Last updated on November 16, 2020
One step above reading the phone book, apparently Trump is running out of material and plans to read obituaries, claiming that they voted this year.
In an increasingly flailing effort to undercut the legitimacy of his election loss at the hands of Joe Biden, President Donald Trump's legal team and remaining campaign apparatus are preparing to hold press conferences and in-person rallies at which they plan to display the supposed evidence behind the incumbent's thus-far baseless claims of widespread voter fraud—including obituaries of dead people who purportedly cast ballots.
Despite the lack of supporting evidence and fact-checks debunking them, claims that tens of thousands of ballots were submitted in the name of deceased individuals and counted have been proliferating in right-wing social media circles, outlets like Breitbart, and among Trump's advisers since Election Day.
“Obits for those who cast ballots are part of the 'specific pieces of evidence' aimed at bolstering the Trump team's so-far unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud and corruption that they say led to Joe Biden's victory,” according to Axios. “Fueling the effort is the expected completion of vote counting this week, allowing Republicans to file for more recounts.”
What we're hearing: Obits for those who cast ballots are part of the “specific pieces of evidence” aimed at bolstering the Trump team's so-far unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud and corruption that they say led to Joe Biden’s victory.
- Fueling the effort is the expected completion of vote counting this week, allowing Republicans to file for more recounts.
What's next: Team Trump is ready to announce specific recount teams in key states, and it plans to hold a series of Trump rallies focused on the litigation.
- In Georgia: Doug Collins, the outgoing congressman who lost to Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a special election to fill former Sen. Johnny Isakson's seat, will be leading the campaign's recount efforts. The team has also redeployed 92 staffers from Florida to Georgia, doubling its group on the ground.
- In Arizona: Kory Langhofer, former counsel for Trump's 2016 transition, will serve as lead attorney.
- In Pennsylvania: Porter Wright's Ron Hicks is heading up the legal effort.
- Nationwide: They're assembling additional surrogates and lawyers.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) November 13, 2020
“Hillary is on her sore loser tour…And now we have her going through recounts. You know what she needs to do? She needs to get over it. She lost. Get out of the way and let Donald Trump be President,” said Matt Schlapp in 2016.
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) November 13, 2020
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) November 12, 2020
#Melania announces holiday plans at #WhiteHouse, saying `2020 marks the final holiday season for the Trump White House.'
— Frank Bajak (@fbajak) November 11, 2020
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