But others defended Mr. Parscale’s early spending, who, among other things, focused on increasing the presidential turnout rate with Latino voters, who eventually became an important part of his support in Florida.
On Wednesday, the president’s family was heavily involved in efforts to question the validity of the ballots. Mr. Trump joked during a protest that if he lost, he would never speak to any of his grown children again.
Mr. Kushner is making calls, looking for what he describes as a “James Baker-like” character who could lead a legal effort to dispute statements in different states, according to one person. briefly talk about discussions. (Mr. Baker led the successful recount of George W. Bush in 2000.) The president̵7;s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is working outside of campaign headquarters in Virginia. Another son, Eric Trump, whose wife is Lara, has been heavily involved in election activities, spoke at a press conference in Philadelphia, along with former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
“They don’t let polls follow the polls,” said Eric Trump clearly angrily, in a disproportionate attempt to raise suspicion that the vote count was still taking place in Pennsylvania. Mr. Giuliani, the president’s private attorney, also unfoundedly asserted that Pennsylvania elections were being stolen. He also came up with the idea of a “national lawsuit” over the fraud allegations, but it’s unclear what that means.
For all the president’s superstitions, and his efforts to surround himself with the team that won him four years ago, he finds himself in a much weaker position this time. In the final weeks leading up to Election Day, Mr. Kushner rallied a handful of people involved in Mr. Trump’s first campaign, including former White House deputy chief of staff, Katie Walsh, to work with Mr. Miller and others about the last weeks of spending on television.
But by Wednesday, some White House officials and outside advisers said they were hoping, but not particularly optimistic, that Mr. Trump’s legal challenges in some states could change the trajectory. of the race. The president himself tweeted a hint that “a large number of ballots were secretly dumped” cost him Michigan, a message Twitter quickly labeled misleading.