Trump Has No Legal Alternatives and Should Concede

Mish

The Wall Street Journal editorial board finally reaches the right conclusion, "Trump ought to concede".

Trump’s Challenge Is Over

Please consider the WSJ editorial Trump’s Challenge Is Over

Mr. Trump’s last legal gasp came Friday evening when the Supreme Court declined to hear the Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the election results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. As we predicted, the Court cited Texas’s lack of legal standing to challenge how another state manages its elections.

Some on the right claim that Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented, but this is wrong. The Justices said they would have taken the Texas case as a “bill of complaint” when states sue other states.

The Supreme Court was thus unanimous. Let's discuss the key points the Journal made.

Key Points

  1. The Court made the right call, and it would be refreshing if the political left that has relentlessly attacked Mr. Trump’s judicial appointees as partisans admitted how wrong they’ve been.
  2. If anyone can sue without a cognizable injury and the possibility of remedy, the courts would be overwhelmed with frivolous claims.
  3. The spectacle of so many House Republicans endorsing the Texas suit is depressing, and they aren’t profiles in courage. But their critics would have more credibility if they hadn’t promoted the Russia “collusion” lies for four years and indulged Hillary Clinton’s claims to this day that the Russians elected Mr. Trump in 2016. This is one reason that tens of millions of Americans are inclined to believe Mr. Trump’s election claims despite the losses in court.
  4. None of this excuses Mr. Trump’s attempts to delegitimize Mr. Biden’s victory on Nov. 3. 
  5. There is no doubt that mass mail-in balloting led to more election problems, such as varying rules for signature verification in different Pennsylvania counties. But these irregularities do not add up to a stolen election in multiple states. 
  6. There’s no predicting how Mr. Trump will behave. Perhaps he will continue his “stolen” election claims past Jan. 20. Perhaps he can’t admit to himself that he lost. Perhaps he hopes to nurture resentment to run again in 2024.
  7. Bitterness as a political strategy rarely wears well.  If Republicans lose the Georgia Senate runoffs on Jan. 5, Mr. Trump will deserve much of the blame. 
  8. There’s a time to fight, and a time to concede. Mr. Trump has had his innumerable days in court and lost. 

The above points are all direct quotes from the WSJ editorial.

While it may be difficult in general to predict what Trump might do or say, I suspect this case is different.

One Last Fleecing

Those afflicted with Trump Cult Syndrome demand that Trump never concede. And if he does concede, contributions (allegedly to fight these  court battles that even the WSJ understands are ridiculous) will stop flowing in.

The money is not for fighting election fraud, it is to raise money for Trump's other needs including tax evasion and a myriad of civil cases once his shield of presidency is gone. 

But hey, believe what you want, even these.

Those with TCS demand Trump fight on. So he will. Contributions depend on it. 

It's over. The electors have decided. 

However, The fleecing must continue even if it costs Republicans the Senate in Georgia.

Mish

Comments (93)
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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Mr. Trump is very concerned about the Georgia Senate races.....NOT!

When will they figure out that Trump cares about Trump....and absolutely NOBODY else. (I’m guessing a fair percentage of the Trump base will never see reality).

But the WSJ got it right finally. Spot on.

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

Americans need to realize the solution is not in electing a king but actually electing small government Constitutional legislators. I know it's not as sexy as the Super Bowl called the presidential election, but...

njbr
njbr

The impending chaos planned for January 6th.

Alternative facts = alternative electors

...“As we speak today, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote, and we’re going to send those results up to Congress,” [Stephen] Miller said, saying doing so means their “legal remedies remain open” and Congress can validate the Trump electors if any of their lawsuits pan out, which is extremely unlikely....

Sechel
Sechel

We need to come to terms with the fact that a substantial portion of the Republican party is hostile to Democracy. 17 Republican attorney generals signed on to Trump's Texas challenge. They knew better and were joined by over 130 Republican legislators. Today Republicans in Michigan attempted to submit a false slate if electors.

Trump knows he can't win but he will attempt another coup on January 6th. Just because its likely to fail doesn't mean we shouldn't take it seriously.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump and Republican electors are trying to steal an election in plain sight. They may be failing but we've never gotten this close. This isn't about Trump protecting his rights but about Republicans trying to steal our right to vote

MarkraD
MarkraD

Trump knows it's over, his base does not, Trump is doing what he does best, a con prepping his mark for the score once he's back in the private sector.

Look for new iterations of Trump University, Trump steaks, Trump name licensing...etc...etc.

jeffbkasper
jeffbkasper

Wake up people, this is not about President Trump. Go to The Epoch Times, Newsmax, NTD, and Fox News to find out what is really going on.

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

This "But their critics ... attack on democracy?" in the editorial was full on what aboutism.
As I read my paper copy of the Journal at breakfast this morning, my head exploded with this bullshit.

