The following op-ed by ACLU-WV Executive Director Joseph Cohen appears in today's edition of the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Despite a global pandemic, more than 150 million Americans participated in the general election, the most voters in any election in American history. They soundly rejected President Donald Trump and his four-year assault on civil liberties.
While they are still counting votes, at last check, Joe Biden won the popular vote by roughly 6 million, or by nearly 4%. President Trump lost the Electoral College by 74 votes, the same margin by which the president beat Hillary Clinton in 2016; a margin Trump has repeatedly bragged was “a landslide.”
Rather than conceding the election once the math became clear, the president has spent the past two weeks deploying every resource at his disposal to undermine Americans’ votes, and thus, our democracy itself.