Some elected officials across America as well as the mainstream media are calling Joe Biden, “president-elect.” Other elected officials are saying to let the electoral college process play out before making that announcement.
A number of Idaho Dispatch readers sent us a remark being quoted in the “Spokesman-Review” by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID).
Here is the quote from the Spokesman-Review:
This is my second transition where we move from one political party to another in the White House. After an election where you transition from one party to another, it is an entirely different feeling or dynamic. The cadence changes dramatically, and we’re in the process of that right now.
The quote was also picked up by Axios. Axios is listing Risch as one of the top Republicans who is acknowledging Joe Biden as “president-elect.”
Idaho Dispatch asked Risch’s office if he was accepting Joe Biden as the “president-elect” as the media is claiming and if they had any clarifying remarks. Here is what Risch’s office sent Idaho Dispatch:
I continue to support the President’s efforts to ensure an accurate vote count in the Presidential election. Regardless of what is reported by the media, the only entity with the constitutional authority to determine the President-elect is the electoral college who will meet on December 14th.
Risch is referring to the date when the electoral college will meet and we will see if a determination is made on who the president will be at that time. That individual will then become the “president-elect.”
While many media outlets are referring to Joe Biden as “president-elect”, the Idaho Dispatch will wait until after the electoral college process is complete before referring to anyone as president-elect.
Should the electoral college not choose a president based on the constitutional provisions laid out before them, we will then wait for the next step which is a selection of the next president by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate would then choose the next Vice President.
What do you think of Risch’s clarifying remark? Do you consider Joe Biden “president-elect” or do you believe Americans should wait until the electoral college process has finished?
Let us know in the comments below.
Tags: 2020 Election, Donald Trump, Electoral College, Jim Risch, Joe Biden