What if a US presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? | Van Jones

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Okay, as an attorney as a political commentator and frankly a former White House official. I used to think I knew a lot about how America picks President I was wrong. I did not know and this year I've been doing research into some of the the fine print in. All the different things in our constitution that we never talk about in I've discovered some legal loopholes that shocked me I guarantee will shock you and could determine the way that the presidential election twenty twenty turns out for instance did you know that under our Constitution? A presidential candidate could actually lose the popular vote. They all to get a majority in the electoral college refused to concede. Manipulate hidden mechanisms in our government and still get sworn in as the president of the United States of America. That's a true fact I know it sounds like some crazy house of cards episodes and I wish it was just change the channel that I just described to you a real world real life possibility that could occur this year the your I'm talking in twenty twenty or some other year if we don't fix some of these glitches in our system. So if you think though that the American people's choice in a US presidential election to actually be sworn into become president United States. Please pay attention. This I'M GONNA. Teach you how to stop a coup. Okay. Now where to begin. All right other IT turns out that one of the main safeguards of us democracy is not in the Constitution at all it's not in the law at all. It's actually just a little tradition custom and yet this one voluntary gesture is one of the main reasons the almost never have riots and bloodshed in strife after a US election what I'm talking about is a concession speech. Okay. It's ironic is the. One speech, no presidential candidate ever wants to give and yet it is that public address those most important for the health and well being of our nation is that speech you know when presidential contender gives it is after the advisers come the media tells them look you're not gonNA. Get enough votes to be able to hit that magic number of seventy electoral college votes. You just not going to get there. At that moment. You don't think about this but the fate of the entire republic is in the hands of a single politician and they're willing to walk out there and stand in front of their family standard run the cameras Santa by the whole nation and say I am conceding the race voluntarily. Thank you to my supporters. The other person has one now registered them. Let's unite behind them. Let's move on. Let's be one country God bless America. You see at thousand times. Make no mistake. This is a remarkable tradition in our country because at that moment that candidate still hasn't her command, a nationwide army of campaign activist of diehard partisans, tens of thousands of people they could just as easily take up arms take to the streets they can do whatever they wanted to. But that concession speech instantly demobilizes all of them is, Hey, guys stand down folks it's over moreover that concession speech helps the tens of millions of people who voted for that person to accept the outcome. Knowledge a winner however begrudgingly. And then just get up the next morning go to work, go to school maybe disappointed but not disloyal to American government and even more importantly that concession speech has a technical function in that it kind of allows all the other steps. Our constitution requires acid the voting in. There are a bunch of steps like he got the electoral colleges. Got Me. You've got Congress got ratify this thing you've got inauguration to be had all that stuff can just move ahead on automatic pilot because Abbas concession speech every subsequent step to reinstate the President or elevate a new president just happens on a rubber stamp basis of the constitution requires it misrepresent but. We sometimes forget candidates do not have to concede. There's nothing that makes them concede

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