Why the US waits so long to swear in the new president

Does it really have to take two and a half months?

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American law specifies that the US presidential election happens in early November. It also specifies that the winner of that election isn’t actually sworn in until January 20th. That leaves about two and a half months in between, where, in situations where the incumbent has been voted out, the winner of the election still isn’t president. This is the “transition” period, during which the old administration trades places with the new one.

But does that period really need to be so long? In 2020, we found out what happens when an incumbent president loses reelection, but refuses to concede: Among other things, it pushes the start of the transition several weeks later, shortening that handover period. So does that matter? What actually happens in those two and a half months, and why do we let the loser continue to wield power for so long?

Read more about the US presidential transition from Vox reporter Jen Kirby: https://www.vox.com/2020/11/23/21611906/biden-transition-gsa-trump-emily-murphy-acertain

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50 Comments

  1. Emmanuel Pascal on December 13, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Good question, wrong answer. Why?

  2. Nhật Anh Bùi on December 13, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Republic: Repsect tradition
    Donald Trump which is present for Republic party: Go against tradition.

  3. sai742 on December 13, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Honestly, there were just two lines on the topic.

  4. Salah Ibrahim on December 13, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    You’re forgetting that a lot of people that was in the voting process ended up cheating and throwing away ballots are you gonna forget that

  5. SUPERMAN ONE MILLION on December 13, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    *Fraud went on in 2020 election President Trump won by a landslide*

  6. Mitsubishi Lancer evolution GSR 4b1t A.W.D. on December 13, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    uhhh….

  7. homefly00 on December 13, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Over the last year I’ve realized whatever the left criticises it is actually doing itself. This is a common school yard technique of a liar to project blame on others to hide its own hypocrisy and underlying shame. This technique works because it takes the focus off of their own sins they are afraid of.

    So we just need to drain the swamp or improve our system so hypocrisy like the left can’t hide.

    China bought and paid for this election it is clear. Don’t believe me, look at the evidence coming out about hunter and Joe team. Sickening. And you all voted for him because you thought he was the lesser of evils. Ironic. Will you ever rethinking your choices or are you doomed to live in your bubble of lies?

    We need a better system where our common good is our focus not our differences. Where corruption can’t hide so our collective needs can be addressed and our individual differences accepted

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  9. sehhi vooty on December 13, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    I feel like this is gonna be the year that tradition breaks 😂😂

  10. twao dood on December 13, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    DO YOU THINK YOU COULD SQUEEZE THESE IN BY JANUARY 20TH….?!?!?

  11. The Mad Dog on December 13, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    so hol up you said that trump halted the transition even though we didnt know who won until late november

  12. Just a guy WITH BRAINS on December 13, 2020 at 9:53 pm

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    Political system in China: normal spongebob
    Political system in Russia: angry spongbob
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    Political system in India: MONSTER SPONGBOB

  13. Jakey Chan on December 13, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    One, it isn’t a clean win…

    Two, what happened on 2016 again.

    😂 Funny as

  14. mattzmom1 Bond on December 13, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Biden is not President Elect🤪

  15. SUPERMAN ONE MILLION on December 13, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    *PRESIDENT TRUMP MUST NEVER CONCEDE UNDER FRAUDULENT CONDITIONS AMERICA WILL BE LOST WITHOUT HIM*

  16. chris pham on December 13, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    USA: 2.5 months to change president
    European countries: 1 day, take it or leave it

  17. twao dood on December 13, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    HEY PUMPKIN MAN!! WHERE IS "THE BIG BEAUTIFUL?!!?"…WHERE IS THE HEALTHCARE COVERAGE FOR ALL!!!..LET ALONE…AT A FRACTION OF THE COST?!?!? WHERE ARE MY TAXES ON A POSTCARD?!?!?

  18. Ailsa Ni on December 13, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    i love his laugh

  19. kerry nicholls on December 13, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    You really need to get rid of that bull I’m talking about your electoral college nonsense

  20. kelly castillo on December 13, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Because bidin is a swamp ceature

  21. Jeremy hanson on December 13, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Its because covid-19

  22. Tech Help Portal on December 13, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    News flash Biden isn’t the president elect

  23. SPACE CORPSE on December 13, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    … i have decided to not ever use vox again for information gathering as they have proven to be… unreliable

  24. Arborpress on December 13, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    This clown will last 2 years at most before they announce Harris has to step in. Pretty much Obama being president again just wearing a Harris mask

  25. Selyx on December 13, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    2.5 months?? Belgium has the world record of 541 days of no government

  26. Ff Mm on December 13, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    What is your motto?

  27. Arnie Salanga on December 13, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Why so long to swear Biden because he is not a president …….by AIDA

  28. Red Leon on December 13, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    To comply with the Luciferians rituals da!

  29. GenevaPilgrim on December 13, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Well I can see why Hoover didn’t have a smooth transition with FDR. I wouldn’t have agreed with his "New Deal" ideas either. I find it interesting that after FDR, not only was the transition shortened, but congress even voted to limit a president to two terms after FDR served 3. They’d had enough of that guy and feared someone like him might come into power again. It’s kind of interesting because Joe calls his climate plan: "The Green New Deal" and like FDR (the New deal) the previous administration has a problem with something labeled: the "New Deal".

  30. ToutCQJM on December 13, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Trump has damaged America in the same way 9/11 did. We’ve forever been negatively altered by the last fours years.

  31. Cristian Lopez on December 13, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Because some right wing republicans are a bunch of self entitled ❄️ who can’t for the love of god admit defeat, and on top of that call themselves "Victims"

  32. Michael H on December 13, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I can’t wait for the Vox videos when their charade falls apart.

  33. Dim Ag on December 13, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I still don’t understand why this period is so long. There are other federal governments in the world, other countries where security must be seriously taken into account during a transition of power etc

    I guess it’s the same reason I don’t understand gerrymandering and why in 2020 a president is not elected by the people, but by electoral college, like we were still living in 1700

  34. Ken Lin on December 13, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Isn’t potential voting fraud part of the problem?

  35. M E on December 13, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    In my country, President is sworn in a few days after election results are all in.

  36. Vau Bao on December 13, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Yang milih allah like 40000 ya.

  37. kerry nicholls on December 13, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Now shorten it again

  38. Auban Haller on December 13, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Could’ve done more with this video

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  40. Xander Croes on December 13, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    If you know you lost because of fraud or cheating would you concede? No , you wouldnt.

  41. Ha Walk on December 13, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    The US needs to look into this timeline and make changes to avoid this sort of thing from happening.

  42. Big Boomer on December 13, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    106 Seditionist have openly signed a declaration of war on democracy… now we know why they didn’t want to take down those Confederate flags

  43. MARCELO OLIVEIRA on December 13, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Marijuana is not allowed 🚫 inside the White House .

  44. Pavan Chand on December 13, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Untill that states close the lawsuit and certify their results, Biden is not the president elect.
    Then the transition should be started

  45. P D on December 13, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Trump is black mark to American history.

  46. Mustang_S550 on December 13, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Biden doesn’t need a tour around the white house, he’s been there before

  47. Brad Patterson on December 13, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Biden with hand on the Bible "I swear to tell the truth the whole truth so help me God"

  48. Valentin Jose on December 13, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    This is what I say this is ridiculous for the loser because they will do what this corrupt president TRUMP is doing this should not be allow this is embarrassing. It should be you lose you have no powers and the only thing you should do is get everything ready to go either to Prison or Home.

  49. Dukopi Redamwang on December 13, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    tradition, not a rule? I think it must be constitutional.

  50. John David on December 13, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Biden should have a smooth transition to a folks home

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