WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump faces increased scrutiny from his fellow Republicans following a scathing court defeat in Pennsylvania to abandon his attempt to reverse the U.S. presidential election and concede to Democrat Joe Biden.
Pennsylvania court defeat:
Trump has initiated a barrage of complaints and waged a lobbying drive to keep states from certifying their vote counts after Biden was declared the winner two weeks ago.
So far in courts in Georgia, Michigan and Arizona, efforts to thwart qualification have failed.
A related initiative in Pennsylvania was rejected on Saturday by Matthew Brann, a Republican federal judge nominated by former President Barack Obama, arguing that the prosecution led to “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”
He has to remove Biden’s 81,000-vote advantage in Pennsylvania for Trump to have some chance of staying in the White House. The state is expected on Monday to begin certifying its results.
A swift appeal was vowed by Trump’s attorneys, but lawyers who opposed him in court argue he’s out of time.
Any more efforts by President Trump to use the federal judiciary to rewrite the results of the 2020 election should be nailed in the coffin,” said Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “This should place the nail in the coffin.
In Congress, plenty of Trump’s fellow Republicans are also splitting ranks.
The decision cut off any possibility of a legal win in Pennsylvania, Republican Senator Pat Toomey said and called on Trump to concede the race.
Liz Cheney, a member of the House of Representatives Republican leadership committee, earlier called on Trump to honour “the sanctity of our electoral process” if he fails to prevail in court.
TRUMP REFUSES TO CONCEDE
In the Nov. 3 election, Biden received 6 million more votes than Trump, and even won 306-232 in the state-by-state Electoral College system that decides who on Jan. 20 will take the oath of office.
He’s been planning to take office for the past few weeks, while Trump’s administration has declined to offer support and security clearances to do so.
Critics contend that Trump’s refusal to accept has significant repercussions for national security and the war against the coronavirus that killed almost 255,000 Americans.
Trump will somehow need to reverse voting outcomes in at least three major states in order to stay in power – an unparalleled achievement in U.S. history.
Only Biden’s win there was affirmed by a recount in Georgia, and officials certified the result on Friday. Late Saturday, Trump’s campaign said it would request another recount.
In Wisconsin, Trump volunteers have been blamed by election authorities for slowing a partial recount that is not intended to reverse the victory of Biden.
Trump is now forcing Republican-led state legislators to toss out the election totals and name him the winner, with polls and litigation coming up short.
The courts and/or legislators will hopefully have… “He wrote on Twitter after the Pennsylvania decision, “The COURAGE to do what has to be done to protect the dignity of our elections and the United States of America itself.
He called two top Republicans to the White House in Michigan’s legislature on Friday. They said they saw no proof during the meeting that would cause them to interfere. Biden is leading Trump by 154,000 votes in Michigan.
Poll authorities around the nation say that there is no proof of substantial voter irregularities, and Trump’s own government has called the election “the safest in American history.”
Yet his hard-core Republican base has managed to inflame Trump’s allegations. According to Reuters/Ipsos polls, half of Republicans claim Trump’s victory was robbed, and backers have held protests around the nation to protest the result.