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Editorial

Everyone but Trump

Karl Rove, the ‘architect’ of George W. Bush's victory in 2000, in a spectacular move separating himself from President Trump, dealt an especially devastating blow to the latter for his refusal to concede defeat in the recent election.

Rove, the weekly Wall Street Journal columnist and regular commentator on Fox News, published an article last week titled “This Election Result Won’t be Overturned,” in which, among other things, he noted:

“The president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome. There are only three statewide contests in the past half-century in which recounts changed the outcome: the 1974 New Hampshire Senate race, the 2004 Washington governor’s contest, and the 2008 Minnesota Senate election. The candidates in these races were separated, respectively, by 355, 261, and 215 votes after Election Day. These margins aren’t much like today’s. Mr. Biden led Wednesday in Wisconsin by 20,540 votes, Pennsylvania by 49,064, Michigan by 146,123, Arizona by 12,614, Nevada by 36,870 and Georgia by 14,108 … To win, Mr. Trump must prove systemic fraud, with illegal votes in the tens of thousands. There is no evidence of that so far.”

Rove concluded: “Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.”

It is not at all likely that Trump will listen to him. But it is a good piece of advice. Both for him and for the country.

Trump, including during a 10-minute public appearance for the first time since the election to honor veterans on Veteran’s Day, continues to remain (mostly) publicly silent.

What he is doing is constantly sending angry tweets about election fraud and asking for financial support for the lawsuits he is preparing.

The Senate Majority Leaders' theory is that Trump needs time to process his feelings in order to accept defeat, because for him there is no greater humiliation than defeat. So, they say, let's give him some time to recover and he will leave.

Undoubtedly, losing the presidency is not an easy thing. It is not often that one loses re-election, but it does happen. But none of the previous presidents who failed to get re-elected did what Trump is doing.

They all gritted their teeth and did what they had to do. Not just for their own good at the time or for their legacy, but for the good of their country.

Everyone but Trump.

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