President Donald Trump’s supporters will take to the streets on Saturday to back up his baseless allegations of election fraud as he pushes a number of long-term legal challenges to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Trump has made little headway with his lawsuits in court, and on Friday he began to doubt his prospects for the first time by telling reporters time will tell who will occupy the White House from Jan. 20.
There have been other pro-Trump protests across the country since Biden was predicted the winner on Nov. 7, but they were small and unfolded with few incidents.
The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities are set to show a mix of supporters for the president, far-right figures and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys in a public demonstration of support for his efforts to stay in power.
The organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”. Trump tweeted his support.
Some left groups are planning counter-demonstrations in Washington and other cities.
Biden further cemented his win on Friday when Edison Research results showed he won Georgia, giving him a final record of 306 electoral college votes, far more than the 270 to be elected president and over Trump’s 232 .
The 306 votes corresponded to what Trump won in 2016 in his victory over Hillary Clinton, which he then described as a “landslide”.
Trump appeared to be on the verge of accepting the likelihood of leaving the White House in January during a speech at a White House event.
“This administration will not be blocked. Hopefully whatever happens in the future – who knows what administration it will be? I think time will tell, “said Trump in his first public statements since Biden was predicted to be the election winner a week ago.
As the election result became clearer, Trump discussed with advisors possible media projects and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible White House offer for 2024, aides said.
According to several consultants, he is considering starting a television station or social media company to compete with those who cheated on him and hindered his ability to communicate directly with Americans.
In the near future, Trump is expected to campaign for Republican candidates ahead of two January 5 runoff elections in Georgia to determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
Trump has refused to admit to Biden, claiming without evidence that he was defrauded by widespread election fraud. State election officials do not report serious irregularities, and some of his legal challenges have failed in court.
A Michigan state court on Friday denied a motion by Trump’s supporters to block voting certification in Detroit, which was tough on Biden. And Trump campaign lawyers dropped a lawsuit in Arizona after the final vote there challenged them.
General election security officials have found no evidence that any voting system deleted, lost, changed votes, or was “compromised in any way,” two security groups said in a statement released Thursday by the United States’ leading cybersecurity agency.
To win a second term, Trump would have to overthrow Biden’s leadership in at least three states, but he has so far provided no evidence that he could do so in any of them.
States have a December 8 deadline to confirm their elections and vote for the electoral college, which will officially elect the new president on December 14.
Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has stalled the official transition. The federal agency that releases funding for a new president-elect, the General Services Administration, has yet to acknowledge Biden’s victory and deny him access to federal office space and resources.
But Biden, who will meet with transition advisors in his home state of Delaware on Saturday, has pushed the process forward, setting legislative priorities, reviewing federal agency guidelines, and preparing to fill thousands of positions in the new administration.
“We are moving forward with the transition,” said Jen Psaki, a senior advisor to the Biden transition team, while stressing that Biden still needs “real-time intelligence” from the Trump administration to deal with the resurgent coronavirus pandemic and national security threats to become.
Although the national referendum did not determine the election result, Biden was ahead with more than 5.3 million votes, or 3.4 percentage points. His share of the referendum, at 50.8%, was slightly higher than Ronald Reagan’s in 1980, when he defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter.