Still refusing to concede, Trump avoids election comments

Breaking an eight day silence with the White House press corps, President Donald Trump on Friday briefed Americans on the latest developments involving a Coronavirus vaccine, but returned to the Oval Office without taking any questions about the 2020 election, as the President continues to refuse to publicly concede defeat to President-Elect Joe Biden.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, the closest the President got to discussing the elections came as he denounced the idea of further Coronavirus restrictions, seemingly catching himself before he acknowledged he might soon be replaced as President.

“This is administration will not be going to a lock down, hopefully the, the, whatever happens in the future - who knows - which administration it will be, I guess time will tell,” Mr. Trump said, verbally dancing around the subject of his election defeat.

The President’s remarks came after a series of legal developments on Friday continued to drive home the point that the President’s efforts to overturn the current results in favor of Biden are going nowhere.

First, the Trump Campaign backed off a lawsuit in Arizona, a day after a rough court hearing in which its lawyers had evidence blocked by a judge, with Republicans ultimately challenging just 191 ballots in a state where the President trails by over 10,000 votes.

In Michigan, a state judge refused to grant an injunction on the election results, ridiculing Trump supporters who had alleged wrongdoing at the polls on Election Day, suggesting they did not know the law.

Meanwhile, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out a challenge to mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, as the Secretary of State there announced Biden’s lead was large enough to avoid any recount or recanvass.

Those were just a few of the ongoing series of legal losses for the Trump Campaign and Republicans all over the nation in the past week.

On Twitter, the President continued to post debunked conspiracy theories about possible election fraud, as Democrats said it was past time for Mr. Trump and Congressional Republicans to admit defeat.

Jamie Dupree

Jamie Dupree, CMG Washington News Bureau

Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau