WASHINGTON – In 1787, after America had won its independence on the battlefield, a group of its leaders met in Philadelphia to write the Constitution.
A part of that document established the Electoral College, a group of “electors” who would settle any dispute over the race for the presidency.
Fast-forward to a group of electors who met this past week in each state, counting all certified votes, just as our founders envisioned, and declared former Vice President Joe Biden had defeated President Donald Trump. Case closed.
Biden had defeated Trump by winning 306 votes in the Electoral College, news outlets reported the next day.
In his triumphant declaration of victory, Biden ridiculed the lengths Trump had gone to to claim that he had won the presidency by charging that the election was fraudulent.
Trump took his case to a long line of state and federal district courts, and all the way to the Supreme Court, all of which dismissed his complaints out of hand.
“President Trump was denied no course of action he wanted to take,” Biden said. “He took his case to Republican governors and Republican secretaries of state ... to Republican state legislators, to Republican-appointed judges at every level. Even President Trump’s own cybersecurity chief overseeing our elections said it was the most secure election in American history.”
One by one, judge by judge, Trump’s preposterous charges were dismissed out of hand.
“They knew this election was overseen, overseen by them – it was honest, it was free, and it was fair,” Biden said. “They saw it with their own eyes, and they wouldn’t be bullied into saying anything different. It was truly remarkable,” Biden said.
Biden’s stinging reply to Trump’s blatantly false, baseless charges of corruption was his finest hour and his words drew blood.
“If anyone didn’t know it before, we know it now,” Biden said. “What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this: democracy. The right to be heard. To have your vote counted. To choose the leaders of this nation. To govern ourselves.”
Trump’s ultimate putdown came not from his own political enemies but from deep inside his own administration.
In the midst of his unsuccessful legal maneuvers, Trump got hit hard from someone unexpected: Attorney General William Barr.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said that he could find no widespread voter fraud that Trump had alleged countless times in his attacks on Biden’s election victories.
A couple weeks after Barr’s remarks were reported, Trump sent out a tweet that Barr would be resigning.
This has been a nasty presidency from beginning to end that has embarrassed our country and our government from day one.
Trump will soon be leaving the White House, and taking his enormous and pathetic ego with him.
His replacement, President-elect Joe Biden, will be a refreshing grown-up change for our country.
No more lies.
No more ugly rhetoric.
No more childish tweets.
No more calling our troops losers and suckers.
And no more fawning over Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
Donald Lambro has been covering Washington politics for more than 50 years as a reporter, editor and commentator.