Protesters rally outside the State Capitol building after former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., November 8, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

President Donald Trump’s team announced Monday that there will be campaign-style rallies in the coming weeks after Trump refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden. The recount rallies will be focused on battleground states where Trump was projected to lose: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. 

Trump supporters have already begun protesting Biden’s win with claims of voter fraud, chants and signs that say “Stop the Steal.” At a rally in Detroit this past weekend, one Trump supporter said: “Everywhere there is a Democrat clerk, we want an investigation for fraud, and we won’t accept the election until there is an investigation for fraud.” 

Supporters continue to be adamant that evidence of fraud will emerge in one of the campaign’s many legal battles with federal and state agencies conducting the election. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh emphasized that the rallies would be driven by grassroots supporters, not the president. Right-wing leaders have also criticized left-leaning media, as well as disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, for ignoring or cheering crowded celebrations of Biden’s victory after criticizing the Trump campaign for holding large, unmonitored rallies.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated on Monday that Trump was within his rights to investigate voter fraud. The Trump campaign has already announced they would be seeking a recount in Wisconsin, where Biden won by 20,000 votes. As election counts are expected to be finished this week, more states are anticipating recount requests from the Trump team. Nearly a dozen lawsuits have been filed so far from Trump’s campaign, with some already thrown out by judges.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Scoop: Inside Trump’s legal warfare – Axios – 11/8/2020
President Trump plans to brandish obituaries of people who supposedly voted but are dead — plus hold campaign-style rallies — in an effort to prolong his fight against apparent insurmountable election results, four Trump advisers told me during a conference call this afternoon. Obits for those who cast ballots are part of the “specific pieces of evidence” aimed at bolstering the Trump team’s so-far unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud and corruption that they say led to Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump supporters hold ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in Pensacola to protest election outcome – WEARTV – 11/8/2020
While Joe Biden is projected to be the next President, some local Trump supporters do not believe the election is over.Sunday afternoon, over 100 people gathered in downtown Pensacola to protest the outcome and ask that every legal vote be counted before a winner is determined.

Trump supporters launch small, disparate efforts to fight election results as no GOP or Trump allegations of irregularities have been proved – Washington Post – 11/9/2020
President Trump’s refusal to accept the presidential election results is being reinforced in pockets of denial nationwide, but the anger continues to fall short of a coherent resistance movement that would threaten to overturn the vote.In states where Trump won and here in one where he lost a close race, elected Republicans and GOP voters called for the continuation of efforts to challenge the results, which in Pennsylvania give President-elect Joe Biden a roughly 45,000-vote margin of victory.

Trump plans to revive campaign-style rallies as he pursues legal challenges to election results – Fox News – 11/9/2020
Along with the rallies, Trump is also planning to use obituaries of people who allegedly voted but are actually dead as evidence of the voter fraud he’s been claiming. The campaign is also sending recount teams Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., heading up the effort in the Peach State.Trump has promised legal action in the coming days as he refused to concede his loss to Biden, making an aggressive pitch for donors to help finance any court fight.

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