Washington- Top advisers to former US President Donald Trump spared no effort in searching for a political way to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which more than 81 million voters voted for Joe Biden, compared to more than 74 million votes for their candidate.
President Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes, compared to 232 votes for Trump, who still refuses to recognize the results to this day.
According to observers, Trump directed his advisors to search for all possible ways and exploit any political, legal or procedural loopholes to overturn the election results, which they failed in, and the former president had no choice but to resort to some of his popular base streams that believe in conspiracy theories, which he promoted without It has stopped since Trump entered the political arena in 2015.
And before the November 2020 elections, no one took seriously Trump’s threats, in which he said that it was impossible to lose the elections, and if that happened, it would mean rigging it in the interest of Democratic rival Joe Biden.
With the passing of the anniversary of the storming of Congress, Al Jazeera Net presents 5 ways that Trump used to overthrow the American political process, but he failed in all of them, and despite that, his ghost still controls, in an unconventional way, the joints of the Republican Party.
First: Attempt to pressure to not validate the results
The rise in the number of postal ballots and the delay in their access to vote counting committees made it easier for Trump to claim that he is leading in a number of swing states that determine the fate of elections, such as Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Indeed, Trump advanced in some of these states early and before all the votes were counted, and after the arrival of the voting postcards, a major shift occurred in favor of his opponent, Biden.
The turnout for mail voting, due to precautionary measures in light of the spread of Corona, increased Trump’s early attack and his questioning of the vote.
To help substantiate Trump’s claims, Republican leaders have tried to pressure the secretary in more than one swing states, either not to certify the results or to find fraudulent ballot papers.
Second, trying to pressure local legislators to change the outcome of swing states
Trump personally tried to force local lawmakers in several states that voted for Biden to nullify the election results, and relied on a questionable legal opinion that these legislatures could simply ignore the results of the popular vote in their states.
In Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Georgia, Trump publicly urged majority Republican lawmakers to step in to declare his victory. He did not hesitate to communicate directly with some Michigan lawmakers, inviting them to meet at the White House, and also used his Twitter account (before it was suspended) to communicate with lawmakers and directly invite them to overturn the results.
Third: Pressure the courts to cancel the elections and prove fraud
Trump’s efforts to resort to the judiciary to change the election results were unsuccessful, and more than 60 courts rejected his allegations. Then Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court demanding that the results of elections in Wisconsin, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania be nullified, which Biden won. Trump supported this approach, winning the support of attorneys general in 20 Republican-controlled states.
The Supreme Court refused to hear the case, and Trump attacked the three judges he appointed and expected them to return the favor politically.
Fourth: Pressure the Ministry of Justice to cancel the results
Trump tried to force the Justice Department to provide him with an excuse to overturn the results, but Attorney General Bill Barr refused to do so. Had this ministry acquiesced, it would have added credibility to Trump’s allegations of election fraud.
At a meeting between Trump and Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Trump said, “Just say the election was bad and leave the rest to me.”
Fifth: Putting pressure on his deputy, Mike Pence
Trump has insisted and reiterated on several occasions that his Vice President, Mike Pence, has the power to unilaterally decide who wins the election as Senate President. But Trump publicly attacked Pence for refusing to comply with his demand that he refuse to certify the election results.
Trump hoped that Pence would refuse to certify the results in certain states, which would give him more electoral votes than Biden, and accordingly Pence would declare Trump the winning candidate.
This scenario envisioned Senate Democrats refusing to ratify Trump’s victory, leaving the door to the House of Representatives, where the Constitution gives one vote to each state in the disputed presidential election, and Republicans constitute a majority in 26 of the 50 states.
Sixth: Trump resorts to rebellion
In his speech minutes before the storming of the Capitol (January 6, 2021), Trump urged thousands of his assembled supporters to move toward the Capitol buildings, saying, “If you don’t fight hard, you won’t have a country anymore.”
The express aim of the rally and the ensuing riot was to pressure Congress, and Vice President Mike Pence in particular, to nullify the election results. “If Mike Pence does the right thing, we will win the election,” Trump told supporters.
Immediately, more than 2,000 Trump supporters participated in storming and looting the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to flee, and disrupting the certification process for election results for more than 10 hours.
Hundreds of intruders were tried, and some of them began serving prison sentences for many years, but no criminal charges were brought against former President Trump, who seems interested in returning to political life from the gate of the upcoming presidential elections in 2024.