WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Trump’s Attempt to Overturn Will of Voters is ‘Dead’

Trump’s desperate effort to overturn the will of the American people has failed. With 35 lost lawsuits and certifications completed or moving forward in every state, Trump has no path forward. As a Republican judge in Pennsylvania said in dismissing yet another Trump lawsuit, the president’s debunked claims have “no merit” and are “without evidence.”

Trump lost in courts and election boards everywhere. His attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election are “dead.”

CNN: “Trump’s effort to steal the election is done”

Daily Beast: “Experts agree: Trump’s legal effort is dead, and rigor mortis is setting in.”

New York Times: “After legal defeats in nearly all of the key swing states — Michigan, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin — Mr. Trump’s path to overturning the results of the election through the courts has all but vanished.”

NBC News: “The president is concerned his team is comprised of ‘fools that are making him look bad.’”

New York Times: “President Trump, who said there would be so much winning in his White House that Americans would grow tired of it, is of a different mind-set these days. He is not, apparently, tired of losing. Which is what he and his allies keep doing in their desperate efforts to overturn an election that Mr. Trump did not win.”

Washington Post: “The Trump campaign has experienced almost nothing but setbacks in its efforts to overturn the election results.”

ABC News: “For President Trump, defections and gaffes hamper 2020 election court challenges”

NBC News: “President Donald Trump and other Republicans have filed over 30 lawsuits across six swing states in an attempt to contest the election results. Most of them have been shot down or withdrawn, and no court has found even a single instance of fraud.”

NBC News Legal Analyst Glenn Kirschner: “It’s beyond an embarrassment. It’s both really poor lawyering and it has the worst possible motive behind it. It’s all in the name of overturning the will of American voter.”

Election Lawyer Matthew Sanderson: “This is like Bush v. Gore, but replace James Baker with the editor of a QAnon subreddit. It’s not competent lawyering. There are strategic errors, typographical errors — every kind of error you can make in a case.”

Aspen Institute’s Garrett M. Graff: “Donald Trump really thoroughly emphasized how much he lost. He lost the unofficial counts. He lost the recounts. He lost the court fights. And then he lost the certifications. (I mean he lost Georgia alone like four times, right?!) And then he lost the ascertainment. Trump lost.”

Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal: “These people are 1 out of 37 cases…they’re terrible losers.”

Former Acting Attorney General Stuart Gerson: “We’re seeing some horrible lawyering.”

Governor Chris Christie: “The conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”

Former Solicitor General Charles Fried: “Garbage.”

Today, Nevada and Pennsylvania officially certified their elections. President-elect Biden won Pennsylvania by over 80,000 votes — almost double Trump’s margin in 2016.

New York Times: “With multiple battleground states that Mr. Biden won now having certified their results, the flailing effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to subvert the election and overturn the votes of millions of Americans is nearing its end.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “The Nevada Supreme Court certified the state’s election results on Tuesday morning following numerous failed post-election court challenges that sought to delay or thwart it.”

NBC News: “Pennsylvania certified its election results Tuesday showing that President-elect Joe Biden won the state, solidifying Biden’s national victory and dealing yet another blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election’s outcome.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Trump’s attacks on the results of the election have centered on a largely unsuccessful and increasingly desperate legal fight, as well as escalating rhetorical attacks.”

Washington Post: “Certification arrived after the Trump campaign failed to gain traction in court over its claims that there was voter fraud, that GOP election observers in Philadelphia were denied access and that deficient mail ballots were mishandled in several counties.”

Washington Post: “Pennsylvania and Nevada, two key battleground states, certified President-elect Joe Biden’s wins Tuesday, even as President Trump continued to fight results in court and insisted that he will ‘never concede.’”

Bloomberg: “The certification was the latest in a series of defeats for Trump, who has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, to have won the Nov. 3 election.”

Yesterday, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers officially certified election results showing President-elect Biden won by 155,000 votes, more than 14 times Trump’s margin in 2016.

