A top Republican political consultant has urged Donald Trump to leave the White House peacefully, claiming the outcome of the election “won’t be overturned”, despite his numerous legal challenges.
Karl Rove is a former George W. Bush adviser and there have even been reports he advised the Trump campaign in the lead up to this year’s election.
But, despite his apparent support of Mr Trump, he has said it would be almost impossible to change the outcome of the election.
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In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Mr Rove noted that while the President was within his rights to take his voter fraud claims to court, it was “unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column”.
“To win, Mr Trump must prove systemic fraud, with illegal votes in the tens of thousands,” he wrote.
“There is no evidence of that so far. Unless some emerges quickly, the president’s chances in court will decline precipitously when states start certifying results.”
Mr Trump’s campaign has now filed at least 17 lawsuits in various states, with most relating to claims of voter fraud or Trump election observers not being given appropriate access to the vote count.
These lawsuits have been filed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Mr Rove ended his op-ed by calling on the President to accept his defeat and leave the White House peacefully.
“Closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium,” he wrote.
“Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.”
It has been days since multiple media outlets called the election in Joe Biden’s favour but Mr Trump has outright refused to accept his loss, even claiming he has actually won the election.
There have been more Republicans adding their voices to the calls for Mr Trump to concede, with experts warning his refusal to do so was undermining the democratic process and holding up the transition to Biden, who takes office in January.
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Among them was the Republican secretary of state for Montana, Corey Stapleton, who heralded the “incredible things” Trump accomplished in office.
“But that time is now over. Tip your hat, bite your lip, and congratulate @JoeBiden,” he tweeted.
Mr Trump’s failure to concede has no legal force in itself, but the General Services Administration, the usually low-key agency that manages the Washington bureaucracy, has refused to sign off on the transition, holding up funding and security briefings to Mr Biden’s team.
However, Mr Biden hasn’t let this hold back his plans. Since his projected win was announced on Saturday, the President-elect has addressed the nation, set up a coronavirus task force, spoken with world leaders including Trump allies, begun vetting potential cabinet members and delivered policy speeches.
On Wednesday he took congratulatory phone calls from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.