By Spy Uganda Correspondent
US: Speaking about the possibility of the US going into a second national lockdown, the President said while it’s not certain in his mind whether he or Joe Biden will be in charge come the start of next year, he will not close the country down again.
He said: “Whatever happens in the future who knows which administration will be i guess time will tell but I can tell you this administration won’t go into lockdown.”
This seems to be the first time the 74-year-old has even entertained the notion that he did not win the presidential election earlier this month.
Following the election, Trump launched legal cases in several states, claiming that fraud had been committed and ‘illegal votes’ were being counted.
He even set up a hotline where people could call up to report cases of voter fraud they had witnessed or had suspicions about. But it didn’t really go according to plan as the phone line was hijacked by prank callers celebrating Joe Biden’s victory.
Meanwhile, a major law firm withdrew overnight from a Trump campaign case in Pennsylvania seeking to have mail-in ballots thrown out, in the latest blow to the president’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election result in court.
The Ohio-based Porter Wright Morris & Arthur firm, which brought a suit on Monday alleging that the use of mail-in ballots had created “an illegal two-tiered voting system” in the state, abruptly withdrew from that case in a memo to the court.
“Plaintiffs and Porter Wright have reached a mutual agreement that plaintiffs will be best served if Porter Wright withdraws,” the memo said. The lead lawyer in the case, the Pittsburgh-based Ronald L Hicks Jr, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Separately, lawyers for the Trump campaign withdrew a lawsuit in Arizona, conceding that the case would not move enough votes to change the election result in the state. “Since the close of yesterday’s hearing, the tabulation of votes statewide has rendered unnecessary a judicial ruling as to the presidential electors,” Trump lawyer Kory Langhofer told an Arizona state court.
And in Michigan, a judge refused to halt the certification of Detroit-area election results. It was the third time a judge has declined to intervene in the Michigan count.
Unlike most lawsuits brought by the Trump campaign, which targeted small pools of votes whose exclusion would not change the election result, the Porter Wright suit in Pennsylvania challenged nearly 2.65m votes that were cast by mail, the majority by Democrats.