CNN: “President Donald Trump’s not-secret attempt to steal the presidential election likely met its end Monday. And it was a group of local officials doing their job in Michigan that ended it.”

Politico: “President Donald Trump’s push to subvert the 2020 election results took a potentially fatal hit Monday, as election officials in Michigan certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and more key battlegrounds took steps to formalize Biden’s wins.”

BuzzFeed: “The Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted to certify the results of the general election with a 3–0 with one abstention, closing out President Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s desperate effort to delay the certification in a state that was won by President-elect Joe Biden.”

University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald: “You know the drill: Trump is still a loser”

Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal: “It’s over. Trump has lost far too much in far too many states, and the Michigan certification today that you just mentioned underscores that.”

BuzzFeed’s Zoe Tillman: “The Michigan Supreme Court rebuffed the last remaining GOP challenge to try to stop Wayne County from certifying election results pending an audit — not a ruling the merits, rather the court wasn’t persuaded it should take it up at all”

Sen. Bill Cassidy: “With Michigan’s certifying it’s results, Joe Biden has over 270 electoral college votes. President Trump’s legal team has not presented evidence of the massive fraud which would have had to be present to overturn the election. I voted for President Trump but Joe Biden won.”

The Trump campaign lost five lawsuits before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday alone.

ABC News: “Trump campaign loses 5 more cases in Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision”

CNN: “Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump campaign’s effort to block the counting of absentee ballots with missing dates or names, clearing the way for 10,000 votes to be counted in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties, in another defeat for President Donald Trump’s desperate legal battle.”

Law & Crime: “Pennsylvania Counties Torch Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Untenable’ and ‘Piecemeal’ Attempt at Appealing Resounding Loss”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro: “Within the span of about 45 minutes today, they lost an appeal in the Third Circuit and lost a case up at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. We have rounded the turn. The election is long over, and now the transition begins.”

A conservative federal judge threw out yet another Trump lawsuit on Saturday, saying it was “not how the Constitution works.”

Associated Press: “In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.”

Washington Post: “The judge’s decision, which he explained in a scathing 37-page opinion, was a thorough rebuke of the president’s sole attempt to challenge the statewide result in Pennsylvania.”

Bloomberg News: “Trump Campaign Loses Pennsylvania Suit Called ‘Monster’ By Judge”

Politico: “The ruling is the latest rejection by federal and state court judges of Trump’s effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. And the judge’s stinging refutation of the campaign’s claims is yet another indication that Trump’s last-ditch effort to cling to power is slipping”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “‘Not how the Constitution works’: Federal judge tosses Trump suit seeking to disrupt Pa. election results”

Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson: “It’s like the legal equivalent of being run over by a forklift, a tractor, a van and then a small SUV just for good measure just to make sure you’re really dead… It’s rare to see a legal opinion saying: Absolutely not. Don’t come back in this courtroom.”

New York Times Magazine’s Emily Bazelon: “This is an important lawsuit in Pennsylvania and an important defeat for the Trump campaign.”

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ICYMI: Chair Perez: “We’ve got to get to work.”

Last night, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez joined All In with Chris Hayes to discuss Trump’s failed lawsuits, the importance of making it easier for Americans to participate in the democratic process, and President-elect Biden’s historic victory.

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“This election ended, again, over two weeks ago. And we are a nation in crisis. We’ve got to get to work. And that’s what needs to be done.”

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“This is unconscionable what took place. And at the same time, Chris, I think it’s really important to take a step back. Joe Biden won with record turnout. He’s now over 80 million votes. We’re going to be closer to 160 million people turning out than 150 million people turning out. We had heroic people across America administering elections in the middle of a pandemic. That’s what I hope we reflect on, was the heroism day in and day out of people across America who were making sure that folks were able to cast their vote.

“And the other lesson we should take away from this, Chris, is when we give voters options. And that’s what we did this election. You could early — you could vote by mail, you could in-person early vote. You could vote the day of the election. When you give people options, more people vote. That’s a good thing. The difference between us and them is they don’t like it when more people vote.”

