What to expect from Donald Trump in the coming weeks?

While the world received the news that Biden was named the next President of the United States, Donald played golf in Virginia. Without conceding defeat in the presidential elections, the American President again insisted that he was the winner of the elections. “I won these elections, by far!” Wrote Trump on his social network Twitter.

The refusal to accept defeat was already expected, with Donald Trump insisting in the last few days to accuse Democrats of electoral “fraud” with the votes that arrived by mail, demanding a recount of the votes in some states. Moments after Biden’s announcement, the Trump campaign reiterated that the elections “are not over yet” and announced a legal battle. “As of Monday, our campaign will present our case in court to ensure that electoral laws are fully complied with and that the rightful winner is declared,” said Rudy Giulianu, attorney for the current US president.

For these reasons and taking into account the usual behaviors that the world has had the opportunity to experience in the past four years, no one expects Trump to formally grant defeat. Relatives and people close to the Republican even claim that he will never admit that he was defeated in the electoral race, but will vacate the White House at the end of his term, albeit against his will.

“I doubt he will concede defeat,” said Trump’s friend and adviser, Roger Stone. In Stone’s opinion, Biden, as a result, will have “a cloud over his presidency with half the country’s population believing that he was elected illegitimately.” Biden is the President-elect with the highest number of votes in US history, but “Trumpism” has also emerged strengthened from these elections, with the Republican candidate receiving five million more votes than in 2016, when he was elected President.

Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece, also believes that her uncle’s acknowledgment of defeat is “unlikely”. Questioned by Channel 4 News about what Trump would be feeling at a time when the results pointed to Biden’s victory, Mary Trump replied that he would be “going crazy”. “For the first time in his life, he is facing an undeniable loss. You are facing something that is unbearable for himand and we see this reflecting on his despair, ”he added.

“Most Dangerous” Period in US History
Even if Trump does not accept that he will be President of a single term, the clock is already counting down to the day when he will have to give way to Biden. Eleven weeks remain, a period that experts believe could be the “most dangerous” in US history.

“If he loses power, he will spend his last 90 days destroying the USA like a mean child with a sledgehammer in a Chinese store”, said Malcolm Nance, a policy analyst, The Guardian. “We are likely to see the biggest political tantrum in history. He can decide that he wants to go out with everything, he can decide that he will not accept the result of the election. Who knows what a cornered autocrat will do? ”Asked Nance.

“We need to be prepared for anything he has in mind, because if he thinks he is going to fall, he will try to take us all with him”said Trump’s niece. Asked if she was serious, Mary Trump replies: “Of course I am”, recalling that Trump, as President of the United States, gave a speech in the last days in which he said that “the popular vote cannot be trusted”. Mary Trump, who recently published a book revealing how the family created “the most dangerous man in the world”, further guarantees that “there will be no feeling of regret” on the part of Trump, “because that would mean that he can recognize that he did something wrong – which is not true “.

Part of the chaos that will follow Trump’s defeat is already predictable: the United States definitively withdrew from the Paris Agreement last Wednesday; the pandemic, which has already killed more than 237,000 Americans, will worsen and Trump has already suggested the resignation of Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist who is part of the U.S. task force in the fight against the pandemic.

However, there is still much to expect from Trump. As lawyers have already announced, Trump is prepared to start a legal battle and experts even point out that the U.S. President is taking advantage of this weekend to outline a plan that will involve more lawsuits. The Trump Campaign has even announced that they are raising $ 60 million to pay lawyers.

“He will push his executive and constitutional powers to the limit”said Nance. “He intends to fight,” said Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow, quoted by the Associated Press.

In a statement on Friday, Trump announced that he will continue “with this process in all aspects of the law to ensure that the American people have confidence in our Government”. “I will never give up fighting for you and our nation,” Trump said.

Some advisers consider, however, that the legal efforts imposed by the Trump Campaign consist more of an attempt to “put on a show” than, exactly, expecting them to produce results.

However, there is a common concern that Trump’s rhetoric fuels tensions in a country that was already intensely divided before Biden’s appointment. Several American cities have been the scene of pro and anti-Trump demonstrations, and there have even been reports of supporters of the Republican candidate who met outside vote-counting centers, some displaying weapons.
Republicans divided
In this fight for the presidency, there is a clear division, even between the republican nucleus. Donald Trump has the support of many, including his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his children, who believe that the legal battle must be carried through to the end to try to annul the election results of the five states that were in the final stretch of the count. of the votes.

Other political allies and White House officials have, however, called on the President to exercise caution in the weeks ahead to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. According to the Associated Press, many public allies even advised Trump to make a speech next week to promise to support a peaceful transition. The President’s niece says that abandoning her allies will contribute to an increase in Trump’s “anger levels”.

Among those who defend respect for the outcome of the elections is the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, who has already announced that he will respect the will of the American people.

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