1. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Jonathan Masur, University of Chicago Law School:
"There is no legal significance to the concession or the lack of a concession. Trump isn't going to be president on January 21st, no matter what, the significance is more practical than that. The significance is that the concession is what tells your supporters that you accept the result of the election as legitimate and that everyone should accept the election and sort of move on. We should all try to work together going forward."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Jonathan Masur, University of Chicago Law School:
"I mean, Biden has joked about the Secret Service knowing how to remove trespassers from the White House. If Trump actually refused to leave, that might be how it occurs. Biden will become president on January 21st. And at that point, he will be sworn in as president, presumably by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and he will assume the office of the presidency. And at that moment, Donald Trump is indeed a trespasser in the White House. And if he has not left of his own volition, someone will come and forcibly remove him from the White House. I would be very surprised if it came to that, because that would be incredibly humiliating for Trump. And it's hard to imagine that he would subject himself that type of humiliation. But that is really what would happen."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Jonathan Masur, University of Chicago Law School:
"I mean, again, there isn't anything really required of Trump here. He doesn't have to cede the reins of power until January. He doesn't have to include Biden in meetings and give his staff briefings and things like that. None of that is required. It's always just been done in the past as a matter of good faith towards the incoming president and for that matter, as a matter of sort of showing that what this is really all about is doing the job of the United States, doing the business of the people of the United States and making sure that the country is in good hands."
Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday and offered himself to the nation as a leader who “seeks not to divide, but to unify" a country gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.
“I sought this office to restore the soul of America,” Biden said in a prime-time victory speech not far from his Delaware home, “and to make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home."
Biden crossed the winning threshold of 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.
His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed processing.
Trump refused to concede, threatening further legal action on ballot counting.
"There is no legal significance to the concession or the lack of a concession. Trump isn't going to be president on January 21st, no matter what, the significance is more practical than that," Professor Jonathan Masur of the University of Chicago Law School told the Associated Press on Saturday.
Masur added that "the significance is that the concession is what tells your supporters that you accept the result of the election as legitimate and that everyone should accept the election and sort of move on."
Biden used his acceptance speech as an olive branch to those who did not vote for him, telling Trump voters that he understood their disappointment but adding, “let’s give each other a chance.”
Biden faces huge challenges as he seeks to take over power from the Trump administration in the middle of a pandemic.
The pandemic will soon be Biden’s to tame, and he campaigned pledging a big government response, akin to what Franklin D. Roosevelt oversaw with the New Deal during the Depression of the 1930s.
He announced that, as his transition kicks into high gear, he would on Monday appoint his own coronavirus task force.