Kimo
Kimo

PA, GA, MI, WI, AZ, NV, and NM have alternate electors. The Texas suit was just that, The Texas suit. Other suits were initiated by the President's team, they remain unresolved. I'm not saying either way, not sure why anyone else would, either, unless wishing it were over.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump was done November 3rd

joma85
joma85

Legal remedies have not concluded, why not let the process play out? The Director of National Intelligence is compelled to file a report with respect to alleged foreign interference with an election by December 18th. If the report is mere speculation then the process will end accordingly in due course. However, there is already smoke which needs further investigation. For example, the $400 million dollar transfer to Staple Street Partners (the parent entity to Dominion) in October. The SEC Form D is publicly available.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

I have 100% proof that Trump lost legitimately, furthermore I have proof from none other than Trump. You see back in March, Trump went on Fox News and told fox and friends that Republicans would never be elected again if it was easier to vote.

Well guess what, mail in voting does make it real easy to vote and Trump's prediction came true, he lost.

The easier it is for anyone and everyone to vote, the harder and harder it will be for Republicans to get elected. Couple this fact with the changing demographics across the US such as an aging population and more younger multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multicultural voters, and the RNC bigot party will struggle to attract voters or survive.

CaliforniaStan
CaliforniaStan

"But their critics would have more credibility if they hadn’t promoted the Russia “collusion” lies for four years "

It is not a lie that there was Russian interference. Both the Muller report and the Senate intelligence committee confirmed it.

"Collusion" was never proven. Given the meetings between Russians and Trump people, including the one Flynn lied about, it seems probable to me. But then again given their incompetence, maybe they couldn't have kept it secret. Do you really believe they met to talk about adoptions? It's clear The Russians hacked Podesta and Democratic emails, and dropped them through Wikileaks to help Trump.

The Committee finds the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) presents a coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis for the case that Russia engaged in an attempt to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/press/senate-intel-releases-new-report-intel-community-assessment-russian-interferenceIntelligence

The Mueller report found that the Russian government "interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion" and "violated U.S. criminal law". The report relayed two methods by which Russia attempted to influence the election.

Johnson1
Johnson1

How does China only have 10 to 20 new COVID cases a day since April?

Webej
Webej

See. American democracy works.

The will of the American people is to stand as one ‘man’ [?!] behind President Harris.

Absolutely no need for any type of electoral or political reform.

C'mon man, what's wrong with a one party state anyways?

RunnerDan
RunnerDan

"Walpurga Müller-Schm"

On a lighter note, if this chick is her icon, she is smoking hot! I would certainly love to run with her...(her description says marathon runner).

randocalrissian
randocalrissian
  1. Trump is psychologically incapable of admitting fault, and therefore will never acknowledge that he lost the election fair and square.

  2. "Stop the Steal" IS the steal, as that political cartoon so aptly evidences. They said he's running a circus, he and PT Barnum know something.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Have you noticed how the wackos come out in the overnight when the US is mostly sleeping?

The Trumpite narrative is getting more and more incoherent and random.....

I read Trump has “raised" 200 million just since the election.....a tribute to the Art of the Con.

PreCambrian
PreCambrian

In response to your "key points":

  1. One good call does not make a good justice but I have actually been surprised by Gorsuch and Kavanaugh in a few decisions which means that they at least have a reasonably open mind. Thomas is actually the most hidebound.
  2. True
  3. The big difference is that a) Hillary conceded immediately, b) Russia did try to influence the election but no one in power tried to change the result, c) Obama didn't use the power of the federal government to try to change the election result.
  4. True
  5. Since money and other financial assets are transferred every day without physical presence it stands to reason that there is a relatively fool proof method of having secure "absentee" voting. Republicans do not want it because Democratic turnout would increase. They want to be able to keep the issue alive for each election they want to dispute. Your new state has 100% mail in ballots. It would be best to have a federal standard for federal elections so everyone in the US has an equal chance to vote.
  6. You can predict that Trump will behave badly. He will only do what is in his best interest. I don't believe that he has ever said that he has lost (in anything). Everything is always "cheated" or "stolen" from him.
  7. If Republicans embraced mail in ballots in Georgia they would probably win both Senate elections.
  8. True
frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

Mish I was shocked to hear that Trump's new PAC is fundraising in Georgia for the January 5th Senate elections, I was shocked to hear that a total of 0% of the money that Trump 2024 PAC is raising was going to the Georgia race. Simply shocked it's so out of character for Trump!

For those who don't get it: sarcasm

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

McConnell publicly congratulates Biden and Harris. Trump's only play now is a military coup. I'm calling it over.

oee
oee

The Rethugs do not give agency to the Biden/Harris administration. the voters took care of that. We do not need him at the inauguration. He make a like a tree and leave!


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