MI legislative leaders invited to White House by President Trump

Henrietta Brewer
November 20, 2020

Two prominent Republican senators on Thursday ripped President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election in MI, with one going so far as to call the President's strategy "undemocratic".

Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield.

Trump's allies have homed in on the way that the president's early lead in MI and some other states on Election Night slipped away as later votes came, casting it as evidence of something nefarious.

Joe Biden has won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, an extraordinary victory for Democrats who pushed to expand their electoral map through the Sun Belt.

In Georgia, where officials have been auditing the results of the presidential race, Trump has repeatedly attacked the process and called it "a joke". The electors will convene as a so-called "Electoral College" on December 14 to formally select the next president, who will take office on January 20. "It's going to take a little bit of time to turn away from what has been an inconsistent, incoherent personality-driven foreign policy". Despite his apparent victory by substantial margins, Biden and his team have been unable to meet with incumbent administration officials and discuss classified information that would aid several incoming priorities, most pressingly the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

With Trump dug in and Republicans on Capitol Hill largely unwilling to challenge him, Biden has been forced to turn to a diverse collection of outside allies to ratchet up the pressure on Trump to concede.

Trump's campaign dropped a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging the election results in MI, citing the Wayne County officials' affidavits.

The second argument that could prevail in today's federal courts relies on a version of the unitary executive theory beloved by many conservatives and accepted by many more judges now that Trump has appointed some 200 of them to the federal bench.

"I hope we haven't created a system at WEC that entices people to request a ballot that actually isn't in keeping with the law", he said.

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published this week suggested the Trump campaign had succeeded in stirring doubt - however unfounded - about the presidential election.

Trump faces an uphill fight. Then, on Wednesday, Palmer and Hartmann signed affidavits saying they believe the vote should not be certified.

Legislators in MI and Pennsylvania have sought not to become involved.

The Board of State Canvassers, charged with certifying statewide results by December 13, is set to meet Monday, Nov. 23.

The disputes at the commission had echoes of what happened in MI on Tuesday.

The county canvassers later voted again and certified the results, 4-0.

In Arizona, the Republican Party is pressuring county officials to delay certifying results.

Palmer told Reuters in a text yesterday that Trump called her after she voted to certify the results.

'What the president's doing now is really it's going to, ' he said, his voice trailing off. Trump carried three of these four counties.

U.S. media say the president may try to use Republican lawmakers in states he needs to flip - Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania for example - to target the electoral college system. "Their job is done", she said. He called it 'another incident where he will go down in history as one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history'.

Board Chair Ann Jacobs, a Democrat, said Trump's allegation that election clerks mailed thousands of absentee ballots to voters who hadn't requested them was "absurd", "factually bizarre" and a "vague, paranoid conspiracy".

What could this Trump strategy be?

'I just - It's hard to fathom how this man thinks, ' Biden said. Trump, the person said, "didn't like the results and he put a guy in he knows and trusts, emulates his style".

Election officials and experts believe the Trump campaign has little chance of success.

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