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Trump Ignores The Pandemic As Tens Of Thousands Of Americans Have Died Since The Election

In the weeks since the election, Trump has tweeted lies about the election hundreds of times, held almost no public events, and ignored the pandemic that continues to surge uncontrolled across the country. 

Since the election, Trump has tweeted lies about the election hundreds of times, but done nothing to control the pandemic.

New York Times: “In the three weeks since Election Day, President Trump’s most visible presence has been on Twitter. Since Nov. 3, he has posted some 550 tweets — about three-quarters of which attempted to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election results. … As Mr. Trump’s attacks continue, the coronavirus pandemic rages on, worse than ever. … Mr. Trump’s public calendar, meanwhile, has been remarkably light, especially relative to his pre-election schedule, when he often attended multiple campaign rallies in a single day.”

While Trump ignores the coronavirus, tens of thousands of Americans have died in the past three weeks and hospitalizations continue to shatter records.

Washington Post: “More than 85,000 covid patients hospitalized nationwide, shattering records yet again”

New York Times: “More than 25,000 people in the United States have died from Covid in the past three weeks.’

A new model predicts that we could reach 20 million cases in under two months, and Dr. Fauci warned there could be a “stunning number of deaths.

FAUCI: “You do the math on that. Two to three thousand deaths a day times a couple of months, and you’re approaching a really stunning number of deaths.”

CNN: “Covid-19 is running unabated across almost every American community, and one model projects it will take the country just under two months to reach a staggering 20 million cases. The US could nearly double its current numbers — about 12.4 million reported infections — by January 20, according to the Washington University in St. Louis forecasting model.”

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Trump Plays Golf As He Threatens Vaccine Distribution And Allows COVID-19 To Surge Uncontrolled

As the coronavirus surges uncontrolled across the country, and deaths soar while hospitalizations hit new record highs, Trump refuses to do anything to help. Case in point: He skipped a G-20 meeting on the coronavirus this weekend to play golf. To make matters worse, Trump continues to block President-elect Biden’s transition, which experts say harms public health and threatens vaccine distribution.

The head of Operation Warp Speed says “of course” it would be better for public health if Trump would begin President-elect Biden’s transition.

TAPPER: “As a purely public health matter, if you were able to talk with the incoming Biden administration, this handoff would go smoother than being denied that ability.” DR. SLAOUI: “Of course. You know, smoothness is what we all aim for, therefore it would be better.”

CNBC: “Trump coronavirus vaccine chief has had ‘no contact’ with Biden transition team”

Trump’s refusal to begin President-elect Biden’s transition threatens to make coronavirus vaccine distribution even more difficult.

Washington Post: “Now comes the hardest part: Getting a coronavirus vaccine from loading dock to upper arm”

Washington Post: “Further complicating the logistics: the continued intrusion of politics. The Trump administration has not given information about vaccine distribution to the Biden transition team, Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain said in an interview Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ adding to the potential for disruption.”

Trump skipped a G-20 session on global coronavirus response efforts and pandemic preparedness to play golf as cases and deaths soar and hospitalizations hit new records.

Business Insider: “Trump skipped a coronavirus meeting with G20 leaders to play golf”

CNN: “The United States surpassed 12 million coronavirus cases on Saturday, adding nearly 200,000 more to its staggering count. Trump has made no mention of the terrifying milestone. Rather, he spent part of the day golfing.”

Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Hospitalization Count Sets 13th Straight Daily Record”

Associated Press: “Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May”

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Trump’s Failed Legal ‘Strategy’ Becomes A Laughingstock, Allies Turn On Him

Trump is abusing his power to undermine our democracy and try to overturn the will of the voters. After his legal “strategy” has been a complete failure and become a national laughingstock, Trump is desperately trying to pressure state legislatures to overturn the election results. But nothing Trump can do will change reality, and Republicans and some of his closest allies have increasingly called on him to move on.

