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In the Manichean world of Donald Trump, there is one epithet more pathetic than any other: loser. He has used the term when describing fellow Republicans Mitt Romney and John McCain, critics such as Cher, his friend Roger Stone, and even American fallen heroes who died fighting for their country in France in 1918. Now he joins their ranks. He will forever carry around his neck the yoke of the one-term president, a burden shouldered in the last 40 years by just two other men – George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter.
To make his humiliation complete, Trump lost to someone he denigrated as “the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics”. But in the end, after a nail-biting vote count, Joe Biden proved himself to be a more worthy opponent than that albeit by a thin margin than polls predicted.
While we are on the topic of alleged voter fraud, it is worth noting again that here are some of the key Republican talking points, and why they are wrong about them.
Mail-in ballots are perfectly legal: while the number of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election were at a much larger scale than previously, mail-in ballots have been part of the US election system for years. It has also always been the case that some states allow ballots to arrive and be counted after the election provided that they are postmarked and dated on or before election day. Trump’s contention that these are automatically somehow illegal ballots is completely false.