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Analysis: Electoral College set to seal Trump's fate -- yet again

December 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A constitutional ritual that is normally a little-noticed curiosity will Monday turn into a symbol of the US political system's durability while under assault from a defeated President seeking to overturn a democratic election.

Electors from 50 states and the District of Columbia will gather across the country to cast their ballots, which will confirm Joe Biden as the rightful 46th president and California Sen. Kamala Harris as vice president.

Earlier attempts by Trump to strong-arm local Republican lawmakers to produce delegations in swing states that would ignore the will of millions of voters and his election loss failed.

He has 270 Electoral College votes," Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, crossing Trump in a way many colleagues still refuse to do.

Since the election, Trump has made delusional claims he won landslides in states where he clearly lost to Biden.

"If you want to restore trust by millions of people who are still very frustrated and angry about what happened, that's why you've got to have the whole system play out," Scalise said on "Fox News Sunday. " "There will be a president sworn in on January 20, but let's let this legal process play itself out," the congressman said, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has twice shut down Republican legal gambits intended to overthrow the election.

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is retiring and doesn't have to face voters again, said Sunday that the votes of the Electoral College should mark a watershed moment in Trump's effort to contest the election.

"It looks very much like the electors will vote for Joe Biden," he said, and argued there should be no question about election results after Monday.

Some Republican House members have already urged Trump not to concede when he loses the Electoral College on Monday.

Since it's his job as president of the Senate to count the electoral votes, it will fall to Pence to officially declare Biden and Harris victors of an election Trump falsely claims was stolen.

by summa-bot

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