Joe Biden wants President Trump to fall in line and declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, going as far as to call him “an embarrassment” for refusing to do so.
While several states are still finalizing their official counts and at least one state is heading for a recount, several mainstream media outlets have declared Biden the winner.
And, he wants Trump to formally concede.
The Democratic challenger has said Trump’s refusal to accept the still-pending results hampers the legacy of the presidency.
“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly … It will not help the president’s legacy,” Biden said via the Independent Journal Review. “I think that, I know from my discussions with foreign leaders thus far, that they are hopeful that the United States democratic institutions are viewed once again as being strong and enduring.”
“I think at the end of the day it’s all going to come to fruition on January 20 and between now and then my hope and expectation is that the American people … do know and do understand that there has been a transition,” he added.
#BREAKING: President-elect Joe Biden responds to President Trump refusing to concede: "I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly… It will not help the President's legacy." pic.twitter.com/ASKycNPR49
— The Hill (@thehill) November 10, 2020
Trump has repeatedly claimed on Twitter that he was the real winner of the presidential election and has launched legal efforts in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and Michigan to contest their voter tallies.
The president has alleged a mixture of voter fraud, illegitimate ballots, and ballot harvesting have contributed to Biden’s lead.
Trump is not giving up hope, however, as he claims the results of his lawsuits will secure his victory.
ABC News reports:
The day after Election Day, the campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that observers were not allowed to “meaningfully” watch the vote count in Philadelphia County. A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday granted the Trump campaign’s request to observe Philadelphia poll workers as they process the remaining mail-in ballots.
The Trump campaign filed another lawsuit the same day in state court alleging that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar illegally extended a deadline for mail-in voters to supply any missing ID requirements from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12. A judge ordered the Pennsylvania State Department to further segregate any mail-in ballots with missing voter ID information provided after Nov. 9. The judge has not ruled if the deadline should be moved back to Nov. 9, but wants the ballots segregated, and ordered that the state count them in the event she decides they are invalid.
Also the same day, the campaign’s legal team filed a motion to join a pending lawsuit brought by the Pennsylvania GOP seeking to challenge a three-day mail ballot deadline extension that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld late last month.
The Trump campaign has pending legal challenges in Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia.