November 26th local time, U.S. President Trump said in response to reporters’ questions that if the electoral college voted to confirm Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, he will leave the White House.
However, Trump still insisted on the same day that there was fraud in the election. He said that the election is not over and he has not lost himself.
Reporter: Would you refuse to leave the White House if the electoral college voted for Biden?
President Trump: Of course I will leave, of course I will leave, you don’t need to ask.
Trump also stressed that even if the electoral college voted for Biden to be elected president, it would be difficult for him to admit defeat, because it was a fraudulent election.
Reporter: Mr. President, if the Electoral College voted for Biden on December 14, would you admit defeat?
President of the United States Trump: It will be very difficult to admit defeat, because we know that there is large-scale fraud in the election.
The “Electoral College” system of the U.S. presidential election
The President of the United States is not directly elected by voters, but an electoral college system. Generally speaking, voting in the electoral college is only a routine, but this year has attracted much attention because Trump has always refused to admit defeat.
Candidates who have obtained a majority of the electoral votes are elected president.
According to the U.S. Constitution, the president is elected by an electoral college elected by the state legislatures, and the presidential candidate can be elected with 270 of a total of 538 electoral votes from 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The number of senators in each state adds up to the number of electoral votes in the state.
The number of electors in each state in the United States is equal to the total number of senators in Congress. The number of senators in each state is fixed at two, and the number of representatives is determined according to the proportion of the population of each state.
The number of representatives in the more populous states is larger, and the number of electoral votes in the presidential election is also higher.
“Winner-take-all”: Win the state general vote and get the state electoral vote
The Electoral College system also stipulates that the vast majority of states and Washington, D.C., have a “winner-take-all” system, that is, if a presidential candidate wins a majority of popular votes in a state’s election, he has all the “electors” votes in that state.
Therefore, the results of the general election can usually be calculated on the day of the general election, and the “electoral college voting” is only a routine. However, there have also been cases in history when individual voters do not vote according to their will.