More than two weeks after the US elections, which were confirmed by major media outlets that Democratic candidate John Biden won, and won 306 electoral college votes compared to 232 votes for President Donald Trump, Trump has not yet recognized these results and still claims that the elections were “stolen” from him. .
With a number of swing states’ courts rejecting more than 20 legal cases filed by President Trump’s campaign, Trump has not lost public support from the Republican Party for his continuous efforts to change the election outcome, and his policies and positions over the past few days have not led Republican leaders to abandon his support.
Trump fired – without warning – Defense Secretary Mark Esper and a number of his top aides, and also fired Chris Crespi, the cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, to which Republicans responded with only conservative criticism.
Republicans need Trump
Despite Trump’s loss, more than 73 million voters voted for him, a record that no Republican presidential candidate has approached before.
Republican leaders realize that the party needs Trump in the battle to elect two senators from Georgia, scheduled for January 5.
The Republicans guaranteed 50 of the 100 seats in the House, while the Democrats control 48 seats, and the Republicans ’victory in one or both of the Georgia state seats would ensure their control of the majority in the House, and if they lost the two seats, the majority would pass to the Democrats, as it becomes the vice president’s right. Tipping the vote equalizer.
President Trump’s overwhelming popularity among the Republican Party’s electoral bases played a big role in narrowing the gap with Democrats in the House of Representatives, with Republicans winning 8 additional seats.
Biden’s victory in the presidency was blessed only by two Republican senators: Senator Susan Collins and Senator Mitt Romney, while the rest of the Republican leaders were reluctant to express their opinion or affirm their support for Trump.
It was not surprising that Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, asserted President Trump’s right to pursue the path of lawsuits against the election results.
McConnell attacked Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, and considered it a “big mistake,” but refused to discuss the details of his position on the elections, and said that “there is a way to deal with electoral disputes, which is the courts. Courts in various states deal with any accusation as soon as there is evidence,” We are going to an orderly transfer of power from this department to the next. “
Republican Senator John Thon from South Dakota ignored the response to the question whether the differences would cause Republican lawmakers to split from Trump over the election.
Thon said in an interview with National Radio that some Republican senators view Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan or expel a senior cybersecurity official as a “big mistake.”
While John Kornin, Republican Senator from Texas, declared his opposition to the president’s actions towards withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, he stressed that these differences will not affect support for Trump’s electoral strategy. “If I had disagreements with Trump, I would discuss them privately with him,” Cornin said.
Trump’s battles in the courts have not yielded much success, but Republicans are keen not to fully publicize their position, and prefer to speak indirectly by urging Trump to allow Biden to receive intelligence briefings, but none of them called on Trump to concede.
The timing of the separation with the president
It is still unclear whether some Republicans will start to distance themselves from Trump before the Georgia state elections when the states document their election results, which will start within days and end before the end of this month, or they will wait until December 8, when the period for submitting judicial appeals ends, As a major milestone for Biden’s victory officially recognized, while others expected that they would wait for the Electoral College meeting on December 14 to name the next president of the United States.
Chris Kuhn, a Democratic senator from Delaware, said, “Most of the Republican senators with whom I have spoken are clearly aware that there is no path that would allow President Trump to win, but they cannot publicly disclose it at the present time.”
Some commentators believe that there are political reasons why Republicans continue to support Trump as he is on his way out of the White House, as speculation increases that he is considering a new presidential attempt in 2024, which will guarantee him a lot of influence in the Republican Party after Biden takes office.