Trump’s strategy is to sow election chaos in US: Analysis

2020-11-19 22:28:30
Trump’s strategy is to sow election chaos in US: Analysis

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to turn the US election into a chaotic mess, including misinformation, lawsuits and attacks on the foundations of American democracy, according an analysis by the Associated Press.

The resulting chaos and confusion isn’t the byproduct of Trump’s strategy following his election defeat to Joe Biden, but the chaos and confusion is Trump’s strategy, the AP analysis said.

Trump's blizzard of attacks on the election are allowing him to sow discontent and doubt among his most loyal supporters, leaving many with the impression that he is the victim of fraudulent voting.

That won’t keep Trump in office, but it could both undermine the new president’s efforts to unify a fractured nation and fuel Trump in his next endeavor, whether that’s another White House run in 2024 or a high-profile media venture.

“This is all about maintaining his ego and visibility,” said Judd Gregg, the former Republican governor and U.S. senator from New Hampshire. “He’s raising a lot of money and he intends to use it.”

The effects of Trump's strategy are already starting to emerge. A Monmouth University poll out Wednesday showed that 77% of Trump supporters said Biden’s victory was due to fraud, despite.

More than two weeks after Election Day, Trump’s approach remains both stunning and unsurprising. It amounts to an unprecedented attack on a democratic election by a sitting American president — one the Republican Party has been largely silent in condemning.

But it is also precisely the scenario Trump spent much of 2020 laying the groundwork for, particularly with his unfounded claims that mail-in ballots would be subject to systemic fraud.

“His response should surprise no one. He foreshadowed it well before the election and it continues his pattern of declaring victory, regardless of the actual facts,” said Tim Pawlenty, the former Republican governor of Minnesota.

Biden eclipsed Trump by comfortable margins in key battleground states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, exceeding the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House and nearing 80 million votes nationwide, a record.

Trump has insisting without evidence that Democratic Party officials conspired to rig the election against him. He's refused to formally concede to Biden. Some Trump allies acknowledge privately that using the courts to actually reverse Biden’s victory isn’t the point of their efforts.

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