselves as quickly as possible from Trump's words and actions.
Former Republican senator Rick Santorum said President Trump's allegations that the election was rigged were "dangerous" while Republican governor Larry Hogan tweeted that Trump's words were "undermining [America's] Democratic process."
"This is a case where they're trying to steal an election, they're trying to rig an election, and we can't let that happen," Trump is quoted as having said, via CNN.
These are words one might expect from a leader from the so-called "banana republics" Donald Trump Jr referenced the other day when he asked if the United States had become one. For those unfamiliar with the term, it hails back to when "In the 1890s, the writer O. Henry went to Honduras to escape embezzlement charges. In 1904, after his return to the United States, he published a novel called Cabbages and Kings, set in a country meant to resemble Honduras called Anchuria that he labeled a “banana republic” because it had a shady government and an economy that depended on bananas," according to "The Forgotten History of Banana Republic," an article written by Kashana Cauley and published on Catapult.com.
We teach our children that when they enter into a competition, it's important to be a good sport and to realize you can't win every time you try to do something. We try to teach our children to accept defeat gracefully and to move on with lessons learned in defeat. The fact that Donald Trump continues to tweet and use every potential opportunity to claim voter fraud or a rigged election only serves to smear what good name the United States of America has left on the global stage. The fact that he continues to threaten any one of a number of lawsuits - one of which has already been dismissed because it's "hearsay within hearsay", according to a recent tweet - just so he can try and maintain a stranglehold on the presidency is ludicrous. Biden now leads in electoral college votes 290-214.
The idea that Trump may very well have to be escorted by security from the White House in January, 2021 is becoming more real with each passing day. It's terrible that the United States has to bear witness to what is becoming one of the worst presidential defeats in recent history.
In saying that, I don't mean that Trump was soundly trounced in the election. The numbers themselves don't bear that out. However, he's continuing to make it very clear that he has zero intention of conceding even though the odds are stacked against him and that even if he had a road map to explain everything to him, he will simply continue to refuse to accept that he lost. That is what makes this defeat so brutal, and while it is historic that Kamala Harris has become the first female, black, Asian American to be vice president, it's becoming even more historic (depending on perspective) that the current president is melting down so visibly in the public eye.
It's completely shameful, and someone needs to sit him down to tell him to walk away before he makes things worse for himself and potentially for his country, overall. I don't trust Trump, and his current behavior is becoming more and more unstable from what we see via the media.