While Georgia formally licensed Biden because the winner on Friday after its Republican Secretary of State withstood stress from Trump and his acolytes to invalidate numerous ballots, GOP lawmakers in Michigan stated after a gathering with the lame duck President that that they had no data “that might change the end result of the election” while pledging they will follow the law and the normal process of awarding the state’s electors to the candidate who won the popular vote.
Biden leads Trump by 150,000 votes in Michigan (15x times the 10,000 margin that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by in 2016), and poll analysts do not see a small number of defective or invalidated votes overturning the result. A recount in Georgia illustrated this after state officials rejected Trump campaign’s implicit effort to throw out votes from black majority Atlanta, a tactic they are also trying out in Detroit, Michigan.
“I consider that the numbers that we’ve got introduced at this time are appropriate. The numbers replicate the need of the folks,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, said of the result, adding, “Working as an engineer all through my life, I dwell by the motto that numbers do not lie.”
Hours later, Trump tweeted, “Big voter fraud data popping out regarding Georgia. Stay tuned!”
Big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1605967119000
And from Michigan lawmakers who were summoned to the White House came this: “Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation. Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated, and if proven, prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan’s electoral votes. These are simple truths that should provide confidence in our elections.”
The twin setbacks for a beleaguered Trump came even as his attorneys continued to whip up conspiracy theories, invoking interference by foreign countries and domestic operatives, for which they have not produced evidence or been able to prove in courts. Earlier this week, Trump fired an official from his own administration who had debunked election misinformation, most of which came from Trump and the White House.
The election result now appears so foregone that Twitter said on Friday that it would transfer the @Potus account to Joe Biden at noon on January 20 even if Trump does not concede the election. “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” a company spokesman told Politico. “As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”
Trump will however retain his personal account @realDonaldTrump, which has been flagged several times for posting false information about the elections.
Historians though are grappling with the one scenario that the country’s Founding Fathers had not visualized: What happens if Trump simply does not relinquish the Presidency? While the Biden Campaign has said “the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” and former President Barack Obama joked in a late evening present about Navy Seals stepping into to evict Trump from the White House, the US nationwide safety institution and the navy has up to now steered away from any trace of interference ought to the President resolve to dig in.