Ever since November 3rd, President Donald Trump has refused to concede defeat to President-elect, Joe Biden, and has instead allocated all of his resources to try and overturn the election. Unfortunately for Trump, almost none of his numerous legal battles have gone his way, and the most recent altercations show that almost none of the courts are on his side. Not to mention, several former Trump allies have denounced his contesting of the election results, many of whom were key players in getting Trump elected to office to begin with; The end truly is nigh for the Trump presidency.
Former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, is Donald Trump’s personal attorney, and has acted on his behalf to represent his interests at several election hearings in swing states. At such hearings, Giuliani has attempted to claim that Trump’s leads on November 3rd quickly diminished in the early hours on November 4th, when Biden suddenly spiked in the numbers. Trump’s legal team believes that this is due to a lack of signature verification, falsification of ballots, all being able to be accomplished by locking poll watchers out of rooms. Furthermore, the legal team claims that “Smartmatic” and “Dominion” voting machines not only spontaneously switched Biden votes to Trump, but that this has occurred ever since the machines began being widely used in 2008.
Another attorney leading the charge for Trump is former Prosecutor Sidney Powell, who, while working independently of the Trump administration, has filed lawsuits in several swing states, but has since failed to secure any substantive victories for Trump. Powell’s credibility has largely been questioned, given that she has advocated the rhetoric of far-right conspiracy theories such as “QAnon.” Several courts have called for her right to practice law to be revoked due abuse of power.
Almost all of the lawsuits filed on behalf of Trump have been overturned; Trump’s initial plan was to convince state legislatures to vote to stop the certification of delegates for Biden, but this failed. GOP Governors of states that went for Biden such as Doug Ducey and Brian Kemp have condemned Trump’s baseless attacks, and have refused to support his efforts. Following these failures, Trump hoped that the US Supreme Court, which now has a 6-3 majority in favor of Conservatives due to the confirmation of Amy Coney Barett in October, would rule to invalidate all mail-in ballots, many of which secured victory for Biden. When the state of Texas sued several swing states which went for Biden, claiming that their electoral process was “unconstitutional”, the Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit, shocking an anxious nation which believed the Supreme Court was the, so to speak, “Trump card” for the president.
While Trump has not ceased his legal battles, the chances of his success are highly unlikely, given that we lie only a month out from inauguration day, and the Electoral College has officially cast over 270 electors for Joe Biden. Although Congress does have to convene on January 5th to accept the vote total, any surprises are unlikely due to the Democrat controlled House of Representatives, and the Senate consisting of several Republicans who denounce Trump’s baseless legal efforts. Although Trump’s attempts to sue his way back to office have failed, this sets in stone the possibility for future presidential candidates to refuse concession, and attack the electoral process. Once again, Donald Trump has made significant changes to politics as we know it, and has changed what is considered acceptable rhetoric for politicians at the national level.