Biden has won but Trump is defiant and still in power

I believe we need to be concerned about the anti-democratic behavior of Trump in the past week. He’s behaving like a fascist tyrant. Trump and most Republicans have shown us they don’t respect the election results. In fact, many have claimed widespread voter fraud.

All of this is propaganda. There hasn’t been a single case of voter fraud reporter by any state in the 2020 election. They’re suing without cause to create the illusion of impropriety.

We are in uncharted territory. The coming months will be critical to the survival of the republic. We must be vigilant and ready to act.

The historian from Yale, Timothy Snyder, wrote the following warning to Americans. Heed his words:

  1. This election will determine the future of our republic. Here are some principles for the preservation of freedom that I wrote nearly four years ago, when all of this was beginning. I share them again now in admiration of Americans who protest for justice and work for truth.
  2. Democracy is precious and exceptional.
  3. Democracy is undone from within rather than from without.
  4. The occasion to undo democracy is often an election.
  5. The mechanism to undo democracy is usually a fake emergency, a claim that internal enemies have done something outrageous.
  6. A tyrant cares about his person, not the Republic.
  7. A tyrant fears prosecution and poverty after leaving office.
  8. Donald Trump faces criminal investigations and owes a billion dollars to creditors.
  9. Donald Trump has said all along that he would ignore the vote count.
  10. What Donald Trump is attempting to do has a name: coup d’état. Poorly organized though it might seem, it is not bound to fail. It must be made to fail.
  11. Coups are defeated quickly or not at all. While they take place we are meant to look away, as many of us are doing. When they are complete we are powerless.
  12. American exceptionalism prevents us from seeing basic truths.
  13. Biden voters are wrong to see a Biden administration as inevitable. Take responsibility, Democrats.
  14. In an authoritarian situation, the election is only round one. You don’t win by winning round one.
  15. Peaceful demonstrations after elections are necessary for transitions away from authoritarianism, as in Poland in 1989, Serbia in 1999, or Belarus right now.
  16. It is up to civil society, organized citizens, to defend the vote and to peacefully defend democracy.
  17. Dance after the wedding, not before. Take responsibility, Americans.
  18. Republicans endorsing the claim of fraud endanger the Republic.
  19. Calling an opponent’s victory fraudulent risks assassination, as in Poland in 1922.
  20. Creating a myth of a “stab in the back” by internal enemies, as Republicans are helping Trump to do, justifies violence against other citizens, as in interwar Germany.
  21. Persuading your voters that the other side cheated starts a downward spiral. Your voters will expect you to cheat next time.
    —-Take responsibility, Republicans.

Remember: the election isn’t over until all the votes are counted.

Here we are. It’s the eve of the election and there’s great anxiety in the country over the words and actions of Trump and his sycophants. Trump has consistently refused to even say he’d accept the results of the election if Biden wins. In fact, Trump has been saying for months now that the only way Biden wins is if the election is rigged. Needless to say, this is dangerous rhetoric, which is becoming more concerning as we’re just hours away from Election Day.

Remember, things are going to be crazy tomorrow (and likely crazy for some time), but the election isn’t over until *all* the votes have been counted. There is no law stating that a winner must be decided on Election Day. In fact, the only winners on Election Day are merely projections by news organizations. They are not official; they are not certified. With so many people voting absentee due to the pandemic, it’s going to take some states at least a few day if not weeks to count all the votes. So do not be alarmed if a winner hasn’t been projected by tomorrow night.


Trump told insiders that he’s planning to declare victory if he’s ahead tomorrow night. We need to strongly and consistently push back against any illegitimate declarations of victory. With millions of ballots needing to be counted in several key states, he would be undermining the electoral process. Whether he loses by a low margin in some swing states or is absolutely demolished, he’s not going to concede.


This will be the first time in American history that a president hasn’t conceded an election, disregarding the a bedrock of our system: the peaceful transfer of power.We need to be vigilante and remind people in our circles about the facts.

It is not the time to become complacent after Election Day. In fact, we’ll need to double down on our commitment to see this through. If Biden wins the electoral college and Trump starts trying to cry unsubstantiated “voter fraud” or “irregularity” claims, he’s in effect attempting a coup to hold onto power despite the American people voting him out.

We cannot let this happen. We will not be the generation that let our democracy fall to fascism. This is our country: government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And we will not let it “perish from the earth,” as Abraham Lincoln said during his Gettysburg Address.


We will inform our friends and family of the facts and put pressure on public and private leaders to denounce it. The battle is not over until Biden is sworn in. American democracy is self governance: its power comes from the People. Therefore, we have the burden to not only vote, but to ensure the integrity of the election is maintained —especially when our leaders are unwilling to honor the oath they swore to protect and defend the constitution.

Don’t interfere with anything in the constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

—Abraham Lincoln