Donald Trump was condemned Wednesday by opponents for sacking the senior official who disputed his baseless allegations of electoral fraud, as the president continued his increasingly desperate battle to overthrow Joe Biden’s victory.
The president’s election campaign team continued to push for recounts and investigations in battlefield states where Biden has previously been declared the winner, including a new demand in Wisconsin for a partial recount.
And there was an outcry over his tweeted Tuesday night decision to fire a federal election security official who dismissed his claims of widespread election fraud.
The sacking of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) director Christopher Krebs was “pathetic and predictable from a president who sees the truth as his enemy,” Senior Democrat Adam Schiff said.
Officials said the Nov. 3 contest between Trump and Biden was the safest U.S. election ever.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to Trump’s efforts in a state Biden won by nearly 73,000 votes, saying officials had not improperly prevented the Trump campaign from observing the counting of the ballots by correspondence, as the president said.
In another lawsuit, conducted in state federal court by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has not argued a case in federal court since the early 1990s, when he was a prosecutor , the campaign accused Democrats of a nationwide plot to steal the election. No such evidence has emerged in the two weeks since the polls closed.
Lawyers for the Democratic Secretary of State for Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia and several counties said the Trump campaign’s arguments lack constitutional merit or were rendered irrelevant by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the State.
They asked US District Judge Matthew Brann to dismiss the case, calling the allegations “at best irregularities in garden varieties” that would not justify invalidating the Pennsylvania results.
The next day, the Trump campaign demanded a partial recount in Wisconsin, which Biden won by around 20,000 votes, while in Georgia, which the Democrat won by around 15,000, a manual recount continued around midnight.
CNN, for its part, declared Biden the winner in Georgia.
Neither state seemed likely to tip – and even if they did, their combined 26 electoral votes wouldn’t be enough to keep Trump in the White House, which would require yet another setback in Pennsylvania, a big prize with 20 votes, and just as unlikely. achieved.
Biden won the Electoral College by 306-232, the same margin with which Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, a victory he insisted on calling a landslide. Candidates need 270 Electoral College votes to win. Trump is also fighting in Nevada.
By continuing to refuse to concede, Trump is delaying transition processes, including funding Biden to build his administration, even as the United States flounders amid a wave of coronavirus.
In a statement announcing the Wisconsin recount demand, Trump campaign lawyer Jim Troupis said, “The people of Wisconsin deserve to know whether their electoral processes worked in a legal and transparent manner. Unfortunately, the integrity of the election results cannot be reliable without a recount in these two counties and a consistent application of Wisconsin’s absent ballot requirements. “
The Wisconsin Election Commission confirmed that it received $ 3 million from the Trump campaign for the partial recount.
A full recount would have cost almost $ 8 million. Trump continues to seek donations for recount efforts, although it has been widely reported that much of this money is being used to pay off election debt and to fuel a political action committee formed to tighten grip. of Trump on the Republican Party after he was forced to leave the Republican Party. White House in January.
Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud have been denied by officials from both parties and mainstream observers, as all measures to block Biden’s march to victory have failed.
In Michigan, Republican officials backed down amid cries of outrageous racism after threatening to block certification of results in Wayne County, the large majority African-American county that incorporates Detroit. Trump praised their attempt to block on Twitter.
After an election race is called for a projected winner in a state, such as by the Associated Press, the results still need to be officially certified by state officials.
Biden won Michigan by about 346,000 votes.
Dave Wasserman, United States House editor of the non-partisan political report Cook,
: “It’s time to start labeling what they are: baseless conspiracies: defamatory attacks on the more than 500,000 heroic election officials and administrators from all corners of the United States who have won elections in the midst of ‘a record turnout and a global pandemic.’
It's time to start calling baseless conspiracies what they are: libelous attacks on the 500,000+ heroic poll workers & election administrators in every corner of the U.S. who pulled off a successful election amid record-shattering turnout and a global pandemic.— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 17, 2020
The reverberations also continued from the president’s decision to fire Krebs, one of his own federal members.
In a statement last week, Cisa, Krebs’ agency, said: “The November 3 election was the safest in American history. There is no evidence that a voting system suppressed or lost votes, altered votes, or was compromised in any way. “
firing Krebs, Trump said the statement was “very inaccurate.”
The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud - including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, “glitches” in the voting machines which changed...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020
Schiff, Chairman of the Democratic House Intelligence Committee,
the “pathetic and predictable shooting of a president who considers the truth as his enemy”.
Director Krebs worked diligently to safeguard our elections from interference and misinformation.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 18, 2020
He protected our democracy. And spoke truth to power.
That’s why Trump retaliated and fired him.
It’s pathetic and predictable from a president who views truth as his enemy.
Angus King, an independent senator from Maine,
“By shooting.” [Krebs] for doing his job, President Trump is hurting all Americans.
Chris Krebs is a dedicated public servant who has helped build up new cyber capabilities in the face of swiftly-evolving dangers. By firing him for doing his job, President Trump is harming all Americans – who rely on CISA’s defenses, even if they don’t know it. My statement: pic.twitter.com/gCzImQG2jZ— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) November 18, 2020
Krebs said, “Honored to serve. We did it well. Defend today, secure tomorrow. # Protect2020«
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