“Trump’s Legal Challenges Are Legitimate, but the Country Needs to be Ready if they are Unsuccessful”

Let the Transition Proceed
by Charles Lipson
November 16, 2020

The more divisive our politics, the more important it is to respect the fundamentals of constitutional democracy. Two tenets are critical: Free and fair elections in which legal votes are counted honestly, and The peaceful transition of power. Taken together, they mean it is appropriate to pose legal challenges to an election’s integrity but not to impede the transition. Two weeks after Election Day, President Trump’s team hasn’t presented compelling evidence against Joe Biden’s victory. They are assembling that evidence and Mr. Trump says he sees a path to victory, but there is no reason to delay the procedures for transferring power to a potential Biden administration. That can be done while Trump’s court challenges go forward. READ MORE

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