Some Trump voters still believe he can retain the presidency

  • President Donald Trump supporters say they assist his authorized challenges.
  • The Trump marketing campaign has produced a whole lot of affidavits alleging fraud and impropriety
  • President-elect Joe Biden can be sworn in on 20 January.

As every day brings one other blow to US President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn election outcomes, many Republicans, echoing Trump’s baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud, are sceptical about the introduced consequence and don’t recognise Joe Biden as the president-elect.

Some, like Jonathan Serrano, an entrepreneur from Chicago, Illinois, believe Trump ought to wait to confess defeat till all states have formally licensed their election outcomes, breaking with a convention of presidential concessions begun in 1896. 

Serrano stated:

He ought to concede when election outcomes are official. Biden is the ‘presumed’ president-elect, not the president-elect. Since the media has declared him the winner, which he might very effectively find yourself being, folks believe he is the official winner.

‘A good, lawful, and orderly election course of’

Dylan Martin, communications director of the California College Republicans, stated Trump has the proper to query the consequence in the courts, and the media wouldn’t have the authority to determine who the president-elect is.

But in fashionable US political historical past, all earlier presidential candidates have taken their cues from the US media as to whether or not they have gained or misplaced the election, together with Trump in 2016, who declared victory shortly after American information networks projected him as the winner on election evening.

“We fully support President Trump’s legal challenges. Al Gore got 30-plus days to fight the results in 2000, and Democrats and the media should afford President Trump the same courtesy. Whether his suits change the election results is not the main issue,” Martin stated.

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In 2000, the dispute hinged on votes in a single state – Florida, which Democrat Gore misplaced to Republican George W Bush by 537 votes after the US Supreme Court halted the vote rely. Florida’s 25 Electoral College votes gave Bush the presidency. Trump would wish ends in at the very least three states to be overturned to provide Trump 38 Electoral College votes and reverse Biden’s win.

“The Trump campaign has produced hundreds of affidavits alleging fraud and impropriety. To not cover the fact that evidence has been unearthed, and even go so far as to claim there is no evidence, is gross misconduct on the part of the press,” Martin stated.

No proof of widespread fraud has turned up, regardless of Trump’s authorized workforce’s aggressive pursuit of proof.

At least 25 of 36 lawsuits by the Trump marketing campaign had failed as of 23 November.

She stated:

President Trump deserves a good, lawful, and orderly election course of which we’re not seeing,” stated Stefanie Mingari, a member of the Northwest Side GOP Club in Chicago, Illinois.

“As the days go by, we’re witnessing [voter] fraud and injustice.”

“This election is an embarrassment, and the integrity of the USA is at stake.”

Mingari believes the best path forward is to make sure that every legal ballot, excluding “late” ballots, is counted.

These so-called “late” ballots that arrived after election day are legal in the eyes of various state courts, under each state’s election rules.

In a statement on behalf of her organisation, Betsy Mahan, chair of the Sacramento County Republican Party in California, said the alleged and unproven widespread voter fraud that has occurred cannot be overlooked.

“There are too many voting irregularities to ignore. We are supportive of the legal efforts to determine if there was fraudulent activity in this election, and will accept the outcome after the courts or Congress finalise the winner.”

Gabe Hartwig, president of the Atlanta Young Republicans, recognises Biden as “the probable winner of the Electoral College”. He also believes that Trump’s behaviour is no different from that of Democrats in the 2016 and 2018 elections.

“Donald Trump is following the playbook of our would-be governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, who has not yet conceded her 2018 electoral trouncing at the hands of Governor Brian Kemp. It is nice to see Democrats get a taste of their own medicine.”

Democrat Abrams never publicly conceded, however, Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, delivered a concession speech the day after the election and called for unity.

Hartwig said Trump has “earned the right to present whatever evidence of election fraud his legal team has found in court”. If no credible evidence arises, he believes that the results of the Electoral College should be upheld.

A different perspective

Jack Patton, a New York City resident and chair of the University of Southern California GOP, recognises Biden as the president-elect and hopes that both political parties can begin to work together again.

[Trump] can allege no matter he needs however till it’s confirmed, which it in all probability is not going to be, then Joe Biden is the winner of the election and residing in a constitutional republic means accepting the winners of elections. It’s simply the method that it really works. It’s the method that elections work whether or not your candidate wins or loses it’s a must to settle for the outcomes of the election.

With Trump “running out of options now as Michigan, Pennsylvania, [and] Georgia have all certified their votes”, Patton believes that Trump ought to lastly concede.

“I think it’s the right move for the sanctity of the country, the sanity of the collective citizenry and also for, you know, just the preservation of the peaceful transfer of power which we’ve done successfully for almost 250 years.”

Looking forward

With the formal presidential transition course of formally beneath method, Trump’s supporters are additionally divided over what to anticipate after Biden is sworn in on 20 January.

Serrano is hoping to see a peaceable transition of energy or, if his needs have been to come back true, “peaceful acceptance” of one other Trump time period.

For Patton, Biden is the subsequent president and he acknowledged that he would “love to see more reaching across the aisle from both parties”.

Hartwig sees a silver lining in the 2020 election outcomes.

“Presidential race aside, the 3 November elections were great for Republicans. We expanded our coalition among Black and Hispanic voters, regained several seats in the House of Representatives, took back state legislatures, and likely kept the Senate.”

That will rely on the outcomes of two runoff Senate races set to happen in Georgia on 5 January. If the Republicans win simply one among them they are going to retain their Senate majority.

Meanwhile, Mingari stays optimistic that Trump will discover a method again to victory.

“I am hoping [that] President Trump is re-elected and that all involved who are trying to destroy our election process through voter fraud and deceit are held accountable.”

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