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Why is President Trump Obstinate And Unyielding on the 2020 US Elections?

By: Kurtis Adigba
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Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, lost his reelection bid to Joseph R. Biden, former Vice-president of the United States, and Senator from Delaware.

President Trump had defeated Secretary Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and had been expected to win a second term handily on the back of strong economic performance of his government, and his firm grip on the Republican base voters.

Trump himself had exuded confidence about winning; confidence that was bolstered by prophecies in America, Nigeria, and other parts of the world, that Trump will win a second term.

But Trump lost.

He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Trump defeated Trump.

Since losing the election, he has lived in denial. He claimed that he won and that the election was stolen from him.

Trump, his supporters, local party leaders, Attorneys-General of Texas and other States joined by 146 Congressmen, filed over 90 lawsuits or legal challenges against the election and lost.

Two of the lawsuits went to the Supreme Court of the United States, with Trump 3 appointed Justices, and were dismissed without merit.

Trump challenged results in the States of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia, and requested for recounts. The recounts did not find anything capable of overturning Biden's victory in these States.

But Trump won't accept the results and concede the election. He doubled down on the lies that he won and the election was stolen from him. He raised funds from his supporters promising to overturn the results of the election and remain President.

His key allies like Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo in an audacious statement said: "they will be a peaceful transition of power from one Trump administration to another".

Peter Novarro, Trump's loquacious and intemperate Trade Czar said: "Trump won the election and will be inaugurated for a second term." At the same time, key Congressional leaders of the Republican Party refused to admit that Biden won and Trump lost.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina urged Trump to reject the result and "fight like hell" to win. Trump made a desperate attempt to get Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, a Trump supporter and Republican, to find 11,780 votes for him to overturn Biden's victory in the State.

Biden won Georgia by 11,799 votes. Raffensperger refused and told Trump "you are being lied to sir. You lost fair and square. Numbers don't lie."

While Trump and his allies persisted in their lies about winning the elections, States certified their results and transmitted them to the US Capitol to be tallied, and for Biden's victory to be formally approved on the 6th of January,2020.

This simple Constitutional procedure has been happening for years without any attention, but it assumed a notorious dimension because Trump made it so.

He saw it as the only opportunity left to stop Biden and for him to be declared the winner.

As a Constitutional requirement or procedure, Vice-president Mike Pence, who is also the president of the Senate, will preside in a joint session of the US Congress to tally the votes and declare the winner based on certified results from the States.

Trump pressured Pence to reject the results and declare them the winners (Pence also ran in the election).

Pence told him he had no power to do so.

Trump persisted and got 146 members of Congress from the Republican Party to object to the counting of the votes.

Prominent among the objectors in the House are: Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Kevin Mccarthy of California, who is also the minority leader, and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the minority whip.

In the Senate, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, and Josh Hawley of Missouri led the way.

Trump knew the challenge was a futile attempt - it will not overturn Biden's victory and he will not remain president, so he hatched a plan B - get his supporters to hold a massive protest in Washington and stop the confirmation of Biden's victory.

On the 6th of January, 2020, Trump got his wish. Thousands of MAGA supporters descended on Washington to protest the results and stop the steal.

Trump addressed them and directed them to take their country back as patriots. They moved to the Capitol and forcefully entered the building while shouting "Hang Pence and Pelosi".

The building was hurriedly evacuated and VP Pence and congressmen barely escaped with their lives. 5 persons died from the protest and invasion of the Capitol.

After the Capitol was cleared of the insurrectionists, Congress sat and ratified Biden's victory, and resealed Trump's already sealed fate. Trump has since been impeached for instigating the mob to invade the Capitol. He has the dishonour of being the only president to be impeached twice in the 245 years of America.

So why is Trump so obstinate and unyielding about the results of the elections? The answers can be found in Trump's personality-upbringing and values, and History - what it means to be a one-term president.

Trump's Personality. Donald John Trump, the 45th president of the United States, is the 4th child of Fred Trump Sr and Maryanne.

Fred and Maryanne had 5 children: Maryanne Trump-Barry, Fred Trump Jr, Elizabeth Trum-Grau, Donald Trump, and Robert Trump.

Fred Trump Jr died in 1981 at 42.

Robert Trump died in 2020 at 72.

