Defraud or Applaud

The election has officially come to an end and President Joseph Biden has been in office three weeks. This election produced many historic incidents that will shape the country and change traditional politics. 

One of the major incidents that happened during the election is the amount of alleged election fraud stories involving Donald Trump. 

According to an article by USA today, A look at what several state supreme courts said about rejecting attempts to overturn Biden’s election win” by Savannah Behrmann (Dec. 11). “Many of Trump’s accusations of voter fraud have been turned down by the supreme courts.”

“During the recent presidential election former President Trump made numerous accusations of voter fraud,” Sarina Bedawid ‘22 said. “There was likely some fraudulent voting during the election, there is in most elections, however, not enough to change the outcome. Many of the claims had little proof or sketchy eye witnesses so it is no wonder The Supreme Court threw them out.”

According to an article by Fox News, “Trump urged Georgia election official to ‘find’ votes in a phone call, insisting he won: report” by Brooke Singman (Jan. 3). “President Trump insisted that he won the state of Georgia in the 2020 presidential race during a phone call with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over the weekend, reportedly urging him to “find” enough votes to reverse the state’s results. Audio of the phone call was posted by the Washington Post.”

“That was a very suspicious way to ask for people to find fraudulent votes,” Luke Llansang ‘22 said. “The way he said it suggested that he was willing to commit election fraud just to win. I do think that it may have been taken out of context, but in any case, ex-President Trump went about the situation incorrectly. He is supposed to be a good example for Americans. With this and other violence he incited, he set a bad example.”

According to an article by New York Times, “If there’s fraud in the 2020 election, then we must find it: Devine” by Miranda Devine (Nov. 8), “It is not outlandish or unprecedented to accept the possibility that at least some of those margins may be erroneous, whether through human error or, indeed, fraud. Electoral fraud is not unknown in America.”

“There was no fraud in the election,” Mariam Yassa ‘22 said. “There were several recounts based on the accusations and the recounts resulted in nothing. There is room for human error, but the ex-president lost the election fair and square. He also lost the popular vote, so it is not unprecedented that he would lose the election. The way he chose to go about the situation and how immaturely he handled it by inciting violence and such is partially what cost him the election.”