President Donald Trump personally known as the speaker of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives twice to ask him to assist overturn the outcomes of the 2020 U.S. election within the state, Trump’s newest effort to disclaim his loss and refuse to concede to President-elect Joe Biden.
The Washington Post first reported Monday that Trump had known as Republican House Speaker Bryan Cutler twice up to now week, asking if Cutler might use the physique’s legislative energy to intervene within the race greater than a month after Election Day.
Cutler’s workplace mentioned it informed the president there was nothing to be performed and that the legislature had no energy to override the state’s electors.
“The president said, ‘I’m hearing about all these issues in Philadelphia, and these issues with your law,’ ” Michael Straub, a spokesperson for Cutler, recounted to the Post. “ ‘What can we do to fix it?’ ”
The request, whereas unprecedented, isn’t new for the president. Trump beforehand appealed to high Republicans in Michigan and to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, urging them to try to substitute the state’s electors with ones loyal to him.
Kemp refused that request, and on Monday, Georgia’s high election officers recertified the state’s election outcomes, confirming that Biden received its 16 electors.
Trump and his surrogates have continued to unfold lies in regards to the outcomes of the 2020 election and tried to subvert the votes in six key battleground states that each one swung for Biden final month. Every Trump marketing campaign authorized problem has failed, and all six of those swing states have now certified their results. Biden might be inaugurated on Jan. 20.
It’s unclear if Trump plans to attend that occasion, though he mentioned that he would “certainly” go away the White House if the Electoral College formally votes for Biden on Dec. 14.
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