Trump still trying to overturn Biden’s election win, again claims victory
Two weeks after the election, US President Donald Trump is still making desperate and unprecedented efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
Biden, a Democrat, is preparing to take office on Jan. 20, but Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede and is seeking to invalidate or overturn the results through lawsuits and recounts in a number of states, claiming widespread voter fraud.
That effort, which critics call an unparalleled push by a sitting president to subvert the will of voters, has had little success.
Trump’s campaign has suffered a series of legal defeats and appears to have failed to convince key fellow Republicans about his conspiracy theories.
The increasingly desperate and erratic moves are not expected to change the outcome of the 2020 election, where Biden has now received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history and has clinched the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win.
Pressure for Trump to start the formal transition process has mounted, with a few more Republicans voicing doubts over his claims of fraudulent voting.
Trump, in his first public comments in days about the election outcome, again asserted “I won” during a White House event on lowering drug prices earlier on Friday.
After a series of court defeats, the Trump team hopes to convince Republican-controlled legislatures in three battleground states won by Biden to reverse the results and declare Trump the winner, which would put Trump ahead of Biden in Electoral College votes.
It is a long-shot effort and such an event would be unprecedented in modern U.S. history.
Critics say Trump’s refusal to concede has serious implications for U.S. national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 250,000 Americans.