President Donald Trump on Friday referred to the “Biden Administration” in a tweet for the first time, essentially acknowledging that he lost the 2020 election after weeks of denial and refusals to concede to President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump made clear that he still wanted to see the election result overturned — though there’s virtually no chance of that happening at this point.
“Now that the Biden Administration will be a scandal plagued mess for years to come, it is much easier for the Supreme Court of the United States to follow the Constitution and do what everybody knows has to be done,” Trump wrote. “They must show great Courage & Wisdom. Save the USA!!!”
Biden’s son Hunter’s financial dealings are under investigation by the Justice Department — a fact that Attorney General Bill Barr knew for months but kept under wraps so as not to sway the election, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Hunter, however, is not set to play any role in the Biden administration.
Ken Paxton, the pro-Trump attorney general of Texas, this week filed a lawsuit to the Supreme Court to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia. Trump and 17 GOP attorneys general support the suit. In an op-ed article on Thursday, George Conway, a conservative lawyer and husband of the former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, described it as “a recycling of failed claims” and an “embarrassment to the legal profession.”
All 50 states and Washington, DC, have certified their election results, and the federal deadline to do so has passed. Meanwhile, Trump and his GOP allies have won zero out of nearly 40 election-related lawsuits, and the Supreme Court has denied an attempt from Republicans to overturn the results in Pennsylvania.
The Electoral College is set to vote on Monday to finalize Biden’s victory.
Still, Trump appears determined to keep challenging the outcome and has continued to push baseless claims that Biden won because of widespread fraud. No evidence has emerged to back up Trump’s claims.
In short, Trump is spending his final days in office attempting to invalidate millions of votes and breaking from a hallmark of American democracy by refusing to concede and help foster a peaceful transfer of power.