But, as you well know, the Founders created checks and balances, divided or -- you know, a balanced government, three branches. If you're Mitch McConnell, who just got elected, if you return -- I understand it's a thought experiment -- with a Republican majority, they are gonna say, there was no agenda. There was no public mandate for a public option. There was no mandate for raising taxes $4 trillion. The country allowed us to retain the Senate. Yeah, they structure the Senate as such, for better or for worse, that you can have a Senate majority that disagrees with the majority of the American people. But then Mitch McConnell is gonna have a decision. Is his purpose in Washington to defy the American people who, along with the president, and the House of Representatives, will believe in expanding, not taking away health care, ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes instead of slashing their taxes no matter what, raising wages, treating climate change is real? In other words, Mitch McConnell is gonna have to decide whether he wants to help move this country forward and influence progress or whether he wants to stop progress. If he chooses to do that, I'm fearful not only that the Republican Party would pay a devastating price politically, but that the American people would pay a price that we can't afford to pay, because we need action.
Well, let's talk about a much more serious and more immediate conflict. President Trump, as you know, continues to say that this election is stolen, that there was rampant fraud and he intends to pursue legal challenges he says starting Monday in courts across the country. Here is the president. Historic election interference from big media, big-money and big tech. As everybody saw, we won by historic numbers and the pollsters got it knowingly wrong. How much harder will it be for President-elect Biden to keep his pledge to bring the country together if President Trump continues to say and to contest the legitimacy of this election? Well, I think it's one of the reasons you see the president-elect already reaching out to those who didn't vote for him. And he didn't just say, "Give me a chance" or just say, "I'm gonna give you a chance." He said, "Let's give each other a chance." And that's an example of how he is beginning to work to heal the nation right away, not wasting any time to do it. Look, even in these last days of his presidency, the president -- the current president has a chance to show leadership, to act as the person who loses every presidential election in our history has done, and do his part to help move this country forward and bring this country together. We have not seen that so far, and it's unfortunate.
但正如你所知，开国元勋创造了三权分立的体系，分裂的或者——你知道的，一个平衡的政府，三个分支。如果你是刚刚当选的米奇·麦康奈尔，如果你回来——我理解这是一个思想实验——共和党占多数，他们会说，没有日程安排 。大众没有选择你 。没有授权增加4万亿美元的税收 。国家允许我们保留参议院的控制权 。是的，无论好坏，参议院的结构都是这样的，你可以拥有不同于大多数美国民众选择的参议院多数席位 。但米奇·麦康奈尔要作出决定 。美国众议院的代表们相信，他们只会扩张而不会撤销美国民众的卫生保健、确保富人公平纳税，而不是削减他们的税收、提高工资、应对气候变化，这是真的吗？换句话说，米奇·麦康奈尔将必须决定他是想帮助这个国家前进，还是他想阻止进步 。如果他选择这样做，我不仅担心共和党会在政治上付出毁灭性的代价，而且担心美国民众会付出我们无法承受的代价，因为我们需要行动 。