In a last ditch effort, Trump is abusing his power to try to pressure Republican-led legislatures to overturn the will of the people.

Politico: “President Donald Trump made explicit Saturday the strategy his legal team has been hinting at for days: He wants Republican-led legislatures to overturn election results in states that Joe Biden won.”

TRUMP: “Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to ‘flip’ at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?”

Trump is desperate after his legal “strategy” has become an embarrassment and a complete failure with judges uniformly rejecting his baseless claims.

Associated Press: “Trump’s legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none”

Associated Press: “The strategy may have played well in front of television cameras and on talk radio to Trump’s supporters. But it has proved a disaster in court, where judges uniformly rejected their claims of vote fraud and found the campaign’s legal work amateurish.”

In Pennsylvania, a judge tossed out the Trump campaign’s suit saying it’s “not how the Constitution works” and calling their claims “unhinged.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “‘Not how the Constitution works’: Federal judge tosses Trump suit seeking to disrupt Pa. election results”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann described the case put forth by the president’s campaign as a tortured ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’ and the remedy it sought — effectively disenfranchising nearly seven million voters in the state — as ‘unhinged.’”

The Trump campaign is still trying to invalidate thousands of votes in Wisconsin through a recount and by obstructing the process.

Washington Post: “In last-gasp maneuver, Trump campaign tries to invalidate thousands of votes as Wisconsin recount gets underway”

Associated Press: “Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count.”

Trump can’t accept defeat in Georgia and has requested a recount, meaning the votes will be tabulated and Biden will win again, for a third time.

NPR: “Trump Requests Georgia Recount, Meaning 5 Million Votes Will Be Tabulated A 3rd Time”

Republicans and Trump’s allies have increasingly come out against his attacks on our democracy and said it’s time to move on.

Sen. Toomey: “President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania.”

Sen. Collins: “There is a right way and a wrong way to compile the evidence and mount legal challenges in our courts. The wrong way is to attempt to pressure state election officials. That undermines the public’s faith in our election results without evidence and court rulings to support the allegations.”

Sen. Murkowski: “A pressure campaign on state legislators to influence the electoral outcome is not only unprecedented but inconsistent with our democratic process. It is time to begin the full and formal transition process.”

Sen. Cramer: “It’s past time to start a transition, to at least cooperate with a transition. I’d rather have a president who has more than one day to prepare.”

Rep. Granger: “I have great concerns about it. I think that it’s time to move on.”

Rep. Upton: “The voters have spoken here in Michigan, a 154,000-vote margin by President-elect Biden. No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse.”

Rep. Cheney: “If the President cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process.”

Gov. Hogan: “Now, we are beginning to look like we’re a banana republic. It’s time for them to stop the nonsense. It just gets more bizarre every single day and, frankly, I’m embarrassed that more people in the party aren’t speaking up.”

Chris Christie: “Quite frankly, the conduct of the President’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”

Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman: “The outcome is very certain today, and the country should move on.”

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Bipartisan Chorus Slams Michigan Leaders for Meeting with Trump Amid Bogus Election Claims

“This goes beyond partisan politics, and it’s an attempt to subvert our democracy and undermine the will of Michigan voters,”

Ahead of Trump’s meeting with Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a growing bipartisan chorus of Michigan leaders have spoken out against the meeting and the attempts by the Trump administration to circumvent the will of Michigan voters. As of the last vote total, President-elect Biden is leading Michigan by over 150,000 votes.

Both Republican and Democratic Michigan Leaders have condemned the visit and attempts from the Trump campaign to reject the will of voters: 

Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Paul Mitchell in Detroit News: “It’s because of that risk that we must call upon elected and appointed leaders in Michigan to rise above the political pressure and the conspiracy theories and to lead as if your state and your country depend on you. Because they do. We remind our colleagues at all levels of government that history will judge us all and we should all act accordingly. Doing the right thing and the hard thing are often the same thing. Let’s show the country that Michigan residents believe in our democracy more than anything else.”

