In a continuing trend, news outlets have announced another member of what would be Joe Biden’s presidential cabinet. The Wall Street Journal was the first to publish the information that Biden would likely appoint Janet Yellen, former Chair of the Federal Reserve, as the next U.S. Secretary of Treasury, and other news sources followed suit. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to hold the position. It was also announced that President Trump has “directed his team to cooperate with an incoming President-elect Joe Biden administration,” after weeks of investigations regarding the election. However, the president also tweeted, “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” proving that he is not throwing in the towel. He added, “We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & ‘Dominion’.”
The Left celebrates the appointment and praises Biden’s choice, calling for “unity” and a smooth transition from the Right.
“Let us all now — Democrats and Republicans, the Trump Administration and the incoming Biden Administration — unite together for a smooth and peaceful transition that will benefit America. The nation faces multiple crises that demand an orderly transition, and I look forward to working with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to get things done to help the American people.”Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader
The Left mocks the Rights’ allegations of voter fraud, and says Trump’s investigations were “baseless” and without evidence. Political analyst Ed Kilgore stated, “The longer the [press conference] went on, the more it became clear that the Trump campaign was relying not so much on affidavits of misconduct or statistical demonstrations of altered results but rather the broadest sorts of conspiracy theories, most of them inherently absurd or previously exploded…”
While some on the Right believe Biden will ultimately win, others argue that official investigation results must be in before anything can be concluded. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson noted that while no concrete evidence of voter fraud substantial enough to affect the election results has yet been presented, it still could be – something for which he is “hopeful.” The Right defends against accusations from the Left that election investigations were unfounded and unnecessary. “Regardless of the existence or level of fraud in the 2020 election, it is a fact that mail-in balloting opens elections to the likelihood of massive fraud and chaos…The obvious problems with mail-in voting are not a rightwing conspiracy,” wrote Willis Krumholxz, a Federalist contributor and a fellow at Defense Priorities. He noted that there were irregularities and evidence of fraudulent activity in the 2020 presidential election, despite what many say.
“States that expanded vote-by-mail had a duty to ensure proper controls and safeguards to catch corrupt acts and real mistakes when they happened. Those states that did not do an adequate job ought to concern every American, regardless of party.”Suzanne Taheri, former Deputy Secretary of State for Colorado, and Jimmy Sengenberger, Radio Host
As for the Left’s call for “unity,” conservative commentator Ian Haworth wrote, “If you believe that Biden and the Democratic Party actually want unity, you’re a fool. The only kind of unity they want is where we bend the knee. They don’t want unity, they want submission.”