Quick question: What do you do when you lose a race? You graciously accept defeat and offer your congratulations to your opponent for a well-played game or competition. It’s called good sportsmanship. In business, when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or boss steps down, he or she helps transition their responsibilities to the person taking over in order to ensure that the business continues to thrive. Now hold that thought as we talk about the election.
The Electoral College has voted and it’s official: the next president of the United States will be Joe Biden and the next vice president will be Kamala Harris. The people and the Electoral College have spoken. That’s how the democratic process works and that’s how it has worked for over two hundred years. From US president to US president, each leader has accepted the results of the election, conceded (or surrendered), congratulated the winner, and peacefully transferred power to the incoming president and his administration. It’s tradition. It’s the right thing to do. It’s what leaders of democratic countries do. But traditions and the core foundation of the democratic process have been tested this week. How? During the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes this week, President Trump urged supporters to overturn and protest the votes. The result? Trump supporters protested the results and raided the Capitol building where the voting took place, causing chaos all around Washington, DC. What happens next? We’ll keep you posted, but in less than two weeks, the inauguration will take place and there will be a new president leading the country. That’s the power of democracy.
Learn more about the history of the US presidential transfer of power, as well as other interesting facts about what happens on Inauguration Day here.