Last gasps of biglygate: even Mitt Romney shades Trump as President-elect Biden has not ruled out legal action against the GSA, as Trump will have run out of options very soon.
Arizona will follow in a week.
Nevada and Wisconsin will certify on December 1.
The electors will cast their votes on December 14.
Congress will count those votes on January 6.
That is what’s going to happen.
All the rest is antidemocratic noise.— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) November 20, 2020
Why it matters: The president’s push to overturn the election results is dispelling the cloud of corruption he alleged by forcing states to create a verified — and legally binding — accounting of his election loss.
- “Each loss further cements Biden's win,” says election law expert Richard Hasen.
- “History shows that any leader who constructs a major myth, that is later shown to be false, will eventually fall,” says Harvard science historian and “Merchants of Doubt” author Naomi Oreskes. “The risk is that he takes his country down with him.”
- In Michigan, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers certified Detroit's election results on the last day possible, after initially deadlocking in a party-line vote.
- In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign paid $3 million this week for recounts in two counties. State law required it to pick up the tab because Biden’s overall winning margin was greater than one-quarter of a percentage point.
- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Philadelphia did not violate the law by restricting poll observers’ proximity to ballots.
- Last week, the law firm Porter Wright announced it was dropping representation of the president in Pennsylvania after his team had heralded its hiring.
- In Arizona last week, the campaign's lead lawyer acknowledged the vote count was not affected by fraud but “good-faith” errors, and the tally did not approach Biden's 11,000-vote margin of victory.
— David Sanger (@SangerNYT) November 20, 2020
The irony of Mitt Romney cementing his legacy as the conscience of a broken Republican Party while his beloved niece (who shed the family name) degrades herself daily by sanctioning this sort of madness as RNC chairwoman is nothing short of Shakespearean. https://t.co/0cVj0eHVbL
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) November 20, 2020
In case that thought pops in your head this morning, the answer is:
No, Rudy is not smarter than folks give him credit for. He doesn’t have a legal strategy and he has no facts to fit his client’s false narrative about election fraud.
Now carry on with your day. We got this.
— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 19, 2020
This is a Trump-appointed judge denying an effort to stop certification in Georgia. https://t.co/Hh5H32vStE
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) November 19, 2020
So the hand recount made a difference of just 496 votes out of 4.93 million cast. That's about one-hundredth of a percent. https://t.co/7rOLB5RTx1
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 20, 2020
Hahaha Tucker Carlson threw Trump under the bus because Trump’s lawyer didn’t come on his showpic.twitter.com/Oiq7KGc3Rq
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) November 20, 2020
There were two speakers at the bonkers Trump/RNC presser today outlining the case for throwing out votes.
Giuliani was actually the more reliable one. https://t.co/Ivnqt0jlon
— Philip Bump (@pbump) November 20, 2020
How do I get in on that Communist Money from Venezuela and Cuba ? I broke my algorithm. My back door is broken. Where can I get a leopard print sweater? https://t.co/RwS3VojvtV
— Robert Young Pelton (@RYP__) November 20, 2020
1/ Q&A with Professor @ruthcmay—an expert on Russian and Ukraine economies.
— Heidi Cuda (@Heidi_Cuda) September 29, 2019
NEW VIDEO: Today’s “Hair Dye Coup” isn’t just a threat to American Democracy. It will literally kill at least 1,000 Americans a day via Covid-19 because Trump cares only about himself. Call Trump what he is: a mass murderer.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 20, 2020
Wayne County is 40% Black. Detroit, which Giuliani focuses on, is 80% Black. So let's talk about what we're really talking about here. Take the vote away from Black people, and Trump wins. That's what they're arguing, racism plain and simple. https://t.co/OLIBdSVh84
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) November 19, 2020
If this is true I wonder whether Trump will hold a lot #MAGA rallies after he leaves office. I suppose he could start charging admission then but I bet that would cause the crowd size to plummet. https://t.co/U7TS3n2ph1 pic.twitter.com/d1XN6bRXin
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) November 20, 2020
Current and former Trump officials quietly reach out to Biden team || Via: CNN https://t.co/nQ6ibuKxz4
— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) November 20, 2020
— The Hill (@thehill) November 20, 2020
“Call them whatever you like, but don’t call them leaders” pic.twitter.com/CB13scXJdW
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) November 19, 2020