Desperate efforts by Donald Trump and his Republican allies to overturn the US election result face an ever-narrowing range of options, as court cases and recounts have repeatedly failed to dent the convincing victory. from Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Now that states are certifying their election results, it appears that the president’s latest efforts will involve desperate pleas to Republican state lawmakers in hopes that they will ignore their state laws and somehow skew the election to favor his reelection overall. important electoral college.
It’s been exactly two weeks since Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election, and since then, Republicans and the Trump campaign have made multiple attempts to bring the election results to court and convince state Republican officials to do so. help them subvert the votes of their constituents.
But the effort has largely failed to make significant progress with any of the lawsuits in key states, and state officials have mostly stuck to the original counts. In the past few days alone, Trump’s dream of overturning election results was significantly curtailed after results in Georgia and Arizona’s largest county were certified in favor of Biden on Friday.
The states were two of six targeted by the Trump campaign and Republicans in their efforts to push for narrow margins that favored Biden over Trump. Their whimsical plans have collapsed when judges across the country stopped legal challenges that denounced fraud in an election that experts and public officials have said show no evidence of widespread fraud.
Three other undecided states, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania, will join Georgia in certifying their election results as their certification. deadlines get closer next week. Arizona and Wisconsin, the last state the Trump campaign is targeting, have certification deadlines the following week.
In the face of such realities, Trump’s effort appears to be turning to try to persuade Republican state politicians in some states to ignore the verdict of the popular vote and send voters for Trump, not Biden, to the electoral college, which is the body that actually selects. the new president.
Sidney Powell, one of Trump’s attorneys, told Fox Business Network that “legislatures must make sure that voters are selected for Trump.”
As states move closer to certifying their election results, the legal avenues even the most passionate state legislators have to significantly change the results in their state are scarce. Nor are there many signs that local officials are willing to accept changes in normal practices when it comes to the electoral college.
That fact was highlighted by a statement from Michigan’s two top Republican lawmakers who visited Trump at the White House on Friday.
“As legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow normal process with respect to Michigan voters,” wrote Mike Shirkey, head of the state Senate, and Lee Chatfield, speaker of the state House of Representatives.
They also said that they “have not yet learned of any information that changes the outcome of the election,” a blow to Trump that shows that, despite constantly claiming the election was rigged against him, at least some Republicans believe the evidence of the claim is sparse.
All Michigan counties have certified the results, so it is up to the state canvassing board to certify the results for the entire state. The board, made up of two Democrats and two Republicans, is ready to get together Monday. While one of the members of the republican board He suggested that the state must audit the elections, the power of the board is limited, and the state’s election attorneys have said the path to fighting certification is complicated.
Trump may try to invite other Republican state legislators from swinging target states.
The White House is discussing the possibility of inviting legislators from the state of Pennsylvania to the Oval Office, probably in an attempt to get their support to avoid the vote of the people. CNN reported on Saturday morning. Pennsylvania counties must certify their election results by Monday, after which it will be sent to Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.
As Trump’s closest allies make public appearances denouncing the election results and calling for their results to be annulled, Trump has largely stayed out of the public eye, seemingly sulking that his loss becomes an unshakable reality.
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