“I will not — this administration will not be doing a lockdown,” Trump said, talking for the first time in a week as coronavirus circumstances within the US shatter records and hospitalizations are surging. “Hopefully whatever happens in the future — who knows which administration it will be — I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown.”
It was a fleeting shift in tone suggesting that the reality of President-elect Joe Biden’s substantial win is seeping into Trump’s psyche even as he and his advisers publicly deny it.
Friday’s speech within the Rose Garden was a portrait of a President clinging to energy as his authorized challenges to the election outcomes crumble round him, conscious that he ought to show Americans what he’s been doing with the facility of authorities as he spends his days tweeting conspiracy theories about lost or deleted votes within the midst of a pandemic that’s coursing by way of the United States.
“The delay in transitioning is an increasing national security and health crisis,” Kelly said in a assertion. “It costs the current administration nothing to start to brief Mr. Biden, (Vice President-elect Kamala) Harris, the new chief-of-staff, and ALL identified cabinet members and senior staff as they are identified over the days and weeks ahead. That said, the downside to not doing so could be catastrophic to our people regardless of who they voted for.”
The bipartisan 9/11 Commission also cited the abbreviated presidential transition after the contested election in 2000 as a cause why the nation was not ready for the terrorist assaults, but nationwide safety arguments have not appeared to concern Trump.
Trafficking in falsehoods
Before and after the Rose Garden event, Trump appeared most engaged in trafficking false theories about how voting software program glitches may have modified votes in his fact-free zone of Twitter, even as top election officers in his own administration shot these theories down.
One of Trump’s chief targets was Dominion Voting Systems, an election software program firm, that he claimed in some way altered the leads to Arizona. “No wonder the result was a very close loss,” he tweeted.
Dominion Voting Systems also released a lengthy memo Friday underscoring that the corporate is non-partisan, that there have been no software program glitches — and that “ballots were accurately tabulated and results are 100% auditable.” The firm said that “vote deletion/switching assertions are completely false.”
“The President has had the opportunity — his lawyers have the opportunity — to present this type of evidence, these allegations, in a court of law, and we have not seen that,” Hovland said Friday night time on “Erin Burnett OutFront.”
“What you’ve seen in the courts all around the country amount to nothing. … There’s nothing that we’ve seen that would cause any real doubt in the integrity of the election,” he said.
Given that Biden now has 306 electoral votes, Hovland also said it was tough to think about how a victory of that magnitude can be overturned.
“The professionals that run our elections have work to do and they continue to work through that process,” Hovland said. “But at this point it’s pretty evident where things are — the margins are substantial enough that is well beyond anything that you ever see in a traditional recount or anything of that nature.”
But on Friday morning, White House commerce adviser Peter Navarro falsely said on Fox Business that Trump “won the election.” “We are moving forward here at the White House under the assumption that there will be a second Trump term.”
And when White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was pressed on Fox Business about whether or not Trump would attend the inauguration in January, she cavalierly replied: “I think the President will attend his own inauguration. He would have to be there, in fact.”
Richard Pilger, who directed the elections crimes department within the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department, resigned after Barr’s directive, telling colleagues in an electronic mail that it abrogated “the forty-year-old Non-Interference Policy for ballot fraud investigations in the period prior to elections becoming certified and uncontested.”
Results and failed lawsuits point to inevitably
In the midst of that cognitive dissonance within the White House, some of the sharpest rebukes of the Trump administration’s baseless accusations of voter fraud are coming from the courts.
One of the judges, Richard Haaz of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, noted that state regulation didn’t require voters to fill out the tackle part: “Voters should not be disenfranchised by reasonably relying upon voting instructions provided by election officials,” Haaz wrote.
Chief Judge Timothy Kenny said the plaintiffs’ didn’t have a full understanding of the poll tabulation course of, and while they ascribed “sinister, fraudulent motives” to the method and the town of Detroit, their interpretation of events “is incorrect and not credible.”
Kenny referred to as consideration, for instance, to the claims of Republican challenger Andrew Sitto in an affidavit alleging fraud: “Mr. Sitto’s affidavit, while stating a few general facts, is rife with speculation and guess-work about sinister motives,” the Michigan state choose wrote.