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Analysis – Despite the contentious debate about alleged vote fraud, litigation, and recounts, and the media declaring Joe Biden the “projected” winner of the election, one very simple fact is being overlooked by nearly everyone. There still is NO certified winner of the U.S. presidential election.

Everything else is political smoke and disinformation.

President Trump claiming victory early morning after election day was wrong and premature. However, Biden takes the prize for most delusional. Running around, while key states are still counting votes, and litigation pending, with a huge made-up sign saying “Office of the President-Elect” is beyond farcical.

Firstly, there is NO official entity by that name. It simply does not exist by the Constitution, statute, regulation, or law.

President Obama essentially made it up as a marketing ploy in 2008. This allowed him to undermine President GW Bush by giving “official” looking press conferences and making “official” sounding pronouncements while Bush was still the sitting president.

President Trump also made use of this faux entity in 2016 but to a more limited degree.

Biden though has taken it to an entirely new level. In his case using his made-up “Office of the President-Elect” signage to further the disinformation mirage that Biden has authority and legitimacy he simply does not have, because – Biden is NOT the President-Elect.

No one is – yet.

To be clear, politicians on both sides can simply say they believe Biden should be called the President-Elect, or that he be given intelligence briefings, the media and Biden’s supporters may want him to be the President-Elect already – but wishing, wanting, and pontificating doesn’t make it so.

Biden may soon be President-Elect, or maybe Trump will score a win in the courts that help him cross the finish line first and remain President.  But as of now, no one has been officially certified as the winner of the 2016 presidential election. NO ONE.

There is no President-Elect yet, and it is OK.

It is OK because there is an official process to determine the President-Elect and neither the media nor individual politicians have a say. And waiting a few weeks is not the end of the world, nor of democracy.

That is why new presidents are not inaugurated until Jan 20th to ensure time for the process to play out.

The first requirement is that vote totals in states be certified. In this election that means the key states that are still counting, or under contention, that will ultimately decide the Electoral College vote. That has yet to occur in several states in question.

The second requirement – per the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 – needs the federal Government Services Administration (GSA) to “ascertain” the winner and designate the President-Elect for transition purposes. Due to the litigation and lack of state vote certification, that also has not yet been done.

That is why Team Trump is not initiating any type of premature presidential transition with Team Biden, nor providing intelligence briefings to Biden. He simply is not legally President-Elect.

Then there is the most important requirement – the Electoral College. Until the Electoral College meets in mid-December to make the vote official, there really is no President-Elect.

In the past, Americans have allowed the media to project winners, and the political establishment went along, often before all these requirements were met, because, generally there was not much of a discrepancy between the projections and the reality. And few elections (2000 election being a big exception) were contested.

Sadly, that has now changed.

In today’s world, it pays to be patient and wait for official certifications, ascertainment, and Electoral College votes before declaring winners. That is the process that our brilliant founders created.

Both Biden and Trump need to follow it. And so should the media and everyone else.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Anna
Anna
1 year ago

First of all George Bush & obama alias Barry Soeterro are distantly related , when oabma ‘s step Father Mr. Soeterro whom was the CEO of Standard oil company when George Bush Sr. was the Head of Central intelligence under President Ford in 1074-1977 the 2 did hits on the oil companies , at that time Mr. Soeterro the step father married to the now Obama’s mother Obama’s alias Barry Soeterro at the time of death left 1/3 of his fortune to Obama/ alias Soeterro in Indonesia so the USA government could not find the money, then Obama changed his name from Barry Soeterro to Barack H. Obama . under his Illegitimate Presidency on the USA Obama did many unlawful thing the FBI director James Comey never exposed Obama for such as not being transparent about his real name, committing perjury, committing treason, Obama’s playbook reads after Ebola wait for corona Virus , in 2015 under his presidency he gave Wuhan pharma lab a 3.7 million dollar grant owned by George Soros Chelsea
Clinton’s uncle who owns the Wuhan Pharma lab, Planned parent hood making millions of dollars off of the backs of Americans & our health care system, & Mr. George Soros who also funds Black Live matter, which destroyed tons of American businesses, American lives, etc, & which Obama started a past black panther gang member whom the Democratic party allowed to enter the USA’s state Senate for decades to be corrupt in our American government during his presidency has committed many crimes against the USA & the American people while those in Congress, Senate & the House Speakers who condoned it & allowed it have become an accessory to those crimes there was no transparency which was promised to every American citizen . Denying a cost of living increase to every Senior, Disabled American citizen & those on fixed incomes for & years Mr. Barry Soeterro /alias Barack H. Obama was in office there is great scandal in the Democratic party for decades which is why I left that party to become an independent beginning from the Bill Clinton administration due to the constant violation of my rights cheating me out of rights benefits & monetary compensation due to me for decades spitefully the democratic party have some serious shame to be ashamed of for decades . & now I do have copies of election fraud I have read ^ seen , Americans are entitled to honest & fair election every election. Mail in ballots need to be only for the disabled & Seniors, or military who can not be present with a photos Identification . Nobody should be allowed to operate a ghost government tricking the American public

JANET WOODS
JANET WOODS
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

ANNA, Can I Copy This?? It Needs To Be For Others To Read!! Bless You!!

DONNA MARIE KELLEY
DONNA MARIE KELLEY
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

Obama alias barry Soeterro was the very worst President to ever destroy the true meaning of truth and honesty.

Alberta Jean Wilson
Alberta Jean Wilson
1 year ago

I hope and pray that President Trump remains our president as I am 72 years old he is the best President thats been elected that cared for us as in U.S.A HE CARES if Biden gets this U.S.A is a world of trouble!!!!!

Cecelia
Cecelia
1 year ago

PRESIDENT D.J. TRUMP , You are THE GREATES PRESIDENT THAT HAPPENS to this Country and It’s Citizens. Thanks for all the many, many things that YOU MR. PRESIDENT HAVE DONE TO OUR COUNTRY. YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED SO, SO MUCH IN SUCH A VERY SHORT TIME IN THE WHITE HOUSE AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A.. No other president in the last few years have accomplish more than you have. I HOPE THAT ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT YOU PUT IN PLACE WILL STAY IN PLACE. I PRAY TO THE GOOO LORD JESUS CHRIST AND GOD THE ALMIGHTY FATHER WILL BLESS YOU WITH FOUR MORE YEARS, SO YOU CAN COMPLETE YOU MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU MR. PRESIDENT AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.

citizens

DONNA MARIE KELLEY
DONNA MARIE KELLEY
1 year ago
Reply to  Cecelia

Thank you Cecelia, I would like to second that. God Bless Our President and his family. The Trump Family deserve our trust and blessings