Of course, the current President is refusing to concede to that reality, because, um, lawsuits — or something. Which is just fine with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Which, well, huh.
For the sake of argument, give all three of those states to Trump — even though the trend lines in Georgia (as well as where the outstanding votes come from) seem to favor Biden. That’s 42 electoral votes for Trump, bringing him to 256. And keeping Biden at 279, which, again, is nine more electoral votes than the former vice president needs to be the 46th president.
To follow Graham’s argument, then: Trump shouldn’t concede because the margins are close in three states that a) Haven’t been called and b) wouldn’t change the election outcome even if the President swept all three?
Graham’s argument is actually even more flawed than that, however. Because he’s not just suggesting Trump shouldn’t concede because of the electoral math (which he gets wrong) but also that if the current president does concede and “Republicans don’t challenge and change the US election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again.”
Which is a take!
The underlying notion in Graham’s Republicans-will-never-win-again theory is that Democrats are somehow cheating in this election and unless they are called on it, will only grow more brazen in future national contests.
That inconvenient fact means that Graham is wrong on both of his main points. Which won’t matter to the President and his most loyal supporters, who care little for facts and a lot for loyalty.
But it should matter to the rest of us.