Is there another level of insane that Trump is trying to achieve here?

Courtesy of the AP:

President Donald Trump never admits defeat. But he faces a stark choice now that Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House: Concede graciously for the sake of the nation or don’t — and get evicted anyway.

After nearly four tortured days of counting yielded a victory for Biden on Saturday, Trump was still insisting the race was not over. He threw out baseless allegations of voter fraud, promised a flurry of legal action and fired off all-caps tweets falsely insisting he’d “WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT.”

Trump is not expected to ever formally concede, according to people close to him, but is likely to grudgingly vacate the White House at the end of his term. His ongoing efforts to paint the election as unfair are seen both as an effort to soothe a bruised ego and to show his loyal base of supporters that he is still fighting. That could be key to keeping them energized for what comes next.

“He intends to fight,” Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow said as it was becoming clear that the president was headed for defeat.

Would Trump ever concede? “I doubt it,” said Trump’s longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone, whose prison sentence was commuted by Trump in July. Stone asserted that Biden, as a result, will have “a cloud over his presidency with half the people in the country believing that he was illegitimately elected.”

Allies suggested that if Trump wants to launch a media empire in coming years, he has an incentive to prolong the drama. So, too, if he intends to keep the door open to a possible 2024 comeback — he would be only a year older then than Biden is now.

It appears that even Jared Kushner is fanning the flames. 

Courtesy of Axios

A source close to Jared Kushner said he has advised President Trump to pursue “legal remedies” to the election. A second source close to Kushner confirmed he had not advised Trump to concede.

The second source said some awkward conversations were happening in the president’s orbit and that almost everyone had by now accepted reality: that Trump has lost the election. But Trump is still insisting — falsely — that he won the election, and he has several advisers, including Rudy Giuliani, egging on what most in his orbit consider a futile legal fight.

The one person who appears to be telling Trump to concede is Melania.

Courtesy of Mediaite

First Lady Melania Trump has joined the growing chorus of President Trump’s inner circle advising him the time has come for him to accept the loss. This is attributed to a source familiar with the conversations. She has offered it, this advice, she often does, says the source.

But she may have ulterior motives.

Courtesy of the Daily Mail:

Melania Trump is famously said to have burst into tears when her husband triumphed in 2016, with one friend saying: ‘She never expected him to win.’

She waited five months before moving from New York to Washington, allegedly because the couple’s son Barron ‘needed to finish school’.

But former aide Stephanie Wolkoff claimed Melania was negotiating a post-nuptial agreement to give Barron an equal share of the Trump fortune.

Ms. Wolkoff alleged the Trumps had separate bedrooms in the White House and ‘a transactional marriage’.

Fellow ex-aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claimed the couple’s 15-year marriage was over, adding: ‘Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce.

So Trump might be about to lose his job, his house, AND his wife.

Hey, maybe he can start writing country music songs for a living. 

By the way, I disagree that Trump can drag this whole “I was robbed” meme out for the next four years in order to raise doubt about the legitimacy of Biden’s presidency.

I think that will just make him seem more and more pathetic until not a single person would support his run for anything political. 

I mean, isn’t that essentially what happened to Sarah Palin?