Michigan Lawmakers To Meet Trump Amid Efforts To Overturn Election Results
Nov 21 2020
Should legislators appoint electors pledged to Mr. Trump in states Mr. Biden won, it's possible that two sets of electors from one state will meet on December 14 and cast competing ballots - one for Mr. Trump and one for Mr. Biden.
Some Trump allies have expressed hope that state lawmakers could intervene in selecting Republican electors, as the president and his attorneys have pushed baseless allegations of fraud that have been repeatedly rejected in courtrooms across the country.
Such an extraordinary event would be unprecedented in modern US history.
The Trump campaign has tried to deny Biden victory and overturn vote counts with a string of lawsuits in several states.
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey will attend, a source familiar with the meeting said.
The outgoing president though has bunkered down in the mansion, and for almost two weeks has done something unimaginable one month ago: shunned the media.
In Arizona on Wednesday, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said she was receiving escalating threats of violence, as she blamed the president and members of Congress for spreading disinformation about the results. In the case of MI, it would be slate of electors certified by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat. "This is an embarrassment to the state". Trump, the so-called racist, won a larger share of non-white votes than any Republican candidate in six decades.
"Like other Republicans, I'm disappointed our candidate didn't win Georgia's electoral votes", he said.
But logic dictates that his days in the White House are numbered, with battleground states that sealed President-elect Biden's November 3 win rapidly approaching deadlines to certify their election results.
Asked when Trump would concede the election, McEnany said in Friday's briefing that Trump would wait for ongoing litigation to play out.
Friday's recount result dealt yet another blow to Trump's desperate bid to overturn the results of the election.
"Having failed to make even a plausible cause of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election", Romney wrote. "It is hard to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President", he said.
Other Republican senators including Ben Sasse and Joni Ernst called on Trump to offer proof.
Biden, who turned 78 on Friday, slammed Trump as "irresponsible" for the move which also alarmed some Republicans.
The state has until Friday to certify results that have been certified and submitted by the counties.
"The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state's office or courts, or of either campaigns", Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican and Trump supporter, told reporters.
Trump's effort to set aside the MI vote was sure to fail.
By now, what President Donald Trump is doing is so clear that pretty much every credible newspaper is calling it for what it is: an attempted coup. But such meetings are in fact rare, particularly as Trump has maintained a low profile since the election.