John McCain’s 2008 concession speech has now been seen over 12 million times as President Donald Trump claims the election is being stolen from him by the Democrats.
The speech highlights a stark difference between a defeated Republican candidate willing to offer support to his opponent and a sitting president who has not indicated that he would be willing to give up the 2020 race.
McCain, who lost the election to President Barack Obama 12 years ago, used his concession speech to congratulate Obama and to congratulate the president on his ability to inspire millions of Americans.
“The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly,” McCain began in 2008, “Some time ago I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country we both love.
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The then Senator McCain praised Obama for his ability to inspire millions of Americans and for the significance of his victory for African Americans.
“This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African Americans and the special pride that must lie in it tonight,” he said, recognizing that the election of an African-American president marked a turning point in American progress.
“Senator Obama has achieved great things for himself and for this country. I applaud him for it.”
McCain went on to say that while he and Obama had political differences, he would do everything in his power to help him in the exercise of his presidency.
“I urge all Americans who have supported me to join me in not only congratulating him, but offering our good will and serious efforts to find ways to come together with our next president,” he said.
By Friday, McCain’s concession speech had been seen over 12.8 million times.
The four-minute video was first broadcast just hours after Trump addressed the nation on Thursday night, claiming that the election had been stolen from him.
“This is a case of trying to steal an election, trying to manipulate an election,” he said.
“If you count the legal vote, I win easily. If you count the illegal votes, they may try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late, we will take a very close look at them. Many votes came too late,” he added.
As Biden moves ever closer to victory, Trump has shown little sign of being willing to give in.
Instead, his campaign has filed several lawsuits against states, claimed voter fraud without evidence and falsely claimed victory over states.
Earlier today, the Trump campaign stated that the race is far from over and that “President Trump will be re-elected as soon as the election is over.
On Friday, the Associated Press had Biden with 264 votes, and he leads by a narrow margin in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Some believe the former vice president will also win in Nevada, with Trump expected to take North Carolina.
If Biden maintains his lead in Pennsylvania in the vote count, he would win the election.