For many Americans, Monday was a day of hope. Not only did the first people outside of clinical trials receive the initial doses of the recently approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but the nation finally got a measure of closure when the Electoral College officially affirmed the election for Joe Biden.
Biden Officially Elected by Electoral College: Shortly after 5 pm ET on Monday, the election of Biden was officially affirmed by the Electoral College when the state of California’s 55 electoral votes put him over the top. As expected, the final electoral vote tally was 302 in Biden’s favor and 232 going to current President Donald Trump.Read More »
The final step in the process laid out by the constitution will occur on January 6 when current Vice President Mike Pence will lead a joint session of Congress to count the votes. Lawmakers will still have the opportunity to dispute the results of the election when the votes are counted on the floors of Congress.
Although this development brings Biden one step closer to taking over the reins in the Oval Office, Trump has still not conceded the election, nor did he recognize the Electoral College vote.
Incoming President Addresses Nation with Call to Unite: Following the affirmation by the Electoral College, Biden took to the stage at his transition team headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, to address the nation with a call to unity. In the short speech, Biden assured the country that the democratic process worked.
The president-elect also recognized the tragic deaths of over 300,000 Americans at the hands of COVID-19, saying that his heart goes out to the families of the victims. Referring to the pandemic, Biden reaffirmed his commitment to overseeing the rapid vaccine distribution and rebuilding the economy.
Attorney General Barr Resigns: Just minutes after the Electoral College confirmed the presidency for Biden, Attorney General William Barr announced that he would resign next week. The resignation was announced by a tweet from Trump. While the relationship appeared to be strained over the last few weeks, Trump’s tweet painted the departure as amicable.
In the tweet, Trump also announced that Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will step into the role of Acting Attorney General. Stepping into his role will be Richard Donoghue.
Although Barr had been one of the president’s staunchest defenders over the course of his tenure, the relationship had been noticeably strained since the days after the election. This difficulty occurred when Barr told the Associated Press in early December that his Justice Department had not discovered any evidence of widespread voter fraud, despite the Trump legal team’s allegations that the election had been stolen from them.
Loeffler Speaks Out on Photo with White Supremacist: The campaign team of Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler strongly condemned a photo of the incumbent Senator posing with a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. In the picture, Loeffler is posing next to Chester Doles, known as a former Ku Klux Klan leader. Doles was also once a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance and was sentenced to prison after assaulting a Black man.
Loeffler’s campaign said that she did know the identity of the man when she posed for the picture with him at an event last Friday.
Loeffler is currently in the middle of a hotly contested Senate runoff election battle. As the Republican incumbent, Loeffler is going up against the Democratic candidate, Reverend Raphael Warnock.
Georgia Early Voting Begins on Monday: As the Loeffler campaign deals with the fallout from the controversial picture, the state of Georgia launched the early voting process for the January 5 runoff election. Early voting will continue through December 31. In addition to the contest between Loeffler and Warnock, Democrat Jon Ossoff is taking on the incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue for the second Senate seat.
Biden will be in the Peach State on Tuesday campaigning for the two Democratic candidates. The implications of this special election could not be any more important. As it stands now, the Republicans have a two-person lead in the Senate. However, should both Georgia Democrats come out victorious to tie the balance in the Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will carry the tie-breaking vote. This would effectively give the Democrats control over this branch of Congress.
Author Under Fire After Penning Controversial Op-Ed About Jill Biden: Wall Street Journal writer Joseph Epstein came under fire over the weekend after writing an op-ed urging the incoming first lady to drop the title of “Dr.” from her name. In the op-ed, Epstein criticized Jill Biden for using the title, claiming that it “sounds and feels fraudulent.” Biden has a doctorate in education and still works as a teacher.
She has said that she plans to keep teaching while serving in her role as the first lady. After the op-ed was published, Epstein was immediately criticized for being a misogynist. Shortly after the publication, Northwestern University was already trying to distance itself from Epstein, a former lecturer at the school. In a statement, the university said that it disagreed with the views of Epstein, stating that the incoming first lady’s designation as a doctor is well-deserved. In addition, the school removed the profile of Epstein from its website.
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