The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, insists on continuing with his so far sterile legal strategy to challenge the result of the US 2020 election, while more and more Republicans are turning their backs on him and the Democrats are warning of the “corrosive” effect of his maneuvers on the country.
Trump’s campaign attorneys refused to deal with the deep setback they received Saturday in Pennsylvania, where a federal judge dismissed their biggest lawsuit in that key state, and filed an appeal Sunday in federal appeals court.
The goal of Trump’s team is to reach the U.S. Supreme Court “as soon as possible,” the court that the president took over on the very night of the U.S. election on November 3, even before the results were known and it was confirmed that, according to media projections, he had lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
The judge who dismissed the lawsuit Saturday was conservative, and claimed that Trump’s campaign had resorted to “faulty and undeserved legal arguments and speculative accusations” in its attempt to invalidate hundreds of thousands of votes cast by mail in Pennsylvania.
Even if the Supreme Court accepted the case and ruled in Trump’s favor, which is highly unlikely, the president would still need to prove massive fraud in several other states to reverse Biden’s Electoral College lead of 306 votes to 232.
The failure of Trump’s lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona does not seem to have brought the president one iota closer to recognizing defeat, and his campaign called for a second recount of the votes in Georgia on Saturday, where authorities have already certified Biden’s victory.
Former Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who helped Trump prepare for his debates against Biden, criticized Trump’s lawyers for promoting unsubstantiated theories about an alleged Democratic conspiracy to the media, which they then fail to repeat once they have to defend that issue in court.
“That must mean that the evidence does not exist,” Christie said. Her criticisms of Trump’s campaign were added to those of Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who tweeted to the president, “Stop playing golf and admit defeat”.
To that chorus of Republicans, still small and not including the leaders in Congress, two more senators were added this weekend, Pat Toomey and Kevin Cramer: the first said that the president has already exhausted the legal channels and recognized Biden’s victory, and the second said that it is time to begin the transition.
Ron Klain, who will be Biden’s chief of staff when the president-elect takes office on January 20, called Trump’s blockade of the transition process “corrosive”.