Trump rails against Barr, Kemp, other Republicans over election loss ahead of Army-Navy game

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending Trump’s attempt to get legal issues rejected by other judges before the high court. (Dec. 11) AP Domestic

WASHINGTON – His election challenges near a dead end, President Donald Trump spent Saturday tweeting grievances, commiserating with supporters, attacking fellow Republicans, and flying to upstate New York for the Army-Navy football game.

A day after the Supreme Court refused to take up another election challenge, Trump blamed a string of Republicans – including Attorney General William Barr – for refusing to help him somehow overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory.

The soon-to-be-ex president also served notice he would continue protesting, vocally if not legally, even as Biden heads toward inauguration on Jan. 20.

“WE HAVE JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT!!!” Trump declaimed in one all-caps tweet, although his legal and political options are virtually nil.

Opponents said Trump is complaining because he failed at an anti-democratic attempt to overturn a free and fair election that he lost to Biden.

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“There has never been a more destructive force in the history of American politics. ever,” tweeted Al Cardenas, a former chairman of the Florida Republican Party.

He added that Trump “turns against his most loyal supporters & respected GOP leaders, mocks dems he should negotiate with, destroys the GOP within & attempts to overthrow free & fair elections.”

Trump did find time to celebrate some good news: The Food and Drug Administration approval of a vaccine to fight COVID-19.

In a video released Friday night on Twitter, Trump heralded the vaccine as the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 290,000 Americans and paralyzed large parts of the economy.

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COVID’s impact includes Saturday’s Army-Navy game.

Usually playing on a neutral field, military officials agreed to move this year’s Army-Navy game from COVID-ravaged Philadelphia to the restricted campus of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Students from West Point and the Naval Academy will attend, but no civilian fans.

It’s the first time the schools have played on either campus since 1943, when Army also hosted the game in the midst of World War II. (Navy won that contest 77 years ago, 13-0.)

On his Twitter feed Saturday, Trump also gave shout-outs to thousands of supporters who attended a rally near the White House in support of his election complaints.

Aboard the presidential helicopter, Trump flew over the rally en route to Joint Base Andrews, where he boarded Air Force One for the journey to West Point. 

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Amid heavy security in downtown Washington, D.C., some rally goers were members of organizations the government regards as extremists. Enrique Tarrio, chairman of the group known as the Proud Boys, said he got a “last-minute” invitation to the White House, and posted pictures of the building on his Parler social media account.

The Proud Boy leader did not meet with Trump, the White House said. In an e-mailed statement, spokesman Judd Deere said “he was on a public WH Christmas tour. He did not have a meeting with the President nor did the WH invite him.”

Trump spent most of his social media time railing against the election, particularly the Supreme Court decision Friday that seemed to slam the door on his attempt to overturn his loss through the judicial system.

The justices rejected a lawsuit by the state of Texas designed to invalidate the electoral votes of four states that Biden carried: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia. The high court said Texas and other Trump-electoral states that sought to join the lawsuit lacked the legal standing to change the voting procedures of other states.

In one missive, Trump called the decision “a great and disgraceful miscarriage of justice,” and said the plaintiffs were “never even given our day in Court!”

It was only the latest of more than 50 court losses for Trump and his supporters as they try to overturn Biden’s election. A variety of judges have rejected his claims of systematic voter fraud.

More reversals are likely coming for the president.

On Monday, members of the Electoral College meet virtually in state capitals across the country to cast their votes. Biden won enough states to earn 306 electoral votes, Trump 232.

Beyond his legal challenges, Trump failed to persuade Republican-run legislatures in swing states to submit their own slate of pro-Trump electors, something they could not do under their own states’ elections laws.

During his tweet storm Saturday, Trump specifically attacked Republican Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Doug Ducey of Arizona for refusing to help his protests. He claimed they “fought against me and the Republican Party harder than any Democrat.”

Kemp and Ducey, and other Republicans in Georgia and Arizona, said the elections in their states were conducted freely and fairly; Trump just lost them.

Trump also renewed his attacks on his own attorney general, Barr, whom he has criticized previously for not investigating his claims of election fraud.

This time, Trump hit Barr for not revealing during the campaign the existence of a tax investigation into Hunter Biden, the president-elect’s son.

“Why didn’t Bill Barr reveal the truth to the public, before the Election,” Trump complained in one tweet. He also re-tweeted a suggestion by a supporter that Barr be fired, though the president did not say whether he would follow through.

Despite the Supreme Court ruling, Trump indicated he has no plans to concede to Biden.

With Congress scheduled to accept the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, Trump has spoken to Republican lawmakers about objecting to electors from some Biden states. But he and the Republicans lack the numbers in Congress to affect the outcome.

While many critics mocked Trump’s complaints about the election, others questioned the president’s emotional state.

Responding to another Trump tweet claiming he really “won” the election, Republican strategist Liz Mair urged the president to “please get help.”

Tweeted Mair: “You can, in fact, emotionally and psychologically withstand this loss but it’s not going to happen this way and the way you’re handling this will wind up being bad for you, health wise.”

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