Lame-duck President Donald Trump continues to flip-flop on conceding the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.
After weeks of falsely claiming he’s the winner, Trump authorized the General Services Administration to turn over critical presidential transition material to Biden.
However, within days of that decision, Trump reverted to false claims that he’s the victim of widespread and unproven voter fraud despite numerous court rulings to the contrary.
Desperate to hang on to power, Trump lashed out at a journalist, yelling, “I’m the president of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way.”
The Republican demagogue then engaged in a tweetstorm egging on his tens of millions of followers while casting doubt on the election’s legality.
“Five more ways Joe Biden magically outperformed election norms,” Trump tweeted. He captioned the tweet: “A must-read. Impossible for Biden to have overcome these, and even greater, odds!”
And to cement his status as the only modern-day president to blow up American democracy, Trump pressed on: “Primary point made was that the 2020 Election was RIGGED and that I WON!”
Speaking to news crews gathered to watch the traditional holiday conversation with the military, Trump denounced officials in battleground states he’d lost as “communists” and “enemies of the state.”
The Associated Press reported that Trump also announced he’d be traveling to Georgia to meet with what he said would be tens of thousands of supporters on Dec. 5 ahead of two runoffs there that will likely determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.
According to the AP and other outlets, the end goal for Trump remains to try and prevent enough states from certifying election results which would keep Biden from claiming the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency.
Biden currently has 306, well above the margin of victory.
If Trump were to convince the states not to certify the election, the U.S. House of Representatives would choose the next president.
“I think the strategy of the Trump team is not to get him to 270 but to keep [Joe] Biden from getting to 270,” famed legal scholar Alan Dershowitz told Zenger News in a video interview, referring to the minimum number of Electoral College votes required to capture the White House.
Today, Biden would have 306 electoral votes if all 50 state governments were to certify their unofficial vote totals.
“I don’t think this is a charade of some kind,” he said of the many legal efforts of Trump’s legal team now spread thin across Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
“He believes the legal claims advanced by the Republicans appear to be largely sound,” Dershowitz said. “Vice President Biden is not yet the president-elect. He hasn’t gotten the 270 certified votes yet. There are so many contingencies that could occur, that anyone who tells you now with 100 percent certainty they can predict the outcome is not being straight with you.”
If Biden were limited to 269 or fewer votes when the Electoral College meets, the U.S. Constitution’s 12th Amendment requires members of the newly-elected House of Representatives to go into session immediately and resolve the presidential stalemate through a “contingent election.”
Only 50 votes would be cast in the House, one from each state’s congressional delegation. Democrats will continue to occupy more than half of all House seats but Republicans will hold majorities in 26 of the 50 delegations — the bare minimum required to elect a president.
However, Trump’s attempts to stop certification has so far fallen short. Among his latest attempts, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia rejected his effort to challenge the state’s election results.
The Philadelphia judges ruled that Trump’s claims of voter fraud had no merit.
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote for the three-judge panel.