Post-Election Uncertainty Comes to an End


Ruby Sklar

The painstaking count of voting ballots and months of uncertainty left just 24% of Republicans believing the 2020 electoral result was accurate.  After the official announcement that Joe Biden won the election, there was a spectrum of reactions from the Republican party ranging from disbelief to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.


The Trump administration spread lies about voter fraud and false claims that the election had not been decided. The polarization of the election led to disbelief in the outcome of the electoral data, resulting in many Republicans refusing the outcome of the election.


Over recent years former President Donald Trump used media platforms to spread false information relating to his political agenda. Trump tweeted on December 19th, “ “Be there, will be wild!” The ban of Trump from Twitter was approved by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey despite pushback. Trump’s Twitter was disabled on January 6th the same day as the invasion of the U.S. capital due to fear that he will instigate further violence.


A woman from Knoxville, Tennessee, maced when attempting to break into the capitol building, stated,

We’re storming the Capital, it’s a revolution.” The video was posted online and went viral as a turning into a political satire.


On January 20 the former President Donald J. Trump did not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration. According to CNN, Trump stated, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.” Government officials urged Trump to attend the election to demonstrate a peaceful transfer of power. Despite Trump’s disregard for tradition and formality, “ former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton will be there to stand witness to the rite of democracy” The inauguration was a day of unity and peace in America emphasized by the speakers, singers, and poet Amanda Gorman who delivered messages of equality and togetherness for the American people.


In Biden’s inaugural speech he stated, “Yet hear me clearly: Disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you: I will be a President for all Americans”. His speech emphasized that he will be a president for all, aiming to reassure all citizens that they will be heard despite whom they voted for in the recent election. Despite Republican voters believing that the election was stolen the inauguration represented the core values of the American democratic system.