Fred Trump Sr, a real estate developer in New York, was a rich man. Fred an extreme disciplinarian wanted his first son Fred to takeover his real estate business and run the family business, but Fred chose a different path. He became an airline pilot to the disappointment of his father who dismantled, devalued and degraded every aspect of his personality, and mocked him for his decision to be a "driver in the air". Fred Jr died in 1981 at age 42 from complications due to his acholism.

Fred Trump Sr then picked his second son, Donald Trump and groomed him as his successor. He told Donald "You are a killer and a King".

He taught him to never show "weakness and Fear". Mary Trump, Fred Trump Jr's daughter, and niece to President Trump, in her book "Too Much And Never Enough", published last year by Simon and Schuster said "Donald's initial response to COVID-19 underscores his need to minimise negativity at all costs.

Fear - the equivalent of weakness in our family - is unacceptable to him now as it was when he was three years old". Mary also said, " When Donald is in the most trouble, superlatives are no longer enough: both the situation and his reactions to it must be unique, even if absurd or nonsensical".

Trump is a man scared of being vulnerable or weak. He was taught by his dad never to project weakness or apologise for wrongdoings. He was primed to get even with people who have screwed him even if he screwed them first.

Trump is a great counter-puncher, and will never give up an opportunity to punch back, we were told by his allies and aides. Trump attacked people he competed against, or he disagreed with by calling them derogatory names.

Hillary Clinton, his opponent in 2016, is "Crooked Hillary". He called Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, his primary challengers "Low Energy and Lying Ted".

Bernie Sanders is "Crazy Bernie". Elizabeth Warren is "Pocahontas", and so on.

He described former Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, as the "most overrated General in the world"; Rex Tillerson, former Secretary of State as "dumb as a rock"; Former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, a four-star Marine General, as "weak and not up to the job"; and John Bolton, former National Advisor, as an "idiot who wants to go to war all the time".

Mary Trump stated further that her uncle was raised with the mindset that says showing empathy is weakness. In the wake of the racial reckoning in America following the death of George Floyd on the knees of Derrick Chauvin,

Mary Trump wrote "I can only imagine the envy which Donald watched Derrick Chauvin's casual cruelty and monstrous indifference as he murdered George Floyd; hands in his pockets, his insouciant gaze aimed at the camera.

I can only IMAGINE THAT DONALD WISHES IT HAD BEEN HIS KNEES ON FLOYD'S NECK". Mary concluded by saying "if he can in any way profit from your death, he will facilitate it, and then he will ignore the fact that you died. The simple fact is Donald is fundamentally incapable of acknowledging the sufferings of others."

David Corn, political journalist, and D.C. bureau chief for Mother Jones, and a cable television commentator, had this to say on Trump: "Everything is transactional for this poor broken human being, Everything".

The story of Donald J. Trump, is an epic tragedy of parental failure that "my uncle does not understand that anybody else has intrinsic worth"

And I add

Beyond what is beneficial to Trump. Trump is who his dad raised him to be.

If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness, says Victor Hugo.

Fred Trump Sr raised his son, Donald to be a "killer and king" and not to show "weakness, apologise for wrongdoings, and not to show empathy", thereby leaving his soul in darkness. Fred Trump must share in the blame for who Trump is today.


In the United States, a one-term president is seen and viewed as a failure.

In almost 42 years, only 2 former presidents had lost reelection bids. Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush.

According to presidential historians, the pains of president Bush losing his second term bid to president Bill Clinton was what pushed his son, President George W. Bush into contesting the 2000 election against VP Al Gore.

He won a second term in a cliffhanger election to banish the ghost of his father's second term defeat.

If losing election is brutal and stinging to ordinary men of grace, it is almost death to Trump who sees success as a one way street where only him is permitted to drive on.

Trump cannot handle his defeat to Biden, a man he derided as "sleepy Joe who loves the basement". He said, "I don't know what to do if I lose to sleepy Joe, the worst candidate in history ".

He doesn't know truly.

He has acted and continued to act in a confused and graceless manner, trafficking in lies, conspiracy theories, and seeking to burn down the system like a young boy who had his candy taken away from him and feel justified in burning down the candy shop.

This is why Trump is unyielding and obstinate.

His person cannot accept defeat and he cannot accept not winning a second term because he sees it as a failure and a repudiation of his person.

For a man used to the superlatives: beautiful, perfect, fantastic, best, great, and so on, defeat is a stinging rebuke.

Trump will not be attending Biden’s inauguration tomorrow.


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