“We will continue the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! However, in the best interest of our country, I recommend that Emily and her team do what is necessary with respect to the initial protocols, and I have told my team to do the same,” said U.S. President Donald J. Trump on his Twitter account today, November 23. Trump orders transition of power, but insists on contesting the election.
I want to thank Emily Murphy of GSA for her unwavering dedication and loyalty to our country. She has been harassed, threatened and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family or GSA employees. Our case remains strong, we will continue the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! However, in the best interests of our country, I recommend that Emily and her team do what needs to be done regarding the initial protocols, and I have told my team to do the same.President Donald J. Trump, via his Twitter account.
On the other hand, the General Services Administration (GSA) chief, Emily Murphy, said that her agency would provide Joe Biden federal resources. “I have determined that you may access the postelection resources and services described”, said Murphy in a letter to Mr. Biden.
An uphill struggle for the president
The president’s message comes after two major setbacks in his legal battles to contest the election, the first being that Michigan —one of the swing states where Trump had to prevail— certified the results in favor of Joe Biden. There were three votes to approve this decision and one abstention. The second setback was related to Pennsylvania, since most of the counties in the state also certified Biden’s victory, and others are expected to continue doing so soon, as we read in a POLITICO article.
Doubts about whether Donald Trump can prove election fraud are many. While there have been proven irregularities in the process —while there is also skepticism about how reliable U.S. election machines are— the reality is that the courts are ruling against the president and his legal team.
A rather controversial decision within Trump’s legal team was also evident on November 22nd. It was reported that Sidney Powell is not part of the President’s legal staff and that she is “acting on her own,” which meant that the relationship between the former prosecutor and the team’s legal efforts would not continue.
But Powell was quick to clarify that she “agreed” with Trump legal team’s pronouncement, adding that this was the reality —since she did not sign any contract and did not receive any fees- and that this did not mean that she would not continue to fight to prove fraud.
Another important fact is that from the Republican Party most of its supporters and politicians agree to secure control of the Senate in order to have a direct counterweight to the Biden administration. We must remember that the Republicans are winning 50-48 the upper house, but there are still two second-rounds left in the state of Georgia. Winning one of those ballotages is fundamental.
While it can be said that the GOP can support Trump and, at the same time, fight for two seats in Georgia, the reality is that the Republican establishment’s decision to unequivocally support Trump is not indisputable. In fact, several members of the Republican Party have urged the president to recognize Biden in order to make the transition.
According to The Hill, 56% of voters said they want a divided government with the Republicans in control of the Senate.
In that sense, the transition of power, ordered by Trump, comes hand in hand with the setbacks suffered during the last weeks. The courts are not supporting the president, public opinion is closing ranks to one side and there is no 100% partisan support either. The transition in Washington is a fact, and with it comes a kind of tacit recognition from Trump to Biden.
Similarly, hours after the first pronouncement, the president asserted that he and his team would never concede “to false votes and Dominion”.