States of America: United or Divided?
The United States of America has plunged into the unknown after the recent presidential election, where both main candidates declared victory, further exacerbating the social divides that had started to emerge since the early 2000s.
Joe Biden, who was recently declared as the U.S. president-elect by the mainstream media, has promised to be a president for all Americans across the political spectrum, including those who dfid not vote for him.
“I ran as a proud Democrat. I will now be an American President. I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did,” he said in a victory speech on November 7, exactly four days after a presidential election whose results were fiercely debated by Biden’s rival Donald Trump.
Biden added, “I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify; who doesn’t see red states or blue states, only sees the United States.”
He also noted, “Now that the campaign is over — what is the people’s will? What is our mandate?” Biden asked. “Americans have called on us to marshal the forces of decency and the forces of fairness. To marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.”
However, as Biden declared the campaign was over, Donald Trump just started a new legal campaign to challenge the results of the election in many battleground states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.
Calling into question the results of the presidential election, the current president Donald Trump has said repeatedly that the Democrats have “stolen” the election and that the election is far from over.
“All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud. Plenty of proof - just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!” Trump said in a tweet on November 5.
The president continued to challnge the results of the election in the following day even after the mainstream media announced the victory of Joe Biden.
Trump claims that he easily wins the election if the “legal votes” are counted.
“I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!” he said in another tweet on November 6.
As Donald Trump and Joe Biden continue to tussle over the election results, experts warn about the divisions that could be created as a result of the election dispute. Two recent books have argued that these divisions could possibly lead to the U.S. being disintegrated.
Donald Trump has gained more than 71 million popular votes in this election, almost 9 million votes more than his votes in 2016. Pundits believe that almost half of the U.S. population is likely to feel like they have been betrayed by the result of the 2020 presidential election, especially after Trump questioned the validity of the result. That will also exacerbate the existing polarization that dates back to the 1990s.
“There is not a single important cultural, religious, political or social force that is pulling Americans together more than it is pushing us apart,” writer David French says in his new book “Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.”
“If we keep pushing people and pushing people and pushing people, you cannot assume that they won't break.”