Even before the presidential race was officially called for Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Saturday, many of his allies across the country made it clear that they believed it was time for President Donald Trump to vacate the White House.
That was especially apparent remarks from Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who held a press conference on Friday during which he called on Trump to concede the election, as reported by Fox News.
“Acknowledge the fact that he lost”
His proclamation came as ballots were still being tallied in close races including a handful of key battleground states.
“I think what the president needs to do is, frankly, put his big boy pants on and needs to acknowledge the fact that he lost and he needs to congratulate the winner, just as Jimmy Carter did, just as George H.W. Bush did, and, frankly, just as Al Gore did, and stop this and let us move forward as a country,” he said. “That’s my feeling.”
The mayor acknowledged, however, that 40,000 ballots remained uncounted in the city — along with military votes that do not need to be received until one week after Election Day. Vote counts also commenced in other parts of Pennsylvania when Kenney issued his call.
It is also worth noting that his reference to former Vice President Al Gore’s concession in his 2000 race against George W. Bush came only after the Democratic nominee forced a Florida recount that spanned 37 days. Kenny’s statement came a mere three days after polls closed on Tuesday.
Trump campaign officials and allies would further argue that the president should not concede the race without a resolution of alleged voter fraud or suppression by Democratic operatives in strategic races across the country.
A pattern of alleged corruption
Among some of the claims put forward by Republicans in the wake of Election Day were GOP complaints that poll watchers in Philadelphia were not allowed to adequately observe the vote-counting process.
The city has long been the epicenter of alleged voter fraud. Eight years ago, for example, 59 voting precincts throughout the city registered zero votes for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
More recently, criminal charges and at least one guilty plea indicate the conspiracy is more than just a rumor. In May, a judge in the city admitted to being paid thousands of dollars to stuff ballot boxes for Democratic candidates in the 2015 primary election.
A former state congressman who was working as a campaign consultant is also facing trial for allegedly making those payments.
Far from warranting the preemptive concession Philadelphia’s mayor wants to see from Trump, the city’s history is more inclined to increase the growing mistrust many Americans have of the electoral system in general.