Outgoing President Donald Trump’s blockade of the transition process ended two weeks ago this Saturday without achieving its objective, and with the president engaged in that strategy despite the minimal possibilities of reversing the election result.
One day after suffering two important setbacks in his plan to challenge the votes at the polls, Trump again denounced on Twitter an electoral fraud of which there is no proof and he tiptoed through the last G20 summit of his term, to which he connected briefly by telematic means before escaping to play golf.
“A very important piece of information about electoral fraud is going to come out about Georgia, so stay tuned,” Trump wrote this Saturday on Twitter.
TWO WEEKS OF COMPLAINTS WITHOUT PROOF OR RESULTS
The message was very similar to the one he and his team have been repeating since last November 7, when mainstream media projections confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 election.
All of that speech has come up against a reality that does not conform to the fanciful vision of the president and his allies about an alleged major electoral fraud, which considers millions of votes cast in predominantly Democratic cities as illegal without any evidence.
Specifically, the president’s tweet on Saturday contrasted with the reality that the key state of Georgia already certified Biden’s victory on Friday, thus ensuring the 16 votes in the Electoral College for that jurisdiction.
It was the state’s own authorities, who belong to the same party as Trump, who gave the go-ahead to the election result, after denouncing pressure from the president’s allies such as conservative Senator Lindsey Graham.
A FAILED PLOY IN MICHIGAN
In addition to Georgia, the president received a setback Friday in his attempt to reverse the result in Michigan, where he apparently wanted to get the cooperation of Republicans in that state to intervene and grant him delegates from their territory to the Electoral College.
Trump invited two Republican leaders from Michigan’s state Congress to the White House on Friday, but they said after the meeting that they had no information that could change the outcome of the election in their state.
Although that practically closes the door to any change in Michigan, where Biden won by a wide margin of some 157,000 votes, Trump’s allies have not given up completely, and this Saturday they made a final attempt in a letter sent by the state Republican Party and the national secretariat of the formation (RNC).
Both entities wrote to the Michigan State Election Board, which is scheduled to meet Monday to certify Biden’s victory, and asked them to take a 14-day recess to allow an audit of the results in the state’s largest county, where Detroit is located.
Michigan authorities have already warned that state law does not allow them to do that audit, but the manoeuvre closes a week of strong tension in the county where Detroit is located, whose Republican proxies were accused of trying to suppress the vote of the city’s black majority.
As in Pennsylvania, Arizona and other key states, Trump’s overall strategy in those territories has generated a lot of noise but has not resulted in any significant progress toward the President’s goals.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
Without turning the tables in multiple states, which is extremely unlikely, Trump will not be able to prevent Biden from taking power on January 20, and the lines to achieve this are being closed with each passing day.
Trump’s team only has until December 8 to develop its legal strategy, because by that day all states should have resolved any disputes and the governor of each territory must send the certified results to Congress.
What is having a real practical impact on the transition is the refusal of the General Services Administration (GSA), a federal agency, to certify Biden’s victory, because, without that process, the president-elect does not have access to key resources to prepare for governing.
Biden has warned that this delay could lead to “more people” in the country dying from the coronavirus because he does not have access to the Trump Administration’s plans for distributing the vaccine, which could lead to delays in implementing those plans once he takes office on January 20.
In addition, the lack of certification prevents Biden from having access to intelligence information and getting the FBI to start background checks on the people he wants in his cabinet, something that would speed things up for him to start governing from day one.
However, the head of the GSA, Emily Murphy, is reluctant to certify him as a winner because “she doesn’t want to be disloyal to the administration that hired her,” according to a government source quoted Friday by The Washington Post.