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Who is Shane Vaughn? Election YouTube video explained

Olivia Olphin November 11, 2020
Who is Shane Vaughn? Election YouTube video explained

Who is Shane Vaughn? A YouTube video attempting to explain what could happen if Donald Trump refuses to concede the election has gone viral seemingly overnight. But who is its author? Here’s everything we know so far about YouTuber Shane Vaughn.

Who is Shane Vaughn?

Shane Vaughn is a teacher, preacher and founder of the First Harvest Church and Biblical Foundations Institute. He studied theology at Vision College and holds a doctorate in theology from World Vision in Dallas, according to his Facebook page. He currently lives in Waveland, Mississippi, but was born in New Orleans.

Vaughn’s church website states: “We are a Christian church which strives to understand and teach the Word of Yahweh from a first century, Apostolic perspective. We are fundamental and Bible based.”

Shane and his wife Karen have one child together – a daughter.

Why is Shane trending?

Shane Vaughn is trending because of his recent YouTube video about what could potentially happen if Donald Trump refuses to concede the election.

Vaughn informs viewers there is no law in the US Constitution requiring a concession speech from the losing presidential candidate. However, it “does aid in the peaceful transfer of power.”

He also states the concession speech can be seen as a “white flag of surrender” and a “concession speech from the opponent is what gives him legitimacy and a transfer without drama”.

According to NBC News, “not one of the many people who have failed to win the presidency, even in contests with narrow vote margins or legitimate concerns about the process, has challenged the results through to inauguration.”

Vaughn goes on to explain that Trump can choose to go to court and attempt to prove that there were irregularities in the voting process. Then, if that fails and he still refuses to concede, he could turn to article 12 of the Constitution.

The 12th amendment states: “If no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote.”

However, as no presidential candidate so far has managed to challenge the election result all the way through to inauguration, it seems unlikely that Trump will get to this point – especially since many of his lawsuits and claims have been dismissed by judges and disproven due to lacking evidential proof.

Although some Twitter users are commending Shane Vaughn’s video, they are also criticising its accuracy. While Vaughn claims that the US is “due for a total [vote] recount”, that may well not be the case.

Trump has called for recounts in Wisconsin and Georgia, but that can’t happen until both states finish their initial count. With the legitimacy of his lawsuits on shaky ground, only time will tell if Trump can lawfully contest the election results all the way to Inauguration Day.
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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.