Trump’s Futile Fight To Overturn Election Loss Breeds Turmoil, Risk

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Michigan Lawmakers To Meet Trump Amid Efforts To Overturn Election Results

But he also invited top Republicans in Michigan’s House and Senate to the White House, days ahead of a looming deadline for the state to certify its election results.

Some Republicans wrote it off as yet another stunt in a presidency that has been defined by them. But others were concerned Trump would try to pressure state houses to throw out the popular vote results and award Electoral College votes through partisan votes.

Senator Mitt Romney said on Twitter that Trump was trying to «subvert the will of the people» to overturn the election. «It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president,» said Romney, who drew return fire from Trump on Twitter.

After meeting Trump, the Michigan state leaders said in a statement that they had «not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan» and that they would continue to follow the normal process for electoral votes.

Veteran Republican strategist Sean Walsh said it would be «the longest of long shots and the bankiest of bank shots» to try to get Michigan and enough other states to try to overturn results — a strategy that could spark «mini revolts» in states — and have the Supreme Court uphold such a move.

«The two unhappiest campers in the world have got to be the Senate and House Republican leaders from Michigan. They’re just put it an absolutely awful place,» said Walsh, who served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush White Houses.

This was a rigged election. No Republican Poll Watchers allowed, voting machine “glitches” all over the place (meaning they got caught cheating!), voting after election ended, and so much more! https://t.co/YDh7A7wxLW

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020

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«I think that we’re witnessing incredible irresponsibility, incredibly damaging messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions, and I think it is — well, I don’t know his motive, but I just think it’s totally irresponsible,» Biden said on Thursday.

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