Trump Grows Increasingly Reclusive As Reality Of Election Loss Sets In

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Topline

President Donald Trump has increasingly receded from sight, even going dark on Twitter Tuesday after GOP plaintiffs dropped lawsuits challenging the election results in key states and allies in Congress acknowledged Biden’s victory. 

Key Facts

After tweeting or retweeting 40 times on Monday, including numerous false claims that he won the election despite his decisive loss to Biden, Trump went uncharacteristically silent on social media Tuesday.

Trump also has yet another empty public schedule on Tuesday despite the multiple public health and economic crises currently facing the country, and he has only made public remarks once in the 10 days since the election was called for Biden.

The silence coincides with a sudden flood of recognition for Biden from several of Trump’s key Senate allies, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) calling Biden “president-elect” and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) stating it’s “increasingly unlikely” Trump will prevail.

“I have every confidence that come January 20, we’re gonna inaugurate a president and I think it will probably be Joe Biden,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), while Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said “it looks like it will be President Biden.”

Trump’s legal efforts to overcome the result have been largely unsuccessful, with the GOP dropping lawsuits in four states as the Trump campaign faces staffing upheaval in its Pennsylvania suit and admitting its Arizona case wouldn’t change the result.

Chief Critic

Biden criticized Trump’s inaction during remarks on Monday. “The idea the president is still playing golf and not doing anything about it is beyond my comprehension,” he said of the lack of a coronavirus stimulus bill. “You’d at least think he’d want to go out on a positive note.”

Key Background

Nine Republican senators, ten House members and six governors have acknowledged Biden’s victory, in addition to former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dan Quayle and several former Trump administration officials including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Crucial Quote

“The president has failed,” Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), a retiring congressman who has acknowledged Biden as president-elect, said of Trump’s legal efforts during a CNN appearance on Tuesday. Mitchell tweeted Monday, “The good of this nation requires an effective transition.  Let’s just deal with it.”

What To Watch For

Biden has said his transition can move ahead despite the Trump administration’s refusal to ascertain his victory and formally authorize the transition, though he conceded “more people may die if we don’t coordinate.” The Biden transition announced a slew of appointees to senior White House positions on Monday and conducted a national security briefing with former officials in lieu of a classified briefing from administration officials.