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Wall Street Journal urges Trump to concede

The Wall Street Journal in an editorial published in Monday's edition is calling on President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE to concede the election.

The editorial notes the recent Supreme Court ruling declining to hear a lawsuit by Texas attempting to throw out the results of four swing states that went for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN: Bidens' dogs removed from the White House Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE. The right-leaning paper also faults Democrats for promoting claims of Trump’s own illegitimacy as president, writing that such claims opened the door to his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

However, the editorial states, “none of this excuses Mr. Trump’s attempts to delegitimize Mr. Biden’s victory on Nov. 3.”

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“Even if Mr. Biden’s narrow victory was overturned in one of the closely contested states, he would have more than 270 electoral votes. John KerryJohn KerryTo win the climate battle, we need the intelligence community Economic growth in Africa will not be achieved by a blanket ban on fossil fuels Biden can build on Pope Francis's visit to Iraq MORE and Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreKlain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' Al Jazeera launching conservative media platform Exclusive 'Lucky' excerpt: Vow of Black woman on Supreme Court was Biden turning point MORE both would have won had they not narrowly lost Ohio and Florida, respectively, but they both conceded (Mr. Gore after a long legal fight),” the editorial board wrote. “Richard Nixon conceded in 1960 despite evidence that he was cheated out of Illinois. All did so at least in part to avoid tipping the U.S. into irreparable political division.”

The editorial acknowledges Trump “rarely takes our advice,” but adds that “bitterness as a political strategy rarely wears well” and predicts that his refusal to concede could lead to Republican losses in the Jan. 5 Georgia Senate runoffs and further violence in the streets.

“Mr. Trump has had his innumerable days in court and lost,” the newspaper concludes. “He would do far better now to tout his accomplishments in office, which are many, and accept his not so horrible fate as one of 45 former American Presidents.”

The editorial comes as the Electoral College is set to vote Monday. The president has reportedly attempted in vain to pressure Republican legislatures in states Biden won to appoint pro-Trump electors.