In the least surprising news of all time, Donald Trump is still refusing to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, choosing instead to attempt to use the courts to hold up (or change) the election results in a sad and desperate attempt to cling to some claim to victory—or at least to convince his supporters that the election was rigged.
But ever since the race was called on Saturday, rumors have been floating around that Trump’s former allies and supporters were distancing themselves from him. Here’s some of what Vanity Fair reports that Republicans, campaign advisors, and West Wing officials are saying about Trump’s chances to change the results of the race.
“You have to be realistic.”
“People are explaining options to the president in a way that opens the door to a conclusion. They’re telling him that it’s unlikely, but not impossible, to change the result.”
Ah, the smell of cowardice. Even after he’s clearly lost the election and ostensibly has more limited power over their careers, the people around Trump are still unwilling to stand up to him—instead, choosing to feed his ego just a little bit more.
“Trump is trying to keep the MAGA movement going. That gives him a lot of leverage,” one adviser said. “But what Trump is going to find out is that the minute he leaves the White House, he’ll be like a used car coming off the lot. His value will drop.”