Donald Trump maybe running a public campaign against the Joe Biden win almost 3 weeks ago….
The people who counted and report the results of the elections and happen to be Republicans are moving ahead with doing their jobs and not doing what Trump & Co. are trying to get them do….
Steal and election from the wishes of the American voters….
For the most part, local and state officials have either remained silent or moved forward with the process of certifying election results, potentially closing the door to Trump’s post-election gambit to change the results — first through the courts and then by way of GOP-led statehouses.
Republican officials have been reluctant to openly defy Trump, and many have either humored him or echoed less incendiary versions of his evidence-free claims about rigged voting machines and mail-in ballots. Others have offered only milquetoast and vague statements aiming to defend the integrity of their states’ voting processes while not offending a prickly and vindictive president.
Their delicate posturing underscores the challenge Republicans face as the president solicits their complicity in undermining the democratic process while maintaining an ironclad grip on the party’s voting base.
And it mirrors the approach of some federal officials, including in the Justice Department, where Attorney General William P. Barr touted false claims about mail-in ballots but prosecutors have made no moves to investigate the recent baseless allegations by Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani of a global conspiracy by Democrats to steal the election.
“Republicans knew they’ve been damned if they do and worse if they don’t when it comes to crossing Trump,” said Doug Heye, a former top official at the Republican National Committee and a Trump critic. “But they thought that would end post-Election Day. Instead, they’re stuck in the same time warp: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”……