Increasingly, incumbent US President Donald Trump faces increased pressure from his fellow Republicans to abandon his efforts to overthrow the US presidential election and cede to Democrat Joe Biden.
Since Biden was declared the winner two weeks ago, Donald Trump has launched a series of lawsuits and lobbied to prevent states from certifying their vote totals. So far, attempts to thwart certification have failed in courts in Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona.
On Saturday, November 21, Matthew Brann, a Republican federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama, rejected a similar attempt in Pennsylvania, writing that the case amounted to “unfounded strained legal arguments and speculative accusations». For Trump to have any hope of staying in the White House, he must eliminate Biden’s 81,000-vote lead in Pennsylvania. The state is due to begin certifying its results on Monday, November 23rd.
This should put the nail in the coffin of any further attempt by President Trump to use federal courts to rewrite the 2020 election result
Kristen Clarke, Chair of the Civil Rights Lawyers Committee
Trump’s lawyers have promised a quick appeal, but lawyers who opposed him in court say he’s out of time. “This should put the nail in the coffin of any further attempt by President Trump to use federal courts to rewrite the 2020 election resultSaid Kristen Clarke, chair of the Civil Rights Lawyers Committee.
Some of Trump’s Republican colleagues in Congress are breaking ranks. Republican Senator Pat Toomey said the Supreme Court ruling ruled out any chance of legal victory in Pennsylvania and called on Donald Trump to concede the election. Liz Cheney, a member of the Republican leadership team in the House of Representatives, had previously asked Trump to respect “the sanctity of our electoral processIf he didn’t succeed in court.
Donald Trump refuse de céder
Biden won 6 million more votes than Trump in the Nov. 3 election, and also won 306 to 232 votes in the state-run Electoral College system that determines who will be sworn in on Jan. 20. He has spent the last few weeks preparing to take office, although the Trump administration has refused to provide him with the necessary funding and security clearances.
Critics say Donald Trump’s refusal to give in has serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus. To stay in power, Donald Trump would have to somehow reverse election results in at least three major states – an unprecedented feat in U.S. history.
A recount in Georgia only confirmed Biden’s victory in that state with more than 12,000 votes ahead of Donald Trump. Officials certified the result on Friday, but with a 0.5-point gap months ago, Trump’s campaign team said on Saturday that they would call for a new machine recount before Tuesday. The first recount, carried out manually, revealed human errors: 5,000 ballots had not been counted depriving Donald Trump of 496 votes.
In Wisconsin, election officials criticized Trump’s volunteers for slowing down a partial recount that shouldn’t nullify Biden’s victory.
With recounts and lawsuits not yet complete, Trump is now pressuring Republican-led state legislatures to reject the vote totals and declare him the winner. “It is hoped that the courts and / or legislatures will have … the power to do what needs to be done to maintain the integrity of our elections and of the United States of America itself.He wrote on Twitter after the Pennsylvania shutdown.
On Friday, he convened at the White House two of the top Republicans in the Michigan Legislature. After the meeting, they said they saw no evidence that would lead them to intervene. Election officials across the country say there is no evidence of significant election fraud, and the Trump administration itself said the election was “safest in American history“. But Trump’s accusations continued to inflame his Republican base. Half of Republicans believe the election was stolen, Reuters / Ipsos polls show, and supporters again staged rallies across the country to protest the result.
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