This is what Joe Biden mentioned: “Be affected person, of us. Votes are being counted, and we be ok with the place we’re.”

And here is what President Donald Trump mentioned: “”IF YOU COUNT THE LEGAL VOTES, I EASILY WIN THE ELECTION! IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, THEY CAN STEAL THE ELECTION FROM US!”

Earlier than you ask, no, my “Caps Lock” button wasn’t by chance on. That is how the assertion from the President of the United States truly learn.

It is also value noting right here that nothing Trump yelled in his assertion is definitely correct. His push to cease counting the vote-counting course of after November 3, which might invalidate thousands and thousands of authorized, early votes solid in locations like Georgia and Pennsylvania, is basically anti-democratic.

However even placing apart — for a minute — the falsehoods in Trump’s assertion, the distinction in tone between what the two candidates needed to say about the ongoing rely is totally flabbergasting.

Biden’s assertion urges calm and endurance as the democratic course of performs out. Trump’s appears purposely designed to outrage and enrage his most loyal supporters who will consider his false claims regardless of the whole lack of proof for them.

Sure, it is simpler for Biden to take the excessive highway as a result of he’s, in all probability, going to be elected the subsequent president of the United States. And everyone knows that being a gracious winner is a heck of rather a lot simpler than being a gracious loser.

Besides. Are you able to think about ANY different candidate for the nation’s highest workplace utilizing the delay in vote tallies — a delay everybody anticipated because of the variety of mailed-in ballots — ever even contemplating saying one thing like Trump did on Thursday? Trump can also be scheduled to make remarks from the White Home at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Twenty years in the past, when a ruling by the Supreme Court docket all however ended Al Gore’s possibilities in Florida, that is what he mentioned in concession: “Tonight, for the sake of our unity as a folks and the energy of our democracy, I supply my concession.”

Nothing about the election being stolen from him. Nothing about “unlawful” votes. Only a recognition that the presidency is each greater and extra essential than anybody particular person.

Trump will not be able to that kind of perspective. What’s scary is how many individuals will unquestioningly observe his misguided lead.

The Level: Even in the wake of the 2020 election, Trump’s efforts to destroy the phrase “presidential” haven’t abated. In truth, they’ve elevated.