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“The ballots could be from Mickey Mouse,” the president’s lawyer said. Likewise, its legal strategy.

In some ways, however, at least in the client’s worldview. As has been said on numerous occasions, Mr. Trump has treated his entire public life – certainly his presidency – like a chaotic and evolving reality show, and this post-election period was no different.

He does not appear to care about the solemn legal, civic and political leaders who have lamented his conduct. “It is disturbing to see not only the president but many other elected officials treating democracy with such cavalry,” said Benjamin Geffen, an attorney at the Public Interest Law Center, who is also involved in the Pennsylvania case against the Trump campaign.

As long as Mr. Trump has a grand strategy, Mr. Levitt said, it seems less about litigation than public relations. The president’s overarching goal appears to be simply to dismiss as many claims as possible, no matter how far-fetched or unfounded, in an attempt to cast doubt on Mr. Biden’s victory.

While that might fail to convince the judges or persuade an unlikely amalgam of Republican officials, legislatures and voters to take extraordinary action on behalf of the president, it would propel at least a narrative that Mr. Trump is seen denied a legitimate victory.

One of Mr. Trump’s attorneys, Sidney Powell, went so far as to say this week that the president actually won the election “not just by hundreds of thousands of votes, but by millions of votes.” However, she added, the votes cast for Mr. Trump had been negatively transferred to Mr. Biden by software “designed expressly for this purpose.”

Ms Powell also said that the CIA previously ignored complaints about the software. She urged the president to fire Gina Haspel, the director of the CIA.

As the past four years have shown, Mr. Trump’s say-anything style has been emulated by his henchmen, like Ms. Powell, and can prove brutally effective in certain political and media contexts. But it has limits in more rigorous, rule-based places, like the court.

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