If it wasn’t yet over for Donald Trump, now it is.
Members of the US electoral college have affirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, putting the last nail in the coffin for Trump’s hopes of a second term.
Biden won the November elections with 306 electoral college votes to Trump’s 232.
Under the US system, voters actually cast their ballots for “electors”, who in turn, formally vote for candidates weeks after the election.
“Normally the electors do not get that much attention but this year, due to Mr Trump’s persistent efforts to question and overturn the results – involving legal challenges which have been rejected by courts across the country – the state-by-state vote was in the spotlight,” notes the BBC.
California, with 55 electoral college votes, was one of the last states to vote yesterday. It took Biden across the 270-vote threshold required to win the presidency.
“The people have spoken. It was a safe, fair and secure election,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat. “After today, the results will be final.”
In spite of the vote, Trump was clinging on to Twitter, retweeting lies and conspiracy theories over “voter fraud.” He will leave, nay must leave, office on January 20, 2021.