The Trump campaign’s strategy to file a barrage of lawsuits challenging Joe Biden’s election win is more about providing the president with an offramp for a loss he can’t quite grasp than about changing the outcome, according to senior officials, campaign aides and allies who spoke to the Associated Press.
President Trump has promised legal action in the coming days as he refused to concede his loss to President-elect Biden, making an aggressive pitch for donors to help finance any court fight. Trump and his campaign have leveled accusations of large-scale voter fraud in Pennsylvania and other states that broke for Biden, so far without proof.
But proof isn’t really the point, said the people. The AP spoke with 10 Trump senior officials, campaign aides and allies who were not authorized to discuss the subject publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Some also acknowledged privately that the legal fights would — at best — forestall the inevitable, and some had deep reservations about the president’s attempts to undermine faith in the vote. But they said Trump and a core group of allies were aiming to keep his loyal base of supporters on his side even in defeat.
There has not been a presidential election in memory in which widespread, conspiratorial fraud was alleged.
Moments after the AP called the race for Biden, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani stood with a handful of poll watchers in front of campaign banners taped over the garage door of a landscaping…