Trump continues to speak of “massive electoral fraud” and defends himself against his defeat. But in Michigan, even his party friends have turned him off.
WASHINGTON dpa | Acting US President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have suffered further setbacks in their efforts to challenge or overturn the election results. Republican MPs and Senators from the state of Michigan invited by Trump to the White House spoke out against attempts to use legal tricks to alter the election results. In the state of Georgia, a judge dismissed a Republican attorney’s lawsuit, which, among other things, aimed to stop the certification of the election result.
Commenting on the stance of Michigan top Republicans, Trump commented on Twitter on Saturday as follows: “Massive electoral fraud will come to light.” Trump has so far provided no solid evidence to support his claim that the November 3rd election was believed to have been fraudulent. For this reason, courts have already dismissed several lawsuits by Trump and his allies. According to the news channel CNN, 28 complaints have already failed.
Michigan top Republicans said after meeting Trump on Friday that they had no information yet that could change the election result. They would therefore “follow the law and normal process” in appointing the state’s electorate, said Senate and Chamber of Representatives Majority Leaders Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield. “And the candidates who win the most votes win the election and the votes of the electorate,” they said.
Democrat Joe Biden won the Michigan election by a large margin. Trump’s unusual meeting with the Republicans had fueled fears that he would press them to change the outcome of the normally more formal steps of notarization. US media quoted lawyers as saying that such a move would never have stood up in court, even with the consent of local Republicans.
Biden electoral victory confirmed in Georgia
In Georgia, meanwhile, a court rejected the application of a conservative attorney who wanted to stop the certification of the election results with an injunction. The court also dismissed an attack by the plaintiff on postal votes. Such an injunction would “create confusion, undermine public confidence in the election and potentially exclude more than a million Georgia voters,” the verdict said on Friday (local time).
The narrow election victory of Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia has now been officially confirmed. The responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp certified the results on Friday afternoon. Biden won the votes of the state’s 16 electorate by a wafer-thin majority of 12,670 votes. Because of the tight result, the state had initiated a recount. As a result, Biden’s lead had shrunk, before he had been in the lead with around 14,000 votes. Trump has until Tuesday in Georgia to request another recount.
Biden (78) was declared the election winner by the US media on November 7th. However, Trump (74) refuses to admit defeat. Biden is due to be sworn in as the new president on January 20th.