TRUMP TO STICK LIKE A LEECH TO THE WHITE HOUSE
With mounting desperation, Donald Trump declared he would “fight like hell” to hold on to the presidency and appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his election loss to Joe Biden when they convene this week to confirm the Electoral College vote, Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Kevin Freking reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Electoral voters won by President-elect Biden are “not gonna take this White House!” he shouted as supporters cheered at an outdoor rally Monday night in Georgia. Trump’s announced purpose for the trip was to boost Republican Senate candidates in Tuesday’s runoff election, but he spent much of his speech complaining bitterly about his election loss — which he insists he won “by a lot.”
Critics said Trump speaks as if he has a franchise on the presidency and is actually the one stealing the victory from Biden, who bested Trump by nearly 8 million votes. All 10 living former defense secretaries wrote in an op-ed that “the time for questioning the results has passed.”
Earlier, in Washington, he pressed Republican lawmakers to formally object Wednesday at a joint session of Congress that is to confirm Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, itself a confirmation of Biden’s nationwide victory Nov. 3.
Trump’s attempt to overturn the presidential election is splitting the Republican Party.
Some GOP lawmakers backing him are rushing ahead, despite an outpouring of condemnation from current and former party officials warning the effort is undermining Americans’ faith in democracy. All 10 living former defense secretaries wrote in an op-ed that “the time for questioning the results has passed.”
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