The President was asked this week if he would move out of the White House, if the electoral college confirms Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States next month.
"Certainly" he replied, "You know that". Well it hasn't always been so clear. Trump is down 35 - 1 in his legal challenges to the election result. A rambling, incoherent series of claims of voter fraud and the support of the un-dead for Democrats, has not helped.
This week, a Trump appointed judge in Pennsylvania, wrote a 21 page opinion, rejecting the appeal from the campaign team. "Voters not Lawyers, choose the President, Ballots not Briefs, Decide Elections " wrote State Judge Stephanos Bibas. The Federal appeal court, forcefully rejected the Trump campaign effort, to throw out millions of Pennsylvania votes. Allegations of misconduct were "meritless and undercut by a lack of evidence" the verdict.
According to Politico, in one final indignity, the judges, designated the 21 page ruling as "non precedential". "The campaign claims had so little weight, the case is not worthy of being cited in future cases". In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign team paid $3 million for a recount, only to see Joe Biden's numbers increase in the second tally.
Trump now is forced to accept the reality of leaving the White House in the New Year. The transition process is underway. A scorched earth policy is in play. The shredders are working overtime, no doubt and the furnaces burning bright, to obliterate all trace of foul play.
This week Trump pardoned Michael Flynn, former national security adviser found guilty of lying to the FBI. This follows the pardon of Roger Stone. Flynn and Stone were both convicted of impeding an investigation that threatened Trump.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "We should be prepared for more such protective pardons in the weeks ahead, possibly including an unprecedented self-pardon, to which Trump has dubiously asserted an “absolute right.” It would be a fitting finale for a president who has served himself at every turn and any cost."
So will come to an end our "White House WTF" feature. Trump is moving out. The adults are returning to the White House in the New Year ... and not before time ...
That's all for this week! Have a great, safe, week-end ... Hands, Face and Space ...
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