According to reports from Axios and Fox News, President Donald Trump is heading back on the road. The president will hold a “series of Trump rallies” in the coming weeks to drum up support for his “ongoing litigation” against the election results in several prominent swing states.
“Along with the rallies, Trump is also planning to use obituaries of people who allegedly voted but are actually dead as evidence of the voter fraud he’s been claiming,” reports Fox News. “The campaign is also sending recount teams Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., heading up the effort in the Peach State.”
This “ongoing litigation,” as they’re calling it, is going to be extremely expensive; just the step of requesting recounts in thin-margin states will have to be paid for by the Trump campaign, which was said to be running out of cash in the final days of the race. This creates a need for raising money, which is undoubtedly part of the plan when it comes to holding these rallies. To adequately challenge the lay of the land in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and other states, Trump will need a massive war chest. Lawyers ain’t cheap.
“GOP leaders and confidants of President Trump tell Axios his legal fight to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — which they admit is likely doomed — could last a month or more, possibly pushing the 2020 political wars toward Christmastime,” reports Axios. “Most top Republicans have followed Trump’s orders not to accept the Biden victory, and to allow all legal options to be exhausted. That could mean weeks of drama — and, more importantly, distractions from the vital work of transitioning government for a change of power.”
Trump himself has been relentlessly defiant since Election Night, and the major news media choosing to name Biden the winner on Saturday did nothing to change that stance.
On Sunday, Trump quoted George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley, who said on Fox News that evidence of voter fraud could take some time to discover.
“We should look at the votes. We’re just beginning the tabulation stage,” Turley said. “We should look at these allegations. We’re seeing a number of affidavits that there has been voter fraud. We have a history in this country of election problems. If there’s a problem in the system about authentication, that would seriously affect the ENTIRE ELECTION – And what concerns me is that we had over a hundred million mail-in ballot in cities like Philadelphia… and Detroit with a long series of election problems (to put it mildly).”
Trump also pointed out that Democrats didn’t care too much about “moving on” after the 2016 election. He retweeted conservative writer Byron York, who wrote: “Some Democrats, media allies are angry that Trump accuses Biden of cheating. But they shouldn’t be surprised. After all, they said same thing in 2016. Then they weaponized baseless cheating allegation–Collusion!–into long criminal investigation.”
Unless they want Biden’s presidency to be besieged with similar investigations, they should stand aside and allow these legal challenges to play out. If Biden won fair and square, let’s find out.