The tyrannical toddler is throwing a tantrum.
Courtesy of CNN:
Facing a disappearing pathway to victory, President Donald Trump offered little indication on Friday he was prepared to concede defeat, leading those around him to wonder who might be able to reckon with a leader who has given virtually no thought to leaving the White House.
Even as vote totals now show him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in key battlegrounds, Trump has not prepared a concession speech and in conversations with allies in recent days has said he has no intention of conceding the election, people familiar with the matter said.
So far he has been bolstered in his stance by those closest to him, including his senior advisers and his adult sons, who have mounted an aggressive effort in the courts to challenge the results and have pressured other Republicans into defending him.
Top aides, including his chief of staff Mark Meadows, have not attempted to come to terms with the President about the reality of what is happening. Instead, they have fed his baseless claim that the election is being stolen from underneath him. That has led to some annoyance among staff, who believe Meadows is feeding the President’s baseless claim that the election is illegitimate.
Vice President Mike Pence — who has not been seen since the early hours of Wednesday morning — is doing his part to appease Trump by soliciting funds for his legal defense fund.
In a written statement on Friday afternoon, Trump signaled his intentions to continue waging legal battle.
“This is no longer about any single election. This is about the integrity of our entire election process,” he wrote. “We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee the American people have confidence in our government. I will never give up fighting for you and our nation.”
Trump has acknowledged to some allies he recognizes the electoral math will not work in his favor, according to people familiar with the conversations, but has maintained that a prolonged court battle and corrosive rhetoric about election fraud would sow enough doubt to allow him to refuse to accept the results.
We really are going to have to drag Trump kicking as screaming from the White House.
I know we joked about it, but still…..
Joe Biden is convinced that there are those ready and willing to do the dragging.
Courtesy of The Independent:
Joe Biden’s campaign has warned that Donald Trump could be escorted from the White House, amid reports he has no plans to concede.
In a statement, Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said: “As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election.”
“And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” added Mr. Bates, in apparent reference to the Republican president.
The remarks come in response to reports that Mr. Trump has no plans to concede, should Mr. Biden be confirmed as the president-elect on Friday.
Trump’s legacy is already in tatters, what with tanking the economy, killing all of those Americans, and truckloads of lies and misstatements for the historians to pore over after he leaves office.
To also have to be forcefully removed from the White House on top of all of that would tear away his final shred of dignity.
But hey, I’m good with that.