One Election: A Nation Divided

  • December 17, 2021

On November 7th, four days following the national election, the Associated Press, followed by other news organizations, projected the National Presidential Election victory for Joseph Biden.  Despite there being pressure placed on current President Trump to concede, just days later, on November 15th, he stated (referring to Biden), “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA...I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”

Image obtained from NYT

The days following the election, Trump supporters organized protests in support of the president’s claims, with slogans like “Stop the Steal” being commonplace.  Great controversy has surrounded the election, to the point in which fraud has been alleged by prominent political figures, like Senator Ted Cruz and former mayor of New York (and Trump’s current lawyer) and Rudy Guliani. Hearings in Georgia, Nevada, and Michigan have opened the floor for discussion about the possibility of fraud that has occurred in the election.  

The witnesses (in statements to corroborate their affidavits) at these hearings have come forward with claims of unfair treatment of poll watchers, the counting of invalid votes, misuse of the dominion software voting system, and unlawful casting of ballots.  However, the validity of the hearings has also come into question on December 2nd, as Dana Nessel, attorney general for the state of Michigan, stated in a tweet that “This hearing is a state-sponsored disinformation campaign geared toward undermining our electoral system.”

All in all, conflicting views of the validity of the election still have ways to go, and with that, the political divisions surrounding it.

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