In reality, presidential elections are conflicts, and the point of resolution over the past several decades has come from one small gesture: a democratic admission of loss or a Presidential Concession. The losing candidate in a United States presidential election may admit to defeating. Yet, there is no moral or legislative obligation for a candidate to concede. It started as a mere gesture, two days post-election of 1896, with a letter that William Jennings Bryan sent to his rival, William McKinley (Joe Richman, 2020).
History of Presidents Concession Speeches
The basic guidelines for a candidate to surrender against the opposition can be found by studying the concession speeches’ history. Even if the losing candidate does not use the term “defeat,” a candidate will accept their rival’s achievement and applaud them. The politician will offer respect for their political rival in a show of civility and call for reconciliation under their governance.
The representative focuses on the strength of the political structure and the thousands of people who have taken part in the electoral process. The challenger thinks about the nature of the referendum’s challenges and the proposals on which their party voted. They pledge that they will continue to campaign for these aims and encourage their followers to do so.
George H.W. Bush: Respecting the ‘majesty of the democratic system’
Former President George H.W. Bush, embracing his 370-168 democratic party loss to Democrat Bill Clinton, subdued frenzied followers in Houston and issued a nationally televised speech. Then he spoke effusively, almost piously, of America’s political mechanism, describing it as the “majesty of the democratic system” (A.Green, 2020). In contrast, an explosive, unapologetic and unparalleled speech was made by Trump. He has threatened court action, including moving to the United States Supreme Court if necessary. He raised critique of some of the electoral system’s main attractions that produce the “majesty” to which former President Bush referred.
John McCain Silenced Boos, Graciously Accepted Defeat
The distinction of a respectful and honorable Presidential Concession goes to John McCain in 2008 for his willingness to prestige Barack Obama’s victory instead of merely admitting it. In the closing remarks of his second White House campaign, Senator John McCain recognized the historical relevance of President Barack Obama’s election and what it represents of this nation’s racial tensions. He encouraged his followers and praised his relatives, transition team and donors, to collaborate with Obama in a cooperative way (NPR, 2008).
It was a couple of seconds before the audience booed at the slightest mention of Barack Obama. McCain immediately silenced the boos at McCain’s 2008 concession address. McCain didn’t only lose the general election: he bowed to the very first Black President in the history of the Country, to whom he made particular reference in a heartfelt speech.
Al Gore Concedes – Again
The concession custom had a slip up in 2000 when Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore called George W. Bush to surrender and then called him back to revoke. The Florida elections went downhill. In a short amount of time, Gore called Bush, as usual, to make a concession, and wishing him well as commander in chief. Spectacular information was found as Gore obliged to take the platform to discuss his discontent.
Gore just trailed by a few hundred votes, surprisingly. He pressed on Bush to revoke his concession, a shocked Bush party published by the media at the time (Cannon, 2020). He offered his final concession after Bush was announced the winner after the Supreme Court suspended any recounts activity.
For years now, Presidential Concession remarks that have turned the corner of elections have varied from amusing to genuine and gloomy to hopeful. After the 1996 campaign, Senator Dole gracefully acknowledged defeat to President Bill Clinton, promising his commitment with whatever promotes the mission of a greater America.
Bob Dole Concedes with Comedy
Bob Dole had to surrender in more than one race, but he did so with his signature humor both times. He had to suppress groans from the audience as Dole spoke about having just applauded Clinton. Through laughing and teasing, he later silenced an incredibly enthusiastic fan, “You’re not gonna get that tax cut if you don’t be quiet” (Riechmann, 2020).
Hillary Clinton: ‘This is painful, and it will be for a long time’
The traditional pattern was marginally disrupted in the Presidential Concession of 2016. Although the media had announced Donald Trump as the victor, and Clinton personally called the newly elected President to deliver a concession, Trump himself decided to speak to her supporters (Boggs, 2020). Hillary’s concession address, similar to past concession addresses, brought followers appreciation and an invitation to rally around the Country’s President. She insisted that the Country’s “constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.”
In the most recent presidential campaign of 2020, Donald Trump has been hallmarked for denying the tradition of peaceful transfer of power. In the course of Presidential elections, concessions have been all-but-official contact points. And as part of the transition, when one side surrenders the power to another, they have become of great importance because that is the most unambiguous indication of devotion to the peaceful political transition. The nature of the political campaign of Donald Trump is clearly illustrated by the beginning of his poor attempt at a concession letter, delivered less than a day after The White House was invaded by his furious horde of whiter supremacists (Merelli, 2021). And it is the very notion of disagreement with the legitimate result of the referendum that explains the project, disrespecting a complete disdain for the democratic system and a racist ideology.
Trump will go down in history as the first president to refuse a peaceful concession. Eventually, Trump conceded his loss, announcing that he will surrender his office on January 20 (Hatmaker, 2021).