US President Donald Trump is getting closer to officially losing the 2020 election. Lawsuits filed in various courts are increasingly falling apart, and yesterday’s allies of the president are increasingly urging him to recognize the victory of Democrat Joe Biden, but an open revolution in the party ranks is still a long way off.
“It will be at the discretion of the President-elect,” said Republican Senator Marco Rubio, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, when asked by reporters about the likely appointment of Senator Angus King as director of national intelligence. The phrase of Mr. Rubio aroused a keen interest of journalists: they openly asked whether this means that the senator considers Democrat Joe Biden as the elected President of the United States.
«It seems that this is what the preliminary results show, and we must be aware that this is the most likely outcome, ”the senator replied.
His point of view is unusual for the modern Republican Party, which is subordinate to Donald Trump and therefore is in no hurry to admit the obvious facts: no matter what the technical overlaps during the vote, recounts at specific precincts and correcting mistakes will not be able to overcome Joe Biden’s advantage of tens of thousands of votes in ” fluctuating “states. Attempts to challenge the election results in courts are also stalled: as early as Monday, November 16, in four states – Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin – the applicants dropped their claims, since they were not supported by any evidence.
“Evidence will appear when the relevant documents are available and completed,” said each of the four claims left by the applicants. They claimed that some “expert reports” would reveal the fact of “illegal voting”, but no expert reports were published. In addition, they retroactively proposed to recognize the legal voting by mail as illegal.
Lawyer James Bopp, representing the plaintiffs in Michigan and Pennsylvania, explained that his team is withdrawing the claims, but said he was not going to disclose further tactics. Another judicial defeat took place after Friday’s fiasco – then nine lawsuits were either withdrawn or left by the judges without satisfaction.
At the same time, Donald Trump continues to insist on his victory. On Twitter, he regularly posts messages like “I won the election!” – when in capital letters, when in lower case. “Radical Left Democrats in cahoots with their partners in the deceitful news media are trying to STEAL this election. We will not let them do this, ”he wrote on Twitter, among other things.
The issue of recognition and non-recognition of elections became a kind of litmus test of party discipline.
As reported by Politico, on Monday, November 16, the candidates for the Republican minority leaders of the House of Representatives spoke to their party members. Through the mouth of Texas Congressman Louis Homert, they asked only one question: “Should President Trump admit defeat?” According to Politico’s interlocutors, each of the candidates replied: he supports President Trump’s decision to “take legal action.”
Nevertheless, voices in support of objective reality are sounding louder and louder: a corresponding statement, for example, was made by Donald Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien, who promised to ensure a professional transfer of power in the event of a victory for the Biden-Harris duo. “Obviously, this is exactly where everything is going,” he explained.
A similar statement was made by the chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, James Risch. “This is my second transitional period when the party changes in the White House. This is a kind of background music change. We are moving from heavy metal to classical music, ”he told Spokesman-Review. Missouri Senator Roger Wicker has called for Joe Biden to have access to intelligence, and Texas Senator John Cornin told the press that January 20 “looks like Joe Biden’s inauguration.”
Nevertheless, one of the most influential Republicans in Washington, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has remained silent so far: he refused to answer a question from journalists about whether Joe Biden should be considered the elected president.
The “Trump” majority of Republicans still refuse to admit the obvious, but this cannot last forever.
The Hill’s interlocutor among Republican senators suggested that many of his colleagues would soon give up their positions. “I’m surprised many have not done it yet. It seems to me that if people want to say something, they will do it this week, ”he explained. One of the reasons for the sluggishness of the Republicans, according to the senator, is the fear of presidential retaliation. “For example, the governor of Ohio said something and got a tweet,” the senator said. On November 16, President Trump tweeted: Who Will Run for Governor of the Great State of Ohio? The race will be hot. ” The president’s ally, the current governor Mike DeWyne, was going to participate in it – the one who said something wrong the other day. Now, perhaps in the 2022 elections, Mr Trump will support Mr DeWyne’s adversary, who has allowed himself to doubt Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.