The very definition of grasping at straws. 

Courtesy of NYT:

At a meeting on Wednesday at the White House, President Trump had something he wanted to discuss with his advisers, many of whom have told him his chances of succeeding at changing the results of the 2020 election are thin as a reed.

He then proceeded to press them on whether Republican legislatures could pick pro-Trump electors in a handful of key states and deliver him the electoral votes he needs to change the math and give him a second term, according to people briefed on the discussion.

It was not a detailed conversation, or really a serious one, the people briefed on it said. Nor was it reflective of any obsessive desire of Mr. Trump’s to remain in the White House.

“He knows it’s over,” one adviser said. But instead of conceding, they said, he is floating one improbable scenario after another for staying in office while he contemplates his uncertain post-presidency future.

There is no grand strategy at play, according to interviews with a half-dozen advisers and people close to the president. Mr. Trump is simply trying to survive from one news cycle to the next, seeing how far he can push his case against his defeat and ensure the continued support of his Republican base.

By dominating the story of his exit from the White House, he hopes to keep his millions of supporters energized and engaged for whatever comes next.

The president has insisted to aides that he really defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Nov. 3, but it is unclear whether he actually believes it. And instead of conducting discreet requests for recounts, Mr. Trump has made a series of spurious claims, seizing on conspiracies fanned on the internet.

I am not in the camp of people who think that Trump recognizes that he lost the election and is only inflaming his base so that they support his post-presidential projects.

We have been told time and time again that Trump did not mean what he said, only to have him show up on Twitter or in an interview and double down on some inflammatory comment or another. 

 I don’t think that too many people really know what is going on in Trump’s brain, and suggesting that he is only kidding, or trying to provoke a certain kind of response, seems risky.

I think what is clear is that Trump does not want to leave the safety of the White House and will do just about anything to prolong his stay.