Letter to the Editor: It’s time for Republicans to acknowledge Biden win

Joe Biden speaks with supporters at Sun City MacDonald Ranch in Henderson, Nev. (Feb. 14, 2020) Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Dear Editor,

While my friend, Mark Irving, does not call himself “political,” (Cordova Times, Nov. 6) I remember making political buttons for his city council campaign decades ago! I congratulate his organizing skills and am glad the truck rally made those who participated feel optimistic. Our democracy relies on citizen involvement! 

I also applaud poll workers and the election staff across our nation for their dedication to ensure that every vote was counted. It was not an easy job and angers me that some unhappy with the results are alleging fraud, illegal votes and worse.

Republican election supervisors in Arizona and Georgia have unanimously approved the counts in their states. It is insulting to impugn their work, particularly when the results clearly were not what they would have liked. 

This election’s electoral results mirror those of 2016, except this time Democrat Joe Biden (who is far from a socialist or communist) is the winner of both the electoral college and the popular vote. There are some minor vote discrepancies in a few states but none that will affect more than a few hundred votes. Our poll workers are humans and, yes, they sometimes make errors. But this election has NOT been stolen and there is no fraud. More than 30 legal challenges have failed to provide any evidence in multiple courts in multiple states.

It is past time for the Republican leadership, particularly Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham, to step up to the plate and protect our democracy. Otherwise, it seems they deserve the words of the Italian poet Dante: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” 

In contrast, I appreciated Alaska Congressman Don Young and Sen. Lisa Murkowski for offering early congratulations to our new President-elect. Like Trump did four years ago, President-elect Biden has won “fair and square,” even more so since Biden earned more popular and electoral votes.

Nancy Bird