Rep. Fred Upton: “The margin in Michigan is more than 145,000 and will not be overturned … No one has been able to show credible evidence of voter fraud, and I have not heard of any irregularities from my district. It’s time for us to move forward.”

The Hill: Rep. Debbie Dingell: “This goes beyond partisan politics, and it’s an attempt to subvert our democracy and undermine the will of Michigan voters,”

Fox 2 Detroit: State Rep. Tyrone Carter: “They need to choose the United States over the person sitting in the office. He is not a king, he is not a dictator, he is an occupier,”

Detroit News Editorial: “Trump’s ongoing scheming to throw out votes and block the certification of Michigan’s election results will not produce more than the more than 150,000 votes separating him from President-elect Joe Biden. But they will enhance the division and distrust emanating from the recent election.”

Greeting Shirkey in Detroit at DTW:

Fox2 Detroit: Michigan Senate Leader Shirkey swarmed by activists at airport before flying to meet with Trump: “At the airport, activists holding signs chanted ‘protect our vote’ at Shirkey as he printed out a boarding pass and got in line to walk through security.”

Nick LaFave: Sen Shirkey flying out of Detroit to DC for his meeting w @realDonaldTrump.

Greeting Shirkey and Chatfield in DC: 

A mobile billboard showing the CNN projection of Biden’s victory in Michigan and quoting Rep. Upton: “The votes have been counted. The American people have spoken, and they have chosen Joe Biden to serve as our next president.” See More

Brad Woodhouse: “Check out the mobile billboard we have driving around the White House today greeting the Michigan Republicans conspiring with ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ to steal the election. Courtesy of Save My Country Action Fund”

Protestors at Reagan Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C. 

Kyle Stewart of NBC News: “.@SenMikeShirkey just arrived at Reagan Airport and was immediately surrounded by protestors chanting “Certify the results!” Shirkey and other Michigan GOP lawmakers are expected to meet with @realDonaldTrump today.”

Marshall Cohen of CNN: “Protesters greeted Michigan Senate Majority Leader @SenMikeShirkey with ‘shame on you’ chants when he arrived today in DC before his WH meeting with Trump, who is urging the Michigan legislature to overturn Biden’s win. Shirkey has previously said ‘that’s not going to happen.’”

Politico: “Shirkey and state Sen. Tom Barrett were met by a throng of protesters and reporters outside Reagan National Airport upon their arrival Friday. The pair passed through the airport without talking to the media. Earlier this week Shirkey told Bridge Michigan, a nonprofit news outlet, that the idea the legislature would defy the voters is ‘not going to happen.’’

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Trump Refuses To Do Anything To Fight COVID-19 And Sabotages Biden’s Ability To Lead As Pandemic Worsens

As this pandemic continues to worsen, Trump has not only refused to do anything to help, but he is also sabotaging President-elect Biden’s ability to lead on the coronavirus.

New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations broke all-time records yesterday, and deaths were the highest in over six months.

The COVID Tracking Project: “Our daily update is published. States reported 1.8 million tests, 183k cases, and 81k people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Reported deaths were 1,971, the highest since May 7. Test, case, and hospitalization counts broke all-time records today.”

Weekly unemployment claims rose for the first time in five weeks, and remain well above pre-pandemic levels as the jobs recovery slows. 

Bloomberg: “Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits rose for the first time in five weeks and remained well above pre-virus levels, suggesting the labor-market recovery is slowing amid a surging pandemic and fresh business restrictions.

Trump refuses to do anything to help and continues to jeopardize vaccine distribution by blocking President-elect Biden from receiving vaccine information.

Bloomberg: “The Trump administration has assured states they’ll have enough hospital beds and equipment to handle the alarming nationwide surge in coronavirus cases, but it isn’t advocating for additional measures to slow the virus’s spread and continues to shut out Joe Biden’s advisers.”

CNN: “The Health and Human Services Department will not work with President-elect Joe Biden’s team until the General Services Administration makes a determination that he won the election, Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday, even as public health experts stress that a smooth transition is a critical part of the government’s response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.”

