Trump’s next steps: What are the options if legal fight falls short?

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President Donald Trump is reportedly prepared to peacefully transition out of power if his legal challenges to the ostensible results of the 2020 presidential election fail, according to reports from Fox News and The Washington Post.

However, it remains unclear whether the president is also prepared to ever formally “concede.”

Fox News reported Saturday that, according to its anonymous sources, the president is prepared to “concede and execute a peaceful transfer of power if his campaign’s legal challenges fall short of changing the projected outcome.”

The Washington Post reported similarly but noted that “Trump is unlikely to ever concede in the traditional sense” via “the sort of gracious, magnanimous speech the nation has come to expect at the end of even the most hard-fought presidential contests.”

According to its anonymous sources, it’s more likely the president will step down peacefully but continue to argue that he had the election stolen from him.

But step down from office he definitely would if required, according not only to the media’s anonymous sources but senior White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow as well.

“We will continue peacefully, as we always do. And I might add, anybody from around the world, offshore watching this, they should know that. That America is the greatest democracy, and we abide by the rule of law,” Kudlow said in remarks to the media last week:

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Of course, any potential transfer out of power (and concession) hinges on the president first losing his numerous legal challenges to the media’s declared 2020 election results.

This is assuming the president isn’t first influenced by his daughter Ivanka’s husband, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner:

CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins reportedly said Friday that there’s an ongoing conversation within the White House over “about who is going to be the person that’s going to reckon with the president and tell him that his time in office could be coming to an end.”

“That’s a conversation that I’m told the president’s allies are still having, they’re not sure who that person is going to be. They’ve talked about Jared Kushner, someone like an Ivanka Trump, but they haven’t figured out who it is to bring the president to terms with reality,” she added.

As of Sunday, the president had pending lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan Georgia and Arizona, with the latest one having been filed in Arizona on Saturday.

“The newest Arizona suit from the president’s campaign alleges that poll workers did not notify in-person voters when the electronic ballot tabulation machines detect an ‘overvote,’ which occurs when voters select more than the number of candidates allowed in a given race,” The Hill reported.

“Instead of giving voters the opportunity to correct the error, the campaign alleges that poll workers in Maricopa County told voters to press a green button to override the error, resulting in the machine disregarding the voter’s choice. It further claimed that it has declarations from voters who witnessed this, and say that the problem occurred on a large scale in the county.”

Until all of these suits are resolved — which may take some time — it’s highly unlikely the president will “concede,” though that’s perfectly OK, according to the law.

“The legal processes for challenging an election result vary state by state, but they generally take two forms. Election ‘contests’ or ‘protests’ target alleged errors or wrongdoing in the administration of an election — a way for a campaign to argue, for example, that tabulated ballots should be rejected or that rejected ballots should be tabulated,” ProPublica notes.

“The other is a recount, a process Americans got to know well in the wake of the 2000 presidential election. States permit recounts only when a victory margin is whisper thin.”

Again, all of this is legal. And yet the president’s refusal to rush out and say “I lost” has triggered another round of “he’s a fascist” declarations from left-wingers suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, including far-left comedian Stephen Colbert.

“You only survived this up until now because a lot of voters didn’t want to believe everything that was obvious to so many of us: that Donald Trump is a fascist,” the far-left comedian screeched during an emotional screed this past Thursday on CBS’s “The Late Show.”

“And when it comes to democracy versus fascism, I’m sorry, there are not fine people on both sides. So you need to choose: Donald Trump, or the American people?”

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There is actually another side — one of reason, logic and the law, all of them appear to be anathema to the likes of Colbert and his TDS-afflicted cohorts.

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Vivek Saxena

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