President Donald Trump still insists that he’s going to win a second term even though he lost the 2020 election handily to President-elect Joe Biden.
However, the Wall Street Journal reports that even some loyalists to the president now see his attempts to overturn the 2020 election as doomed to fail.
“There was this period of hope that there’s fraud,” one Trump campaign aide explained to WSJ. “And then it was, ‘Is there really enough fraud?’ It’s starting to get a little embarrassing.”
The Journal’s sources also describe how Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani forcefully took over efforts to lead the fight against the election results by accusing the president’s advisers of lying to him about having little chance of overturning the outcome.
“He was the only person telling the president he could win,” one Trump campaign source tells the paper.
However, Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller defended Giuliani’s work and told the Journal that the former New York mayor was “the Eliot Ness of his generation” who would be able to uncover a purportedly vast Democratic voter fraud conspiracy.
Mike DuHaime, a longtime GOP strategist, told WSJ that it’s time for the Trump campaign to stop playing games and accept that Trump won’t be president after January 20th.
“Donald Trump lost,” he said. “We shouldn’t be telling people it was fraud when it wasn’t.”
Trump sulking in private as he watches his legal team implode: report
President Donald J. Trump has publicly praised his legal team’s efforts since the election didn't result in a win for the Trump campaign, but is privately "frustrated with the slapdash nature of his election defense fight," several people familiar with the discussions told NBC News Monday.
According to the report, Trump has been "complaining to aides and allies about his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and recently-removed lawyer Sidney Powell’s over-the-top performances at a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters last week. Both Giuliani and Powell have continued to make conspiratorial and baseless claims about widespread voter fraud, for which they have provided no evidence."
Michigan GOP chair tells elections board not to certify results because Republicans were ‘disrespected’
Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on Monday asked the Board of State Canvassers not to certify the 2020 election results as scheduled because Republicans were "disrespected.".
Cox appeared as a witness as the board was considering whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win in the state. Under state law, the board must certify the results before the close of Monday's meeting.
"I'm asking you to delay certification," Cox told the board's four members. "There are too many questions that need to be answered regarding this election, too many numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities. We need to remove the distrust and the sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters."
If the GOP thinks Trump is ushering in a crisis — why did they support him for the last year?: Bulwark editor
Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein revealed that there are 21 Republicans too scared to reveal they think President Donald Trump should have reached the end of his options to fight the 2020 election. Still, most of them aren't speaking out publicly and they spent the past year enabling Trump, knowing full well that this is who he is.
Writing for the Bulwark on Monday, Jonathan V. Last cited editors of the National Review who are calling Trump's behavior “disgraceful” and “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.”