Associated Press: “President-elect Joe Biden met Thursday with governors from both parties and criticized President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attempt to block the peaceful transition of power, saying it was hindering the flow of information about programs to develop a vitally important coronavirus vaccine.”

The Trump administration pulled the plug on emergency lending programs needed to support the economy as the pandemic continues to rage.

CNN: “US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has pulled the plug on emergency Federal Reserve lending programs, drawing a rare rebuke from the central bank, which said they are needed to support the economy as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.”

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Trump Poses A Historic Threat To Our Democracy, But He Can’t Change The Outcome Of The Election

Trump has become increasingly desperate in his ploy to overturn the outcome of the election after failing repeatedly in court because there is no evidence to support his baseless claims. Now, Trump is posing a historic threat to our democracy by abusing his power and personally trying to influence state election officials. Despite his best efforts to undermine the integrity of our elections, there is nothing Trump can do to change the reality that President-elect Biden won, and it wasn’t even close.

In a last ditch effort to overturn the outcome of the election, Trump has taken unprecedented steps to personally try to influence election officials.

Associated Press: “President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps 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. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies.”

New York Times: “President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election are unprecedented in American history and an even more audacious use of brute political force to gain the White House than when Congress gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency during Reconstruction.”

Trump’s threats pose a historic level of danger to our democracy but will not change the outcome of the election, which wasn’t even close.

Washington Post: “On Thursday, legal experts said Trump’s pressure campaign was unlikely to actually change the electoral college’s vote. But, they said, the fact that Trump was trying it posed a historic level of danger for American democracy — by raising the prospect that a presidential election could be stolen from the inside.”

Associated Press: “Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January.”

New York Times: “Mr. Trump’s chances of succeeding are somewhere between remote and impossible, and a sign of his desperation after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won by nearly six million popular votes and counting, as well as a clear Electoral College margin.”

Republican senators have spoken out against Trump’s efforts to undermine our democracy by trying to prevent Michigan from certifying its results.

Senator Romney: “Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election. It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.”

Senator Sasse: “Based on what I’ve read in their filings, when Trump campaign lawyers have stood before courts under oath, they have repeatedly refused to actually allege grand fraud — because there are legal consequences for lying to judges. President Trump lost Michigan by more than 100,000 votes, and the campaign and its allies have lost in or withdrawn from all five lawsuits in Michigan for being unable to produce any evidence.”

Even Tucker Carlson has rebuked the Trump campaign’s inability to produce any evidence to support its outlandish conspiracy theories.

Tucker Carlson: “We invited Sydney Powell on the show. We would have given her the whole hour. We would have given her the entire week, actually, and listened quietly the whole time at rapt attention. But she never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of polite requests. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her. When we checked with others around the Trump campaign, people in positions of authority, they also told us Powell had never given them any evidence to prove anything she claimed today at the press conference. Powell did say that electronic voting is dangerous, and she’s right, but she never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one.”

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign and its allies continue to lose in court and President-elect Biden’s win has only been reaffirmed.

CNN: “Georgia confirms Biden victory after statewide audit”

Politico: “Another bid by an ally of President Donald Trump to overturn the results of this month’s election was roundly rejected in court on Thursday, as a federal judge appointed by Trump turned down a bid to block the certification of President-elect Joe Biden as the victor in Georgia.”

ABC News: “Two more Pennsylvania legal challenges by President Donald Trump’s campaign appear to have failed, insuring that more than 2,700 ballots that had been contested over technicalities would, in fact, be counted.”

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Michigan Democratic Party Statement on State Board of Canvassers Vote

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes on the Michigan State Board of Canvassers voting to certify the November election:

“We are glad to see the Board of Canvassers stand up to Donald Trump’s intimidation and harassment and carry out their constitutional duties to certify the election results. Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by 154,187 votes in our state after over 2.8 million Michiganders stood up and supported the President-Elect. We’re proud to send 16 electors to the electoral college on December 14 to vote for the next president, Joe Biden.”

