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Republican aides and officials are privately increasingly resigned to the fact President Trump has lost the election, despite his continuing refusal to concede victory to President-elect Joe Biden, sources have told the Washington Post.
Biden was last week declared the winner of the election, but President Trump has so far refused to concede defeat, falsely claiming that the election was rigged against him.
He has filed multiple lawsuits in battleground states where results were close in a bid to overturn Biden’s wins.
Some high-profile Republicans and senior officials around Trump continue to support the president’s refusal to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger.
In private, however, there is reportedly an increasing acceptance that Biden has won the election. One Republican source told the Washington Post: “What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change.”
They added: “He went golfing this weekend. It’s not like he’s plotting how to prevent Joe Biden from taking power on Jan. 20. He’s tweeting about filing some lawsuits, those lawsuits will fail, then he’ll tweet some more about how the election was stolen, and then he’ll leave.”
The paper also cited sources who said that Trump allies were increasingly resigned to the fact that Biden had won the election.
It follows a CNN report that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, had approached the president about the possibility of conceding.
In a statement issued over the weekend, the Trump campaign said: “The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested contests headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary and Trump campaign spokesperson, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority leader, are among the most high-profile Trump allies to support baseless claims of election fraud.
McEnany held a press conference on Monday where she suggested without evidence that the Democrats had welcomed “illegal voting” in the election, prompting Fox News to cut away from the conference on the grounds that she did not have evidence to back up her claims.
McConnell on Monday backed Trump’s refusal to concede the election and said he had “every right to look into allegations and request recounts.”
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