As December entered, with less than 50 days of inauguration day, several of President Trump’s closest allies on Tuesday began to signal reluctance to continue participating in the presidential election.
Most notably, Attorney General William P. Barr said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that he had no reason to doubt the election results, seeing no evidence of irregularities “on a scale that could have had a different result ”.
Mr Barr’s admission that the election made clear a victory for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. came after several battlefield states in recent days certified their results showing Mr Biden’s victory.
Other prominent Republicans who indulged in Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud also appeared to back down on the claim that he had prevailed despite the results to the contrary.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and Majority Leader, acknowledged a changing of the guard at a press conference Tuesday while discussing a proposed bipartisan stimulus package for pandemic relief after months of congressional inaction.
“After the first of the year, there will likely be a discussion of an additional package of a certain size next year, depending on what the new administration wants to pursue,” McConnell said.
As Mr. Trump posted a litany of unsubstantiated accusations on Twitter alleging widespread electoral fraud throughout the weekend and Tuesday, Gabriel Sterling, a Republican and senior Georgia election official, criticized the president, urging him to condemn the intimidation and harassment of election workers.
“It has to stop,” Sterling said. “Sir. Mr. President, you have not condemned this language or these actions. It must stop. We need you to act, and if you want to take a leadership position, show it.
Election challenges have poured in as officials in Georgia lead the second of two recounts in the state – with a deadline of midnight Wednesday – as demanded by the Trump campaign. But Mr Sterling, a Republican, objected to the President’s inflammatory language and the threats of violence they inspired.
“I can’t begin to explain the level of anger I have right now about this,” he says. “And every American, every Georgian, Republican and Democrat, should have the same level of anger.
The Trump campaign and its allies have lost nearly 40 cases across the country, judge after judge – including some named by Mr. Trump – discredited their attacks on election results as lacking both legal basis and evidence convincing.