Trump Continues His Election Fight

By Claire Hardwick

The Trump base was confident President Trump would easily win his reelection for the 2020 race. In fact, if you asked many Trump supporters, they saw him winning almost every state. The so called “silent majority” was untraceable until the numbers started to roll in. 

But on election night, everything changed. As this year has had an unprecedented number of mail in and absentee ballots due to the coronavirus, political operators expected the late results. But for many Trump supporters, the inability to call a clear winner on November 3rd provided an opening to make excuses for his loss, and the person leading the charge is the current president. 

President Trump has said there was widespread fraud throughout multiple states and counties in order to steal the election from him. While his campaign has filed in key states he was sure he would win, the evidence provided has not been held up in court. And for Trump, he is slowly understanding how the election process works, and just how much his power is limited. 

After attacking Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp for what he has deemed failure to act on President Trump’s behalf. Over the weekend, Trump called Kemp “hapless” for his failure to use “emergency powers that would help Trump’s campaigns efforts to win the state. Trump endorsed Kemp for his election just two years ago, and now is regretting his endorsement. 

Trump said in a tweet, “Why won’t Governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes. It will be a ‘goldmine’ of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state.”

A spokesperson for Kemp replied to Trump’s most recent attack, “As the governor has said repeatedly, he will continue to follow the law and encourage the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps – including a sample audit of signatures – to restore trust and address serious issues that have been raised,”

President Trump is making sure to communicate his emotions about the election loss as a worthy cause, stating that he is fighting for those who voted for him. Trump said, “I’m not fighting for me, I’m fighting for the 74,000,000 million people (not including the many Trump ballots that were ‘tossed’), a record for a sitting President, who voted for me!”

But Trump’s recount efforts are slowly eroding away, and the electoral college is still planning to formally cast their votes for Biden on December 14th. In Wisconsin, a recent that cost $3 million actually gave more votes for Joe Biden. 

Republican lawmakers, however, have said they have to choose country over party, and that the integrity and trust of the electoral process is more important than President Trump’s disfavor.