How does that triple dose of defeat taste, Mr. President?
President Trump suffered back-to-back blows in his sputtering bid to subvert the 2020 election on Monday, as Republican and Democratic officials affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victories in the crucial swing states of Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia.
In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich, both Republicans, joined Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs for a ceremony to certify Biden’s narrow win in the southwestern state.
“We do elections well here in Arizona. The system is strong,” Ducey said at the state capitol in Phoenix.
Biden — who won the Nov. 3 election by a 306-232 Electoral College margin over Trump — clinched Arizona by 10,457 votes, or 0.3% out of 3.4 million ballots cast, according to the certified results. He’s just the second Democratic presidential candidate in 70 years to win the traditionally deep-red state.
Later in the day, Wisconsin’s Elections Commission followed suit and certified Biden’s win in the Badger State after a recount bankrolled by the Trump campaign only added to the Democratic president-elect’s lead.
According to the certified results, Biden won Wisconsin by about 20,700 votes.
The Wisconsin certification opened up a five-day window for final legal action, and the Trump campaign vowed to file another long-shot lawsuit to get as many as 238,000 votes in the state tossed.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement that the recount confirmed no fraud occurred and slammed Trump’s campaign for apparently seeking to only get votes invalidated in the state’s two predominantly Black counties.
“I have every confidence that this disgraceful Jim Crow strategy for mass disenfranchisement of voters will fail,” said Kaul, a Democrat.
In Georgia, meanwhile, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said his office has not found any evidence of widespread voter fraud or irregularities despite Trump’s repeated accusations to the contrary.
Raffensperger said his office continues to investigate about 250 cases of potential illegal voting and violations of state election law. However, he noted that Biden’s victory in Georgia — which was certified on Nov. 20 — won’t be impacted, as the Democrat won the state by a 12,670-ballot margin over Trump.
Raffensperger, who has described himself as a “proud” Trump supporter, also punched back at the unfounded fraud claims pushed by the president and his allies.
“There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation and, frankly, they’re misleading the president as well,” Raffensperger said.
Trump — whose campaign has not provided any evidence for the outlandish claim that “socialists” rigged the election for Biden — was not pleased with Raffensperger’s latest pushback.
“Why won’t Governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State,” Trump tweeted from the White House. “So simple, and so easy to do. Georgia Republicans are angry, all Republicans are angry. Get it done!”
Kemp, a staunch conservative who was endorsed by Trump in 2018, has refused to override Raffensperger’s certification of the results, citing a lack of evidence of fraud.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump rally outside the Arizona state capitol Saturday, Nov. 7, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/)
Ducey’s defense of the election in Arizona came even as Rudy Giuliani jetted into the state to hold a “hearing” with local Republican legislators to promote Trump’s baseless claim that the election was rigged.
“This election was the subject of a conspiracy that goes back before the election,” the ex-New York mayor said in the lobby of a drab Phoenix hotel, where the event had to be held since the state’s legislature isn’t in session.
Giuliani, who’s spearheading Trump’s futile bid to overturn the election, received backing from the president over Twitter.
“WOW, total election corruption in Arizona. Hearing on now! Why isn’t @FoxNews covering the Arizona hearings?” Trump complained.
Despite Trump’s endless fraud fretting, states have proceeded to certify results and the Electoral College is set to formalize Biden’s victory on Dec. 14. Election officials in all 50 states, international observers and U.S. cyber-security officials have confirmed the election was not hampered by fraud.
Biden spent Monday behind closed doors with transition advisers preparing for his Jan. 20 inauguration. Joined by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Biden also received his first Presidential Daily Brief, the top-secret U.S. intelligence briefing made available to him after Trump finally allowed his administration to ascertain the Democrat’s election victory last week.