Joe Biden says Donald Trump's refusal to start transition is ILLEGAL

Elias Hubbard
November 21, 2020

The audit, launched after unofficial results showed President-elect Joe Biden leading Trump by about 14,000 votes, ended with Biden winning by 12,284 votes, according to data from Raffensperger's office - marking the first time a Democrat has flipped Georgia blue since 1992.

The US is a democratic republic, and the president does not win by popular vote, but instead needs a majority of "electors" each state is designated according to its congressional representation.

Should legislators appoint electors pledged to Mr. Trump in states Mr. Biden won, it's possible that two sets of electors from one state will meet on December 14 and cast competing ballots - one for Mr. Trump and one for Mr. Biden.

Insisting against all odds that a path to victory remains viable, Trump was meeting Friday with MI lawmakers in a bid to pressure districts in key states to overturn the voters' will.

After casting doubts on the validity of votes, Trump is putting direct pressure on local Republican officials not to certify the results that show Biden as the victor, while asking the state's GOP lawmakers to award all electoral votes to him.

Such an extraordinary event would be unprecedented in modern US history. A joint session of Congress then meets on January 6 to count the electoral votes from each state and formally declare a victor.

Republican legislative leaders from MI are scheduled to visit the White House on Friday at Trump's request, a source in MI said, adding the lawmakers planned to hear what the president had to say.

The two lawmakers will listen to what the president has to say, the source said.

What would happen if Congress were to receive two slates of electors from a state?

There are two Republicans and two Democrats on the MI canvassing board. "This is an embarrassment to the state". And if the House and Senate can't agree, the set of electors certified by the state's governor would be counted by Congress.

Mr. Biden won by a comfortable 306-232 margin in Electoral College votes.

But logic dictates that his days in the White House are numbered, with battleground states that sealed President-elect Biden's November 3 win rapidly approaching deadlines to certify their election results.

Trump now wants to get even and said he is looking to get back at the Democratic Party for championing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties, CNN reported, citing the source. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) or any other Republican politician who attempts to sway election officials or otherwise undermine free and fair elections.

That's why Sen. Bernie Sanders, who appealed to the same working-class constituency that Trump captured, was never going to be allowed to become the party's candidate.

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, one of Trump's most vocal Republican critics, accused Trump of resorting to "overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election". Romney added: "It is hard to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President".

Trump fired back at Romney Friday morning, writing on Twitter that the senator is a "RINO", Republican in name only, and saying, "I'm sure, however, that he feels he got slaughtering by Obama "fair and square". The state is expected to certify Biden's victory on Friday.

He said the numbers "reflect the verdict of the people".

Trump's effort to set aside the MI vote was sure to fail.

"That press conference was the most unsafe 1hr 45 minutes of television in American history", tweeted Christopher Krebs, who headed up the USA government's efforts to combat election disinformation until he was sacked by Trump earlier this week.

On Thursday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson lambasted Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell for claiming without evidence that glitches in electronic voting machines had improperly favored Biden.

Chatfield tweeted Friday afternoon before the planned meeting with Trump: "No matter the party, when you have an opportunity to meet with the President of the United States, of course you take it". Visit tgam.ca/climate-live for the full conversation. Sarah Petrevan from Clean Energy Canada and The Globe's Adam Radwanski discuss the global implications.

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