The president seems to be trying to do the latter, using social media to raise suspicion of the electoral process rather than to prepare for a peaceful transition of power.
“Since when did Lamestream Media call our next president?” The president wrote on Twitter. “We all learned a lot in the past two weeks!”
Media companies have been predicting the expected winners in presidential races for decades, including after Trump̵7;s 2016 victory.
For the fifth day in a row, Twitter flagged some of Trump’s tweets as potential election misinformation when he made statements of the nature of vote fraud.
Murtaugh posted an image of the Trump campaign headquarters glued on what appeared to be a copy of the November 2000 front page of the Washington Times. The papers had the headlines “CHAIRMAN’S WINDOWS” and pictures of former vice-president Al Gore, who ultimately failed that election due to a lack of votes in Florida.
Murtaugh called it “a reminder that the media did not choose the President.” The Times reported in a post of its own that the image has been “modified” and that no such headline has been printed.
Murtaugh later deleted the tweet, which becomes the latest example of the Trump campaign’s failed attempt to call the electoral process problematic. In another case, Trump’s private lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani called on his Twitter followers to help him explain the alleged voting irregularities in Pennsylvania.
“Please tweet me your speculation, while I prove it in court,” he wrote in a tweet flagged as “disputed” by Twitter.
Meanwhile, Biden continued to move forward with his transition – launching a website and social media account for his 46th presidency and receiving a congratulatory call from former President George W. Bush. .
Trump’s anti-election instinct was motivated by his grown sons and Giuliani, according to some advisers, like others, told on condition of anonymity to discuss discussions. internal.
Emotions are more mixed elsewhere in the presidential trajectory about whether he should continue to fight or move on, even if much of the world and the country seem to be doing it.
Several of the Trump campaign senior aides met at the Arlington headquarters on Saturday to discuss the options. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has been regularly at headquarters in recent days, has encouraged the president to pursue every legal measure he takes to contest the outcome in several states revolving where Biden officials have been declared victory or are leading.
Former White House adviser and 2016 campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was one of the advisors that encouraged the president to accept defeat and preserve his political brand as a king of the Communist Party. Air, the officials said.
The advisers included Ronna McDaniel, the head of the Republican National Committee, who is publicly fighting on behalf of the president but has admitted to others that the fight can’t go on for too long, according to the three. have knowledge of this matter.
Others say the president himself may realize that he has limited options to turn things around and will soon accept reality.
“I think he knows where things are headed in his heart, but I think he also thinks America – and especially his people – love,” said a senior government official. a warrior, ”said a senior government official.
The official said Trump’s allies had complained about the president’s lack of discipline and some of his supporters after the election. Trump has called for the tally to stop in some states where his position is weakening while also celebrating the counting of the votes taking place in the states in which he is winning positions. He and Giuliani have promised to have evidence of a major scam soon but have yet to come up with it.
Giuliani was largely seen as a gull during the campaign and the White House, officials say. A widely circulated press conference he held on Saturday in front of a Philadelphia landscape company was described by one official as “a special Rudy man.” However, Trump has continued to keep in touch with Giuliani.
At one point, Trump’s campaign adviser Jason Miller asked delegates to stay away from television, amid confusion as to what the message would be like when Biden approached and then assured 270 Electoral College votes needed to declare presidency.
Trump has told others he will never admit he lost the race, according to two officials saying the president doesn’t believe Biden has won.
Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of Trump and the chief executive of conservative Newsmax Media, said that the president should try to make concessions until the results are certified.
“It doesn’t take long. There is time to give this exact thing. Why not use it? ”He said, claiming that Democrats’ strong performance with mail-in ballots puts them at greater risk of voided votes for errors.
“Under the constitution where ABC, CBS, Fox News decide who is the president?” he asked, echoing the views of many of Trump’s conservative supporters following Biden’s victory.
Inside the White House, a senior administration official says, some of his colleagues are looking for work – and others are looking to fight.
“Most people know it’s over, but there is still some existence,” the official said.
Some of Trump’s aides have tried to solicit his self-interest in urging him to defend his image and offer the prospect of another presidential run in 2024. Some officials said they expect Trump to run for re-election, or at least tease the possibility of another bid to maintain maximum leverage in the Republicans after leaving office.
Trump’s campaign continues to fund a legal battle on Sunday, as allies preview Monday’s rush of legal filings and public accusations of voter fraud they hope. hope will help turn public opinion back to support the president.
First Lady Melania Trump took to Twitter to reiterate the campaign’s central view that all legitimate votes should be counted – something either side cannot argue with.
“The American people deserve a fair vote,” she wrote. “Every legal vote – not illegal – should be counted. We must defend our democracy with complete transparency ”.
Despite the president’s toughness, the machine of an impending transfer of power is on Sunday.
While most Republicans continued to keep quiet about the election results, a few began openly admitting Biden’s victory.
“Congratulations to Biden on a successful campaign,” Florida Rep. Francis Rooney wrote Sunday on Twitter. “All Americans need to gather to support Biden’s newly elected.”
Other Republicans appear to have resigned, waiting for Trump to accept that his presidency is coming to an end.
“It is clear that you are not going to change the nature of President Trump in the last days of his presidency. He’s himself, ”Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who has acknowledged Biden’s victory, said Sunday on CNN’s“ State of the Union ”. “And he has a relatively comfortable relationship with the truth. And so he will – he will continue to fight until the very end. “
In addition to Rooney and Romney, Republican lawmakers who accepted Biden’s victory included at least three governors, a senator, and seven members of the House of Representatives.
Trump has complained privately about many Republicans not publicly supporting him, the officials said.
According to spokeswoman Pamela Pennington, Department of Integrated Services Administration, which runs the federal transition, has not officially determined that Biden is the winner.
In a brief statement, White House spokesman Judd Deere said “The Trump administration is following all the statutory requirements.”
Neither Trump nor Vice President Pence have spoken publicly in recent days – with Pence having been completely out of public eye since the polls ended on Tuesday. Trump spent hours at his golf course on Saturdays and Sundays but made no public comment.
A campaign adviser said there was discussion about trying to get Trump to participate in the president’s traditional activities, but the officials finally decided that “we need to let the legal process take over. out”.
Trump is not expected to have any public events on his schedule for the fourth consecutive day on Monday.
The way Trump handles the remaining weeks in office could play a major role in his brand and political body. The country continues to face a record surge of coronavirus infections even as they face the unprecedented situation of a president refusing to give in to an election and pledging to hand over power. peaceful way. Barbara Perry, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, says such a series of crises can be particularly dangerous.
“The pandemic and the resulting economic catastrophe that caused Trump to fail, now requires him to give up power as all 44 previous presidents have done,” she said. “However, the anti-democratic, one-sided traits that paved the way for him to the Oval Office will now simply not allow him to ‘take down’ the tradition of every president from George Washington to Barack Obama.”