On Saturday, the Associated Press called the 2020 election in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden, triggering a number of disparate reactions from all corners of the American electorate. We saw both celebrations in the streets and scenes of despair and prayer on Saturday, as America came to terms with the results.
President Trump, however, was simply unconvinced of the outcome of the election, and has claimed numerous times in the days since the election that he did indeed win the contest. He has dispatched legal teams across the nation in an effort to overturn the results, with his latest lawsuit being filed in the state of Michigan.
And while there are plenty of Trump loyalists who are willing to go to bat for the President during this litigious limbo, there are reports that many inside the White House are losing the faith.
Vice President Mike Pence gave a presentation to GOP senators on Capitol Hill about new litigation expected in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia – imploring them to stick with the president, according several Republicans in the room.
But even some of the president’s most publicly pugilistic aides, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and informal adviser Corey Lewandowski, have said privately that they are concerned about the lawsuits’ chances for success unless more evidence surfaces, according to people familiar with their views.
Trump met with advisers again Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether there is a path forward, said a person with knowledge of the discussions, who, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. The person said Trump plans to keep fighting but understands it is going to be difficult. “He is all over the place. It changes from hour to hour,” the person said.
The President and his team must act fast if they hope to remain in the White House for another term: Many key states will certify the election results by December 1st and, if the Constitution dictates the date for presidential inauguration, which likely cannot be changed without an act of Congress.
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