Romney blasts ‘undemocratic’ Trump for pressuring Republicans to overturn election

Cheryl Sanders
November 21, 2020

Trump would have to get elected officials and institutions on board with his attempted coup in so many states -many of which have Democrats in key positions of power - to overturn the results as to make his attempts futile.

Trump's tweet links to a story by the Wayne Dupree Show, which recalled that in 2012, Trump tweeted about reports of voting machines "switching Romney votes to Obama", and urged voters to "pay close attention to the machines" to prevent suspected fraud.

Biden won MI by 155,000 votes, a margin more than 10 times higher than Trump's state victory in 2016.

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

Trump also reportedly invited Michigan Republican lawmakers to the White House, even as his campaign team withdrew a lawsuit that asked the courts to block final certification of the state's results, according to AFP.

Typically, a state certifies a Republican or Democratic slate of electors based on which candidate won the popular vote.

Biden gave brief remarks after he met virtually Thursday with a bipartisan team of governors, and complained about being shut out of the transition on a day when President Trump's lawyers revived their unsupported claims of "massive fraud" in the election.

It was up to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to select the race to be audited, and he said the presidential race made the most sense because of its significance and the tight margin separating the candidates.

One of the members told Reuters that Trump called her after she agreed to certify the results. In the meantime, court challenges and state recounts could occur.

Romney's statement was the most direct criticism of Trump's chaotic post-election strategy aimed at overturning President-elect Joe Biden's win of any Republican lawmaker to date. "I'm confident he knows he hasn't won, and is not going to win, and we're going to be sworn in on January 20".

By law, Georgia's results were supposed to be certified by 5 p.m. Friday. The Trump team's tactics of subverting the election results is being played out in disturbing detail in MI, where his lawyers are attempting to invalidate votes in Wayne County, which includes black-majority Detroit, and which went to Biden by more than 90 per cent.

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". For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered.

Despite the setbacks, the Trump campaign has not abandoned its legal efforts. Judges in three states delivered new legal setbacks to the campaign on Thursday, rejecting claims of improper vote counting.

"We are going to follow the law and follow the process", he told the paper.

Sasse said in his statement that he is telling his constituents to look at what the Trump legal team is arguing in court, not what they are saying in public. "This is not an advocacy meeting", she said, adding, "there will be no one from the campaign there".

That recount would be done using scanners that read and tally the votes and would be paid for by the counties, the secretary of state's office has said. It's an open attempt to intimidate election officials, it's absolutely appalling.

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

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