The 2020 US Presidential election is still underway but there are many mainstream news outlets already reporting a Joe Biden victory and declaring the DNC candidate as the President elect. Donald Trump is lobbying for the Supreme Court to intervene, citing election fraud and improper counting of ballots in order to stay in the White House.
The Associated Press reports Trump's economic advisor, Larry Kudlow that "He intends to fight."
The "fight" being a campaign to paint Biden's 2020 victory as one that is tainted, something Roger Stone spoke to when asked if he thought the President would ever concede. "I doubt it. [Biden will then have] a cloud over his presidency with half the people in the country believing that he was illegitimately elected."
AP continued that this could possibly be a plan of attack for Donald Trump to run for re-election in another four years and that he is attempting to launch his own media empire, absorbing the viewers of many conservative outlets like Fox News and retaining his most die-hard loyalists. The outlet also looked to the "support" of his "inner circle" who wants him to keep calling for voter fraud, which includes his personal lawyer and former Mayor of NY, Rudy Giuliani.
Which brings us to the press conference in question that occurred outside of a Philadelphia Landscaping business: the Four Seasons. People couldn't stop laughing at the fact that the impromptu gathering was at the Four Seasons...Landscaping which was sandwiched between a crematorium and an adult book store.
The President's sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric have reportedly implored their dad to maintain his position, that he did not lose the election, and they've even called upon other Republican leaders to join them. However, the GOP does seem divided on its stance on whether or not to welcome Biden into the White House just yet. Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland has congratulated Biden, Fred Upton from Michigan did the same.
Senator Mitt Romney, Adam Kinzinger, Tom Reed, Phil Scott, and Will Hurd are all notably GOP figures, among others, who've openly congratulated and/or welcome Biden into the White House. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, however, have contested that there was voter fraud occurring in a number of swing states, which is a sentiment shared by many Trump supporters in Pennsylvania, where many predict a recount will indeed take place.
In other states where the number of ballots were close, like Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin, recounts could happen as well, but that will depend on each individual state's willingness to participate in a recount or not.
For many, however, Trump's press conference outside of the Four Seasons Landscaping is a death knell for his shot at staying in the White House come 2020.
Strategically speaking, he could continue to speak to his base and help foment enough momentum going into the 2024 race in an attempt to strive for a seat in the Oval Office. If he successfully manages to establish a media empire in that time, he could very well make another run in that time, depending on the political landscape and the initiatives that Biden's administration will pass.
Trump rose into political prominence outwardly criticizing Barack Obama well before announcing he ever planned on getting involved in Government. Once he had announced his intention to run as Republican, he vilified anyone who got in his way. It was a tool that unequivocally worked and he tired out the opposition on the podium with his campaign utilizing social media analytics to spread his messaging far and wide.
For now, critics of the President are relishing the fact that he's holding press conferences outside of a landscaping company with such a glamorous name in a not-so-glamorous location.
While Trump is calling for a nation wide recount to occur at the Supreme Court level, there are several media outlets reporting this more than likely will not happen. The political landscape was vastly different when the SC weighed in on the election between Bush and Gore, as were the circumstances surrounding voting and potential voter fraud.
In the case of the 2000 election, many have pointed out there is a lot to suggest voter fraud definitely occurred in Florida, however, a lawyer who worked the Bush recount case in 2000 contends that Trump's desired recount is entirely different.
As AP puts it: "So far, Trump’s campaign and Republicans have mounted legal challenges in several states, but most are small-scale lawsuits that do not appear to affect many votes. On Thursday, the Trump campaign won an appellate ruling to get party and campaign observers closer to election workers who are processing mail-in ballots in Philadelphia. But judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed two other campaign lawsuits Thursday."
Will the Supreme Court intervene? As of this writing, it doesn't appear that it will occur unless there is some heavy breakthrough of evidence to suggest that there was some serious voter fraud going on in the swing states in question.