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MDP Letter to the Michigan Board of Canvassers

Board of State Canvassers
Michigan Department of State
Lansing, MI 48918

Dear Board Members: 

I write on behalf of the Michigan Democratic Party with a request: that on Monday, you carry out your responsibility under Michigan law to certify the results of the 2020 general election.  

This is a simple but fundamental step. Our system of government draws its power from the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box. That will, which lies at the foundation of the state and federal constitutions to which each of you—like every elected official in the State of Michigan—has sworn an oath, must be given effect.  

By any measure, the 2020 general election in Michigan was a remarkable achievement by municipal, county, and state election officials. More than 70% of eligible voters participated, marking the state’s highest participation rate since 1960; the turnout exceeded 5.5 million people, reflecting the highest number of Michiganders to vote in any statewide election. All of this took place in the midst of a global pandemic, this should be cause for commendation and celebration. 

Unfortunately, the incumbent President and his political party have decided to use the weeks following the election to spread falsehoods and to sow doubt about our state’s democratic process. Their fundamental concern, of course, is not with the process at all, but instead with its result—that more than 2.8 million Michiganders cast ballots for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, constituting 154,187 more votes than those cast for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. But they attempt to mask their actual concern with baseless allegations.   

Most of the claims of “irregularities and anomalies” have been dismissed by courts, after having been leveled in multiple lawsuits. In the words of one judge, the Republicans’ “interpretation of events is incorrect and not credible.” Costantino v. City of Detroit, Case No. 20-014780 (3d Jud. Cir. Ct., Wayne Cnty.) (Kenny, C.J.).  

In addition to now raising recycled claims that have already failed in court, the Republican Party also purports to be concerned about the number of unbalanced precincts in Detroit, although there is no claim that these result from anything other than clerical error nor is there any claim that the vote total is affected by any imbalance. The total imbalance implicates at most 450 votes, i.e., 0.029% of the margin that separates President-Elect Biden from President Trump. The imbalance is also much smaller than it was in 2016. In that election, in which President Trump prevailed by 10,704 votes statewide, more than 58% of Detroit’s precincts had unexplained imbalances. This year, only 28% did. Certification was straightforward in 2016, just as it should be this year. The strength and dependability of our democracy does not depend on the identity of the prevailing candidates. 

In an effort to postpone the certification of the election results, the Republican Party now demands a pre-certification audit of Wayne County. The Board of State Canvassers, however, has no authority to order such an audit. Moreover, under state law, an audit will already occur—but its timing is tied to the completion of the Board’s work, such that any delay in the Board’s business will only serve to delay the audit. Mich. Comp. Laws s. 168.31a; see Michigan Post-Election Audit Manual. State law also provides that the audit “is not a recount and does not change any certified election results.” Mich.Comp.Laws s.168.31a (emphasis added).

The attempt to use an audit process to prevent certification of the election cannot be countenanced by this Board, lest it become an ingrained venue for post-election skirmishes. The administration of a democracy involving the participation of 5.5 million people is necessarily a complex undertaking; immaterial imperfections are studied and learned from, but they are not now and never have been a basis to cast aside the results of the election. Indeed, the post-2016 election audit in Detroit found that certain precincts were unbalanced because of human error; there was no evidence whatsoever of fraud. We are confident that this year’s audit will reveal the same.

Unlike the Republican Party, the Michigan Democratic Party is aware that there were other federal and state offices on the ballot as well. In some races, our party prevailed. In others, we did not. Those matters were decided at the polls, and we wish all of those chosen by Michiganders well. The certification process must not be manipulated to serve as some sort of retroactive referendum on the expressed will of the voters. That is simply not how democracy works.  

As a Michigander, a voter, and the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, I ask only what the people of Michigan deserve. The Board should follow state law and certify the clear results of the 2020 election so that the officials elected by the people of this state may get to work on the many challenges that await them.  

Sincerely,

Lavora Barnes
Chair, Michigan Democratic Party

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