Posted Jan 02, 2021 by Michael L. Brown

As a Donald Trump voter in 2016 and 2020, I was disappointed in the results of the election. At the same time, that’s the way our system works, as long as it is conducted fairly. One candidate wins, the other candidate loses, and the winning candidate becomes our president, whether we like it or not. But what if there is no confidence that the elections were conducted fairly? Will the losers accept the results?

If I were in Joe Biden’s shoes, as he officially stands as our president-elect, I would not want any taint over my presidency, especially right out of the gate. I would not want tens of millions of people believing that I won by fraud, that I stole the election, that I am not legitimate.

Instead, I would want to be able to say to America, “I know that many of you are bitterly disappointed by the results, as happens to one side every four years. But this is our how system works. The people have spoken, and I am here to serve as your president, the president of every American.”

Right now, he cannot do that, since a cloud hangs over the election results. And now that Sen. Ted Cruz and a number of his colleagues will be calling for an emergency, 10-day audit of the voting, this is a perfect opportunity for President-elect Biden to say, “I’m all in. Let’s do this. I want complete transparency. On with the audit!”

It was announced on Saturday that, “A group of GOP senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will object to the Jan. 6 certification of the presidential election results next week unless there is an emergency 10-day audit of the results by an electoral commission.”

Rather than looking at this as yet another distraction, Joe Biden and his team, which by extension includes Democratic Senators and Representatives, should call for this as well.

Why not delay the normal election process by a few days? Why not set something in motion that the whole nation can trust, and of which, in advance, all sides can say, “We will abide by the outcome of this investigation.”

The specific proposal is that “Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states. Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.”

You might say, “This is beyond ridiculous. Everyone knows Biden won decisively, and that’s why the courts, including the Supreme Court, have rejected almost every case brought by Trump’s team to date. There is zero evidence of fraud.”

Then why not agree to the 10-day audit? What could you possibly lose?

It’s like the little boy who did not eat the cookie telling his mother, “Mommy, look at my teeth, look at my hands, check my pockets. I didn’t eat it!”

In contrast, the little boy who did eat the cookie doesn’t want to show his hands or open his mouth for fear of crumbs being found. Instead, he starts crying, “Mommy, you’re hurting my feelings. Why don’t you trust me?”

In this case, the Biden team would have nothing to lose and everything to gain in terms of solidifying his victory, as tens of millions of Trump voters would have to accept the legitimacy of the outcome. To say no to this is to guarantee that most of these voters will reject his presidency outright.

Some of you will say, “He’ll never do that because he was part of the fraud.” Others will say, “Well, the Democrats never accepted Trump's presidency.”

My point, then would be this. He will be shouting to the world, “I was not part of any fraud,” by agreeing to the audit. And he would be making an appeal: “Yes, I know that my side of the aisle challenged Donald Trump’s presidency from day one, and it tore our country apart. Let’s dig deeper into the vote, let’s be sure the results were fair, and then let’s move on together.”

Why not?

I understand that some Trump voters would still believe the election was stolen even if the contrary were conclusively demonstrated. This would especially be the case if Trump himself continued to fan the flames.

So, let’s take this one step further. What if Biden said, “If Donald Trump will agree to accept the final results of this audit, then I’m going to call for it as well”?

Then, as long as there was complete transparency in the audit and Senators like Cruz and Josh Hawley, who already planned to protest on January 6th, led the way in backing this, a massive amount of doubt would be removed.

You might say, “But this establishes a dangerous precedent. Are we going to do this every four years?”

I would say in reply: 1) this was a very unusual election; 2) a significant percentage of the population believes there was fraud; 3) we need to learn from this and conduct our elections more carefully in the future.

So, Team Biden, what do you say? Why not lead a bipartisan call for this emergency audit? You have a lot to gain and nothing to lose, especially if it’s a slam dunk audit in your favor.

Come the day of your inauguration, you’ll be glad you did, as long as you won fairly.

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B.W. posted a comment · Jan 12, 2021
Swkh310 remember history won't "forget" all the reasons Trump ran for President ! stick that in your pipe and sMoKe it ! ______Obama opened the door and unveiled the way to Sodom-n-Gomorrah 2.0 just saying! "Obama"s world apology tour" just saying! so It is unequivocally Obama's Fault Trump ran for office ! You say it was not, could not be a course correction for America inspired by God! Then Obama inspired the "ORANGE" monster as you call him! who or what else could have been the reason!
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AbetM21 posted a comment · Jan 09, 2021
When you avoid something it doesn't mean you are guilty. If you know in your heart that you are doing right you should not let yourself bothered with what other people says. Remember what the church leaders did to Jesus Christ? They felt loss and they cannot accept it. They tried everything to find fault on Jesus. They even brought it to political issue where they can manipulate the system. And they did, they won because they deceived the people. They turn the situation upside down. They turn the righteous man into a criminal, into the worst criminal that deserves the worst humiliation and punishment. This is how satan works. He deceived people so he can manipulate them, manipulate the system and the government of this world. As a Christian, a real followers of Jesus Christ, we are not citizen of this world. We should not let ourselves involved in these things.
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pmahone posted a comment · Jan 08, 2021
Shame on you! Your suggestion is similar to asking an repetitively abused woman to try “one more time” to reason with her violent, unwilling husband. Trump lost. Reasonable people have a lot of work to do and attempting to placate Trump supporters is a waste of energy and resources. Trump lost. Hallelujah!!
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stevenhpropp posted a comment · Jan 08, 2021
"Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.” Audits and recounts have already been conducted, and courts have rejected all of Trump's specious arguments. Pro-Trump people will just continue to reject the results of any commission unless they voted, say, 10-0 in their favor. They are just trying to delay the inevitable conclusion: that Trump LOST!! Get over it, look forward to 2024 and sign up for your state's election commissions if you are that concerned...
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 04, 2021
“...2) a significant percentage of the population believes there was fraud...”. No, that is wrong. A tiny fraction of the population believe that myth. 70+ courts (Republican and Democrat) have spoken with one unified voice: There is zero proof of any illegalities in the last election whatsoever.