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As we near the end of the Trump presidency, the conversation is naturally shifting to what happens next, to our country, to Donald Trump, and to the Republican Party. For his part, Trump is already floating the notion of running for the Republican nomination in 2024. There is also speculation that he intends to start a media company to compete with Fox News.
Ultimately though, as has always been the case, the chief objective for Trump is to maintain his hold on the news media. The only question going forward is will the news media continue to act as Trump’s chief promoter?
For years, Trump has labeled the news media the “enemy of the people,” but what has been painfully transparent is that he desperately craves the attention and the acceptance of the very news outlets he routinely assails.
Consider that Trump’s run for the highest office in the land might have been triggered by the trauma of President Barack Obama humiliating him in front of the media elite at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. It would be completely in character for Trump to decide he'd get the last laugh on the town by running for president himself.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says his office will recertify the presidential election results on Monday, following a second recount that once again upheld President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state.
Raffensperger, a Republican and a supporter of President Trump, also pushed back against a barrage of criticism from the president, telling reporters that “disinformation regarding election administration should be condemned and rejected. Integrity matters. Truth matters.”
Georgia has counted the presidential vote three times – the initial count from the Nov. 3 election, an ensuing full election recount and audit mandated by Raffensperger, and a machine recount requested by the Trump campaign. All three showed Biden topping Trump by roughly 12,000 votes out of nearly 5 million cast in the state. Biden became the first Democrat to carry Georgia in a presidential election in more than a quarter of a century.
“It’s been 34 days since the election on Nov. 3,” Raffensperger noted at a news conference at the Georgia Capitol. And he emphasized that “we have now counted legally cast ballots three times and the results remain unchanged.”
Federal judges delivered blistering rejections on Monday to a pair of last-ditch lawsuits by allies of President Donald Trump seeking to overturn election results in Michigan and Georgia, describing the legal efforts as undemocratic.
“In fact, this lawsuit seems to be less about achieving the relief Plaintiffs seek—as much of that relief is beyond the power of this Court— and more about the impact of their allegations on People’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government,” Detroit-based U.S. District Court Judge Linda Parker said in a written ruling.
Parker’s 35-page opinion, released just before 2 A.M. Monday, found the legal argument of the Trump electors defective for multiple reasons, most notably that the suit was moot because the state had already certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state, sending his slate of electors to the Electoral College. She also found that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the suit, and brought it too late to be heard.
But Parker was at her most forceful when she considered the GOP electors’ goal: reversing Michigan’s entire election, disenfranchising millions of voters and declaring Trump the winner.
While President-elect Joe Biden garnered more votes than any other presidential candidate in history, it may not have been the voters alone that put Biden over the edge to victory.