A new report has supporters of President Donald Trump wondering if he might have a secret weapon that could prove detrimental to Joe Biden’s plans of taking over the White House.
People in Trump’s inner circle told the Washington Examiner that the president remains confident that he’ll emerge victorious from the 2020 election, even though most Americans don’t believe he has much chance of overtaking Biden’s vote lead in several key states.
“The president is extremely confident and not very bothered,” one unnamed source reportedly told the Examiner. “He said that he has been in way tougher spots than this, and he’ll come through again. He’s not worried.”
Another insider did not share Trump’s confidence, but told the Examiner that the president’s team has received assurances that a path to victory remains.
Trump stays the course
The hopes of many Republicans for a Trump win have indeed dimmed as the president’s legal challenges to the election results continue to be dismissed in court and recounts fail to find the needed votes to give him a victory in states like Georgia.
Some moderate Republicans — most of whom have always been critical of Trump, anyway — are now urging the president to concede and officially embrace Biden’s transition in light of these defeats, but most have supported Trump in his pursuit of the truth amid allegations of voter fraud.
Meanwhile, others in the media, even the conservative media, have urged Trump’s legal team to present more evidence of their fraud claims.
The team distanced itself from attorney Sidney Powell over the weekend after she made bombshell claims about fraud involving voting machines, but didn’t seem to have enough evidence to back them up. Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis have meanwhile said they have over 200 affidavits alleging voter fraud, according to Newsweek, but it remains unclear exactly how many ballots were affected and whether the fraud could overcome sizeable vote leads in some states.
“The world is watching”
Currently, most of the legal challenges center on Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Arizona. With a Biden lead of roughly 154,000 in Michigan and over 80,000 in Pennsylvania, it seems unlikely that fraud allegations will be able to overcome these deficits.
Trump would need to flip at least three of these five states to win the Electoral College, which means proving that tens of thousands of counted votes were fraudulent or invalid. This has never been done in a presidential election before; the typical recount only changes around 100 votes or less in most cases, according to Reuters.
But that doesn’t mean the president is ready to back down from the fight.
“Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to ‘flip’ at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?” Trump wrote in a tweet Saturday. “Hopefully the Courts and/or Legislatures will have…the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections, and the United States of America itself. THE WORLD IS WATCHING!”