The Electoral College decisively confirmed Joe Biden on Monday as the nation’s next president, ratifying his November victory in an authoritative state-by-state repudiation of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he had lost.
BREAKING: California has cast our 55 electoral votes for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, giving them the 270+ needed to formally be elected President and Vice President. 👏— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 14, 2020
“Once again in America, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed. Our democracy — pushed, tested, threatened — proved to be resilient, true, and strong,” Biden said in an evening speech in which he stressed the size of his win and the record 81 million people who voted for him.
Today, the members of the Electoral College cast their votes for president and vice president.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 15, 2020
And once again, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed.
Our democracy—pushed, tested, and threatened—proved to be resilient, true, and strong. pic.twitter.com/Ka1Aj3hV3m
The president had grown increasingly disappointed with the size of “Stop the Steal” rallies across the nation as well as efforts for the GOP to field its own slates of electors in states. A presidential wish for a fierce administration defense led to TV appearances early Monday by Stephen Miller, one of his most ferocious advocates, to try to downplay the importance of the Electoral College vote and suggest that Trump’s legal challenges would continue all the way to Inauguration Day on January 20.