Without prejudice in modern American history, Donald Trump has taken a futile and dangerous final step to overcome the outcome of the presidential election so he can stay in power.
Just as Joe Biden’s victory in the state of Georgia was confirmed, the president met with Republican leaders from Michigan at the White House, in a desperate attempt to subvert democracy after several court defeats over voter fraud allegations.
The clear strategy of the Trump campaign is to persuade Republican-controlled legislatures in Michigan and other battlefields in the Electoral College to declare Trump the winner, despite the announcement of the safest election officials in American history.
“The whole election in all swing states must be annulled, and legislatures must ensure that those elected for Trump are elected,” one of Trump’s lawyers, Sydney Powell, told the Fox Business Network.
At Trump’s request, Michigan state legislature leader and Senate majority leader Mike Shirkie and Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield visited the White House on Friday.
Protesters and the media at the Reagan International Airport in Washington. “Testify to the Results!” There were words. “Where is the evidence of fraud?”
However, following the White House meeting, a major setback for Trump’s efforts, Shirkie and Mr Chatfield reaffirmed their commitment to abide by the election process.
‘Follow the Law’
“Any information that could change the outcome of the election in Michigan, as lawmakers, we will continue to follow the law and follow the normal procedures regarding Michigan voters,” the pair said in a joint statement. “Michigan’s certification process must be free from threats and intimidation.”
Most experts have dismissed Trump’s efforts as political fantasy and illegal. They warn that an American president trying to change a free and fair election will poison the minds of millions, laying the groundwork for him to lose faith in democracy and to consider Biden an illegitimate president.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who defeated Trump in the 2016 election, tweeted on Friday: “Protecting one’s arrogance does not undermine the legitimacy of our democracy.”
Former Vice President Biden has won the election and is set to take office on January 20, but Trump has refused to admit it and is seeking ways to invalidate the results, citing widespread irregularities without providing evidence.
Speaking in the White House briefing on Friday about a campaign to reduce the price of prescription drugs, Trump maintained his unfounded claim that he was the real winner.
“During the Big Pharma campaign, millions of dollars of negative ads were made against me – and I succeeded,” he told reporters.
“But, you know, we’ll find out. About 74 m. There was a big pharma against us. The media was against us. We had great technology against us. There was not much honesty against us. ”
Although Biden received 6 million more votes than Trump, the winner is determined by the Electoral College, where the electoral votes of each state are largely based on population, and the winner is awarded based on the popular vote of one state.
Biden led Trump by 236 votes to 306 electoral votes. States are working to certify their results at least six days before the Electoral College convenes on December 14 to approve the vote.
The Trump campaign is particularly targeting Michigan, where Biden won by 154,000 votes, hoping Republicans there will manipulate the electoral system.
However, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, told the MSNBC TV network: “Even if they enjoy the conversation, it’s incredibly dangerous. This is a shame for the state. ”
Earlier this week, two Republican canvassers blocked the certification of votes in Wayne County, Michigan, where the majority black city of Detroit is located. Amidst the cries of racism, they later repented and witnessed the results. Trump was in contact Tuesday with canvassers Monica Palmer and William Hartman.
On Wednesday, Miss Palmer and Hartman signed affidavits, believing the county would not have to issue a vote certificate. But the Michigan Secretary of State said their vote could not be canceled.
Trump’s dominance in the Republican Party Very few dignitaries have spoken again about his charred land strategy.
However, Mitt Romney, a Utah senator and the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, broke ranks.
The president, who has failed to file a single case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court, has put strong pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and annul the election. It’s hard to imagine a bad and anti-democratic move by a sitting American president, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.
Georgia’s Secretary of State, Republican and Trump supporter Brad Rafenseperger released the certified results on Friday. After conducting a manual recount and audit, Biden won by 12,600 votes.
“This number reflects the fate of the people, not the decision of the state secretary, the courts, the secretary or the campaign,” he told reporters.
Trump’s attempts to reverse his failure through litigation and narrative have had no meaningful success. Yet his campaign has not stopped attacking the courts.
Rudy Giuliani, the president ‘s personal lawyer, said he plans to file more cases. He accused Democrats of plotting to overthrow the election, citing China, Cuba, the Clinton Foundation, billionaire George Soros and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
“I know the crimes, I can smell them,” said the former mayor of New York. “You don’t have to smell it, I can prove it.” He did not provide any evidence to support his claims.
Commenting on the security of the election, Trump administration official Chris Krebs tweeted last week: “That press conference is the most dangerous 1 hour and 45 minute television in American history. Probably the most insane. ”
Biden, who is celebrating his 78th birthday – the oldest U.S. president in history – called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday. Even in the face of the corona virus pandemic, the Trump administration has refused to cooperate with his team. – The Guardian