Congress certified Donald Trump’s presidential victory Friday over the objections of a handful of House Democrats, with Vice President Joe Biden pronouncing, “It is over.”
This is the final stage following the popular vote and the Electoral College voting. Now it is 100% final, and Trump will get sworn in on the 20th of January as the 45th President of the United States.
So it is all over. Have all the celebrities left yet?
House Democrats objected to the votes from at least 10 states, raising issues of voter suppression as well as American intelligence showing that Russia tried to sway the election in favor of Trump. In each case, their objections were denied because they didn’t have the support of any senators.
The House Democrats that did this are playing with fire. Objections to votes should not just be because they don’t like the winner. They risk setting a precedent that could burn them badly in the future if say a Democrat wins the Electoral College but Republicans control Congress.
It’s like the Democrats in the Senate who did away with the rules protecting the minority when it comes to confirming appointments. Now they are in the minority and have lost the ability to block nominations.
Trump finished with 304 electoral votes and Democrat Hillary Clinton got 227. There were seven protest votes for other candidates. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency.
There are 535 members of Congress yet 538 electoral college votes. Who knows what makes up the difference?