Georgia confirms the outcomes of the most recent setback for Trump’s provide to overturn the Biden win
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By Trevor Hunnicutt and Joseph Ax
(Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s desperate attempt to overturn the November 3 election result was struck again Friday after it was revealed he had lost Georgia while the winner, President-elect Joe Biden, held more posts in his new one US government occupied.
Biden, a Democrat, is preparing for office on Jan. 20, but Trump, a Republican, has refused to admit and tried to invalidate or reverse the results through lawsuits and recounts in a number of states, claiming – without evidence – widespread electoral fraud.
These efforts, which Trump’s critics have described as an unprecedented push by a seated president to undermine the will of voters, have been unsuccessful. Trump’s campaign has suffered a series of legal defeats and appears to have failed to convince other Republicans in states he has lost, such as Michigan, to respond to his baseless conspiracy theories.
More bad news broke on Friday when Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger announced that a manual recount and review of all ballots cast in the southern state had shown Biden to be the winner.
Biden is the first Democrat to promote Georgia since 1992.
“The numbers reflect the judgment of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state or the courts or either campaign,” Raffensperger, a Republican and Trump supporter, told reporters. Official figures on the Foreign Minister’s website showed that Biden won the state by 12,670 votes.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, said he was required by law to formalize certification of results, “which paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options in a separate recount if they so choose . ” But he also said that the exam showed some errors in the original number of votes.
Trump had previously expressed his dismay, saying on Twitter that Georgian officials refused to “let us see signatures that would reveal hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots” and give him and his party “a BIG VICTORY”.
The President did not provide any evidence to support his claim.
Trump reiterated “I won” in his first public comment in days on the election result when he departed from the subject of a White House event to lower drug prices. But he also seemed to acknowledge the possibility that he might not stay in power by saying drug companies opposed his pricing reform and, “I just hope they keep it.”
After a string of court losses, the Trump team is hoping the Republican-controlled legislatures in the battlefield states won by Biden will put the results aside and declare Trump the winner, according to three people familiar with the plan.
It’s focused on Michigan and Pennsylvania for now, but even if both states switched to president, he’d have to overturn the vote in another state to jump ahead of Biden on the electoral college.
Such an extraordinary event would be unprecedented in modern US history. Not only would Trump need three state lawmakers to crack down on the number of votes, but he would also have those measures upheld by Congress and almost certainly by the US Supreme Court.
Undeterred by the increasing opportunities, Trump invited Michigan lawmakers, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, both Republicans, to meet him at the White House on Friday.
In a statement made after the meeting at the Oval Office, Shirkey and Chatfield said they discussed how Michigan needed additional federal funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic and they had confidence in a review of the Michigan electoral process by the state is carried out by lawmakers.
“We have not yet received any information that could change the outcome of the Michigan election. As lawmakers, we will obey the law and follow the normal process of Michigan’s voters as we said during these elections.” her statement said.
The White House had no immediate comment.
When Shirkey and his colleagues arrived at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport earlier in the day, they were greeted by a crowd of protesters, some with signs reading “SHAME” while others sang, “Respect for Michigan voters.”
Biden, who turned 78 on Friday, continued to lay the foundations for his administration and announced appointments, including his former deputy chief of staff Louisa Terrell as the new director of the White House’s Legislative Office, the main liaison with Congress.
Biden also met with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, Democratic leaders in Congress, in his home state of Delaware.
They agreed that Congress must adopt an emergency aid package in the current session to alleviate the economic pain of the pandemic, according to a joint statement. More than 252,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19.
“Put the country first”
The president’s lawyers argue that the US Constitution gives lawmakers the ultimate power to appoint voters, rather than governors and state secretaries. Republicans control Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin legislatures.
These states were the pillars of Trump’s 2016 election victory, but Biden prevailed even more strongly in all three states than Trump did four years ago.
Legal experts sounded the alarm when a seated president tried to undermine the will of voters despite being skeptical that a state parliament could legitimately replace its own voters.
Pressure on Trump to initiate the formal transition process increased, and several more Republicans expressed doubts about Trump’s allegations of fraudulent votes.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, who will retire later this year, said Biden “had a very good chance” of becoming the next president and that the loser in the elections should “put the country first”.
There is a “right and wrong way” for Trump to deny what he sees as electoral irregularities, Maine Senator Susan Collins said in a statement. “The right way is to gather the evidence and bring legal challenges to our courts. The wrong way is to try to put pressure on the election officials.”
Danielle Friedman, senior lawyer for Biden’s campaign, told reporters the recount requested by Trump in Wisconsin was on track to reinforce Biden’s “resounding” victory in the state. The official acquisition in the state, she said, brought Biden’s victory to a lead of 20,608 votes.
Nationally, Biden won almost 6 million more votes than Trump, a difference of 3.8 percentage points. However, the outcome of the elections is determined in the electoral college, where the electoral votes of each state, based largely on the population, are usually given to the winner of a state’s referendum.
Biden leads to Trump’s 232 votes with 306 votes as states work to confirm their results at least six days before the electoral college convenes on December 14.