A provocative Donald Trump once again falsely insisted that he had ‘won’ his re-election in his first public appearance for a week on Friday, as the US president seemed increasingly isolated from his long-running attempt. breath to stay in power.
Claiming against all odds that a path to victory remains viable and in the face of a crackdown from fellow Republicans alarmed by his efforts to overturn the results, Trump invited Michigan lawmakers to the White House on Friday as part of an attempt to reverse the will of voters in key states.
But if he expected them to pick up on the president’s line and publicly support efforts to overturn the Michigan election results – which Biden won by 155,000 votes – he was wrong.
Republican lawmakers have stood firm, saying they will honor the outcome of the election.
“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the Michigan election,” State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a statement. joint statement after meeting with Trump.
“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation,” they added.
The statement came after Trump made brief comments on the election while announcing new drug pricing plans in a rare post-election speech to reporters.
“The big pharmaceutical industry ran millions of dollars in negative ads against me during the campaign – which I won, by the way, but you know, we’ll find out,” Trump said.
He left the briefing room without answering questions.
Logic dictates that Trump’s days in the White House are numbered, with key states that sealed President-elect Biden’s victory quickly approaching deadlines for certifying election results.
In a second blow to Trump’s election interference efforts on Friday, Georgia became the first of those states to officially certify its results, claiming Biden won in the southern state by 12,670 votes, or 0.26 % out of some five million votes cast.
“The numbers don’t lie,” said Brad Raffensperger, Republican Secretary of State for Georgia. “The numbers reflect the verdict of the people.”
Trump made a final push to reject ballots in counties that voted strongly Democratic, force recounts, and delay the process of finalizing the state’s results before the Electoral College votes to confirm the next president on the 14th. December.
In the latest in a series of presidential interventions never before seen in modern American politics, he previously insisted on Twitter that if Georgia allowed him to “expose hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots” it would give him “a BIG VICTORY” in the state.
The president spent most of the day crouching in the White House, ranting against “rigged elections” and retweeting conservative figures – including a supporter of the QAnon plot – arguing that his rival’s victory was fraudulent.
Retired Senator Lamar Alexander has become the latest Republican lawmaker to seek to push Trump to trigger a formal transition process.
Biden “has a very good chance” of becoming the next president, Alexander said, and should be given “all” the resources necessary for a smooth transfer of power.
Despite Trump’s election denial, Biden is fully preparing to take over on January 20.
Friday – his 78th birthday – Biden snuggled up in Wilmington, Delaware with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the top Democrats in Congress, telling them there are “a lot of work to do”.
Trump’s Michigan gambit raised eyebrows among his party members.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney launched a fierce attack on Trump for pressuring local officials, saying, “It’s hard to imagine worse, more undemocratic action from a sitting US president.”
Senate Republicans Ben Sasse and Joni Ernst also criticized the tactic.
However, Trump’s legal team continues to fight.
Rudy Giuliani and other lawyers held a conspiratorial press conference on Thursday, peddling unsubstantiated allegations that Democratic “crooks” committed widespread fraud to deny Trump’s re-election.
‘Never stop fighting’
Georgia’s certification of results, the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has worn Southern State since 1992, is more bad news for Trump.
Nonetheless, Vice President Mike Pence delivered Trump’s message of defiance to Georgia as he campaigned with two Republicans whose January 5 run-off will determine which party controls the Senate next year.
“We will continue to fight until every legal vote is counted. We will continue to fight until every illegal vote is rejected,” Pence told a crowd in Canton.
“And whatever the outcome, we will never stop fighting to make America great again,” he added, to chants of “Four More Years!”
As Trump scrambles unsuccessfully to reverse his electoral loss, Biden has criticized him for not focusing on the coronavirus pandemic that has unleashed unchecked across the country, claiming the lives of 254,000 Americans.
The president’s son Donald Trump Jr announced on Friday that he had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, but was not experiencing any symptoms.
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