Washington, United States:
A week after losing the U.S. election, President Donald Trump remained locked in the White House on Tuesday, pushing for an alternate reality he wants to win and blocking Democrat Joe Biden’s ability to prepare for the transition.
“WE WILL WIN!” The Republican president tweeted, adding, “We’re making great strides. Results begin to come in next week. Make America great again!”
The news related to Trump’s unprecedented decision by a US president to deny a losing election, refuse to admit to his opponent, and face a series of weak judicial challenges in states where Biden won.
Several suits were thrown away almost immediately and the rest clearly stand no chance of overturning Biden’s lean but compelling victories in multiple states.
Trump’s attempt to hold on to power has become very costly for the man who is often serious about publicly ridiculing rivals as “losers”.
He has made few public appearances since Election Day on November 3 and appears to have all but given up normal president duties.
His only known activity outside the White House was playing golf twice on weekends after the results were received.
Routine intelligence meetings were usually not part of the daily schedule. He made no mention of the dramatic upsurge in the Covid-19 pandemic across the country.
And its once almost daily press conferences, interviews with Fox News or impromptu question-and-answer sessions with White House journalists have dried up.
Instead, Trump spent much of his time tweeting, mostly about the stolen elections. Sometimes he references supportive comments from right-wing presenters on Fox News and tweets quotes from shows on the network’s daily schedule.
Trump’s only significant action by the president was the sudden sacking of Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, which he announced on Twitter.
– junction blocked –
Exactly four years ago, on Tuesday, Trump had just won his surprise victory over Hillary Clinton and was visiting the White House for the first time as a guest of the outgoing Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.
This courtesy towards the elected presidents is an old tradition and underscores the nation’s almost sacred respect for the peaceful transfer of power.
Trump, who took office to turn institutions and what he called “the deep state” on its head, is now shaking another custom.
Not only has he neglected to invite Biden to speak at the Oval Office, but he’s also blocked Democrats from access to facilities, funding and expertise that are usually included in a pre-made package to help out the new leader.
The release of this transitional aid is controlled by Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administration, appointed by Trump.
Biden, who won a record number of votes but recognizes that nearly half of voters still support Trump, apparently decides to ignore the chaos.
Biden rarely mentioned Trump and set up a coronavirus task force. On Tuesday, he gave his most recent keynote address – this time on the fate of the Obamacare health plan, which Trump is supposed to dismantle by the Supreme Court.
– Republicans support Trump –
There is speculation in Washington as to who, if any, in Trump’s inner circle will eventually persuade him to leave.
Former President George W. Bush, the only living ex-Republican president, congratulated Biden on his victory, but he’s an outlier in a party dominated by the still hugely popular Trump.
On Monday, Republican leader in Congress Senator Mitch McConnell said Trump was “100 percent entitled” to challenge the election in court.
How long this support will last – or how long Trump will hold on to the presidency – is unclear.
None of the lawsuits appear to have the potential to change the outcome of votes, and even a scheduled recount in Georgia or elsewhere probably wouldn’t change the basic math.
But Trump added a potential new weapon to his crusade against the results on Monday when his Attorney General Bill Barr agreed to allow probes for “specific fraud allegations.”
Barr added a caveat that “flimsy, speculative, fanciful, or far-fetched allegations should not be used as a basis for opening federal investigations.”
Barr’s unusual intervention in the dispute raised concerns, however, that Trump will continue to expand his efforts. Justice Department Chief Electoral Crimes Attorney Richard Pilger resigned in protest.
Biden’s inauguration is on January 20, 71 days away.