President-elect Joe Biden's lead over President Donald Trump continues to grow. Biden now leads the incumbent with over 7 million votes as states continue their counts. Biden has received so far 81,238,188 votes to Trump's 74,189,097 votes, according to CNN's Presidential Election Tracker.
President Trump has insisted for the past few weeks that the election was fraudulent, although his own security agencies have found no evidence to support his claims. Last week he claimed, even without evidence, that Biden could only take office "if he could prove that his ridiculous" referendum was not "fraudulently or illegally obtained".
Trump has long referred to his first election victory as a "landslide" but failed to notice that Biden beat him with the same electoral margin Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. But even that is misleading.
FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver "found that the percentage of Trump-winning votes – 56.9 percent – was well below the historical average of 70.9 percent," according to a 2016 survey by Factcheck.org.
Factcheck.org went on to note, “Silver found that Trump's share of the electoral vote fell to 44th place out of 54 elections in 1804. Before that, presidential voters had cast two votes each, making it difficult to compare them to the present. Elections of the day. "
The news comes as Biden prepares to deliver a statement this afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware, on the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report that found the U.S. economy created only 245,000 jobs, seasonally adjusted, another clue on the economic slowdown following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Biden told CNN yesterday that he would ask Americans to wear a mask to contain the spread of the virus during his first 100 days in office.
“Only 100 days to mask, not forever. One hundred days. And I think we're going to see a significant reduction, ”said Biden.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.