‘Please do your part in a peaceful transition of power so our transition can be peaceful too’
Despite Joe Biden being declared the winner of the 2020 US presidential election on Saturday (November 7), Donald Trump is still refusing to concede. Instead, the former reality star – and first sitting president to lose re-election since 1992 – is continuing to tweet baseless claims of his own victory, as well as accusations of electoral fraud.
“I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” Trump tweeted on Saturday, before falsely claiming that “observers were not allowed into the counting rooms” and asserting that “bad things happened which our observers were not allowed to see”. Twitter has flagged the tweet as containing misinformation.
Although Trump claims that mail-in ballots – which saw a rise in popularity this year due to the coronavirus pandemic – increase the likelihood of electoral fraud, there has been no evidence to back this up.
Now, a chorus of people – including his own son-in-law – are calling on Trump to admit defeat. Among this group is Lady Gaga, who urged the president to “please concede” on Twitter. Tagging Trump directly, Gaga said: “I know you can see how America has suffered during this election and fought over the presidency for four years. Please do your part in a peaceful transition of power so our transition can be peaceful too.”
The “Stupid Love” singer’s comments are the latest in her ongoing feud with the president, which began after the Trump administration condemned her for campaigning with Biden, labelling her an “anti-fracking activist”.
Gaga responded on Twitter, writing: “HEY @realDonaldTrump SO HAPPY IM GLAD TO BE LIVING RENT FREE in your HEAD.”
The musician clearly got under Trump’s skin, as the president took new shots at Gaga during one of his final rallies in Pennsylvania (the battleground state that won Biden the election). Referencing her renewed support for the Biden campaign, Trump – who can’t pronounce Gaga’s name correctly – said: “Now he’s got Lady Gaga. I could tell you stories about Lady Gaga. I know a lot of stories about Lady Gaga.”
Gaga responded at Biden’s own Pennsylvania rally on the day of the election (November 3), telling the crowd: “To all the women, and all the men with daughters, and sisters, and mothers. Everybody, no matter how you identify, now is your chance to vote against Donald Trump, a man who believes his fame gives him the right to grab one of your daughters, or sisters, or mothers, or wives by any part of their bodies. Vote for Joe. He’s a good person.”
Following Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris’ win, Gaga shared a video on Instagram, stressing the importance of the victory for American women. “I hope that all the women know, in this country, that there is a real reckoning and a real change,” she said. “I hope that people who have been oppressed by power, I hope you know that your voices were heard.”
Gaga also shared a photo of herself and Biden hugging, telling him and Harris that they “just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen”.
Whether or not Trump formally concedes – and pending any legal challenges – Biden and Harris will take over the White House in January. Look back at some of the best reactions to the Democrats’ win here.