The sitting president has reached a critical point where one of two political Hail Mary attempts will be launched shortly. His lawyers could file a case challenging the entire election under one large umbrella, or on a targeted basis involving a few states and/or regions.
There were 63 faithless electors in 1872 due to Liberal Republican/Democrat presidential candidate Horace Greeley’s death. In 1832, all 30 electors from Pennsylvania cast vice-presidential votes for Democratic House Representative William Wilkins rather than party candidate Martin Van Burden.
And 18 electors refused to vote for Federalist presidential candidate John Adams’ running mate, Thomas Pinckney, in 1796. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads Trump 306-232 in the electoral college.
If the same number of faithless electors from 2016 occurred this year and voted for Trump, it wouldn’t prevent a Biden victory. This is something Washington Post columnist and TV host Feared Bavaria mentioned back in September.
“But those are laws,” Bavaria correctly noted, “not a constitutional obligation.” He illustrates a hypothetical scenario where Trump is ahead on Nov. 3 but Biden catches up. With confusion in the air, state legislatures “decide to choose the electors themselves,” and that’s when things start getting interesting.
“Congressional Republicans could decide that disputed states should simply not be counted,” Bavaria noted. “The system of electing the president is complicated because it was not designed to be directly democratic,” noted Bavaria.
Michael Tube, a Troy Media syndicated columnist and Washington Times contributor, was a speechwriter for former prime minister Stephen Harper. He holds a master’s degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics.
By Reid J. Epstein Five days after television networks and other major news organizations called the presidential election for Joe Biden, President Donald Trump continues to maintain that he “will win.” The New York Times and other news media outlets have not anointed Biden the winner of the presidential election but have just done the math: The former vice president has won enough states by enough votes that Trump cannot overcome those deficits through legal challenges or recounts.
Each day that passes without Trump providing a court evidence of voting fraud makes his legal odds longer, Democratic and Republican lawyers said. “The path for him winning is being able to back up his rhetoric and find sufficient fraud and irregularities in enough individual states to overturn their results,” said Ben Ginsberg, a Republican lawyer who worked for Bush in the 2000 election, and who retired this year and turned against Trump.
Peach day that passes without Trump providing a court evidence of voting fraud makes his legal odds longer, Democratic and Republican lawyers said. To base this decision on network vote totals and projections and to call Biden the president-elect is irresponsible.
The networks currently give Trump 214 electorate voters (270 is the victory level). Trump has likewise led in North Carolina (15 votes) all week and his margin of 75,000 has not diminished.
Like Alaska, the media will not call it for Trump to promote the illusion of a Biden victory. Is fully counted, it will go through a recount subject to the pro- Trump bias identified in point 2.
Like Arizona, Trump may still win the count and, if not, would have a very good chance of prevailing in the recount. Given the facts enumerated earlier, there is a very good chance Trump will carry Wisconsin.
The number of late arriving ballots likely far exceeds this total (the state has not published this information). Justice Alioth and a Court majority may throw out the late ballots, likely delivering the state to Trump.
Additionally, for the reasons stated above, a recanvass is likely to give Trump a decisive advantage. And remember, four Justices wanted to reconsider whether to allow late ballots entirely but the high court deadlocked 4-4.
Now with Justice Barrett in the mix it may take a different view, particularly IFF the presidency hangs in the balance. The Pennsylvania State Legislature, solidly in Republican hands (both houses) may choose to demand a recount before appointing electors.
Already, the leader of the State Senate in Pennsylvania and the Speaker of the State Assembly have held a press conference announcing their intention to “audit” the vote counting process. ET, January 7, 2021, President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office while arriving back at the White House in Washington, DC, on December 31, 2020.
Following a formal affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, President Trump said the decision “represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history.” “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again,” Trump said while repeating false claims about the election that incited a mob to storm the Capitol.
Senate Chaplain Barry Black delivered a powerful prayer just moments after Congress had affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, condemning the “desecration” of the Capitol building and reminding lawmakers of the weight of their words and actions. “We deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol Building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life, and the quagmire of dysfunction that threaten our democracy,” he said.
“These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue,” he continued. “Lord of our lives and sovereign of our beloved nation, we deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life, and the quagmire of dysfunction that threaten our democracy. These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue.
We have been warned that eternal vigilance continues to be freedom's price. Lord, you have helped us remember that we need to see in each other a common humanity that reflects your image. You have strengthened our resolve to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies domestic as well as foreign. Use us to bring healing and unity to our hurting and divided nation and world. Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to do your will and guide our feet on the path of peace.
Congress has just affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump. The counting of Vermont's three electoral votes put Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris over the 270-threshold needed to win the presidency.
Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the count conducted by a joint session of Congress, announced that Biden had won the Electoral College vote after the House and Senate easily defeated Republican objections lodged against the votes sent by two states, Arizona and Pennsylvania. “The announcement of the state of the vote by the President of the Senate shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice President of the United States, each for the term beginning on the 20th day of January 2021 and shall be entered together with the list of the votes on the journals of the Senate and the House of Representatives,” Pence said following the count of all the state's Electoral College votes.
The certification comes after pro- Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol earlier Wednesday. The joint session of Congress, which is normally a ceremonial step, was halted for several hours when rioters breached the Capitol.
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that an objection to Arizona's electoral votes did not reach debate. ET, January 7, 2021, Congress has reconvened in a joint session to continue to count electoral votes after the Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Pennsylvania's votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
ET, January 7, 2021, The House just wrapped up its debate over an objection on Pennsylvania's electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden. It began when Rep. Morgan Griffith, a Republican from Virginia, objected to what Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Conor Lamb said during the Pennsylvania Electoral College challenge debate.
Rep. Al Lawson of Florida, Jamie Rankin of Maryland, and a senior Democratic staffer helped break up the confrontation. According to CNN's Kristin Wilson, who was in the room, the situation diffused fairly quickly but tensions were high.
It's a plaque dedicated to the honorary first defenders from Allentown, Pennsylvania, in Redding, Pennsylvania ... who went to the Capitol, at the call of Abraham Lincoln, to defend the Capitol during the Civil War. The race to the White House has been one of the most dramatic in recent history, with record turnouts and allegations of widespread electoral fraud.
Joe Biden may have emerged victorious, backed by more than 77 million Americans, but doubts have been cast over the US election results by America's Republicans. Due to the unusual circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has refused to concede defeat and has instead launched legal appeals to have the mail-in votes recounted or overturned, believing they were fraudulent.
Mr Trump, however, alleges he has won the election, despite not offering any concrete evidence to back his claims. Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, came out in support of Mr Trump, offering £760,000 ($1million) to anyone with credible evidence of voter fraud.
“For example, it is no coincidence that 45 days before the 45th President of the United States attempted to be reelected Supreme Court Justice Ruth Baker Ginsberg suddenly died thus providing President Trump the opportunity to install a conservative justice, Amy Coney Barrett to fill the liberal judges place days before the election. “This intervention neutralizes the conservative-leaning and wild-card Justice John Roberts from siding with the liberals and thus guarantees a normal, literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of the Constitution by a majority of the judges if the election results were to be determined by the highest court.