President Donald Trump (Evan Vucci/AP)
By BRIAN NIEMIETZ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
NOV 06, 2020 AT 7:53 PM
In case it isn’t clear, President Trump has no intentions or leaving office with his dignity intact.
CNN reports that the president, who currently trails Democrat Joe Biden in electoral votes, has told insiders that he has no plan to concede the election.
The president spent months leading up to the election complaining he would be somehow cheated, just as he did in 2016, when he lost by nearly 3-million votes, but was awarded the presidency by the Electoral College.
In the 2020 race — with a pandemic raging out of control — the president had insisted for months that mail-in voting is rife with fraud, despite there being no evidence to support that claim. Since Election Day, his supporters have protested to stop the ballot count in some states and continue it in others.
With the ballot count winding down, the Republican president continues to post numerous tweets complaining he’s been wronged by the media and a corrupt voting process. Twitter has since flagged many of his rants for containing potentially misleading and false information.
According to CNN, it’s unclear who in the President’s inner-circle would break the news to him that he can’t win, as that scenario becomes more realistic. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has continued insisting to Trump he can still pull out a victory, the report claimed.
The president’s allies may soon face what CNN called an “intervention” where perhaps the president’s daughter Ivanka or her husband Jared Kushner would have a heart-to-heart with the commander-in-chief to convince him it’s time to return to civilian life.
“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by,” Trump posted on social media. “Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!”
Trump’s erroneous claims about the integrity of the election challenged Republicans now faced with the choice of whether to break with a president who, though his grip on his office grew tenuous, commanded sky-high approval ratings from rank-and-file members of the GOP. That was especially true for those who are eyeing presidential runs of their own in 2024.
With News Wire Services