Over a month since President Donald Trump failed in his bid to be re-elected president, he has finally offered what could be the closest thing we’ll ever have to an admission of defeat. Of course, Trump’s acknowledgment that there will be a Joe Biden administration was delivered in the middle of a Friday morning tweet-storm – naturally – and not by means of a concession speech, but we’ll take what we can get.
“Now that the Biden Administration will be a scandal plagued mess for years to come, it is much easier for the Supreme Court of the United States to follow the Constitution and do what everybody knows has to be done,” Trump wrote. “Save the USA!!!”
The message came in the middle of a cluster of tweets covering subjects including the Swine Flu (H1N1), war with North Korea, the troop pull-out in the Middle East, the Food and Drug Administration being a “big, old, slow, turtle,” and included the declaration: “I just want to stop the world from killing itelf!”
Trump’s tweet comes days after Tuesday, which marked the “safe harbor” deadline. Under the critical deadline required by federal law, Congress must recognize the slates of electors chosen by states where legal fights, recounts, and other election disputes have been resolved. Since the passage of the deadline, the possibility of Trump overturning the election results grows slimmer by the day. Wisconsin, which Biden narrowly won by 20,000 votes, was the only state to miss the deadline.
Meanwhile, Trump’s failing legal campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 election now hinge on a longshot strategy being spearheaded by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is suing Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin for altering election laws prior to Election Day. The lawsuit is demanding that the Supreme Court directly intervene to junk the results in those crucial swing states and that their respective legislatures instead hand the presidency to Trump.
The lawsuit has already garnered the support of other red states and 106 House Republicans, but has been lambasted as a transparent, cynical, and baseless attempt to steal the presidential election.
On Thursday, a new legal filing from a group of conservative lawmakers and legal scholars denounced the Texas lawsuit as “a mockery of federalism and separation of powers.” The filing is sure to find an audience among even the most conservative Supreme Court justices, as its list of signatories includes former Sen. John Danforth (R–Mo.), University of St. Thomas law professor Michael Stokes Paulsen, former Department of Homeland Security official Paul Rosenzweig, and Princeton University legal scholar Keith E. Whittington.
Trump has already conceded in the past month that Biden won the election. In mid-November, Trump tweeted that Biden had “won” before deleting the post and clarifying: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING!”
Trump has long resorted to half-truths and outright lies during and before his four years as president. Even well prior to Election Day, the president was hyping up groundless theories about massive voter fraud and ensuring that he would refuse to accept defeat. Now that he has lost dozens of meritless battles on the legal front, he appears to finally be coming to grips with the reality of his defeat.
However, that isn’t stopping Trump from ensuring that come Jan. 20, when Biden is inaugurated, nearly half the country will believe that his electoral victory was illegitimate.
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