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Opinion: Judge's devastating question for team Trump

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump looks on after delivering an update on "Operation Warp Speed" in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani made a rare appearance in a courtroom this week in a baseless and hopeless effort to invalidate Joe Biden's victory. It backfired when the judge threw out the case, one of a growing number of indications Trump's refusal to concede isn't accomplishing anything except damaging faith in democracy and slowing down the transition

(CNN)President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani made a rare appearance as an advocate in a courtroom this week in a baseless and hopeless effort to invalidate Joe Biden's victory.

The Giuliani court appearance came on the same day two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers temporarily blocked certification of votes in Michigan's most populous county, where Biden outpolled Trump by more than 332,000 votes.

It was also the day Trump fired Chris Krebs, the Homeland Security Department cybersecurity official whose sin, in the President's eyes, was to declare there was no sign of systematic fraud in this year's election.

The Trump-Giuliani scenario of a rigged election, which Joe Biden actually won with a convincing electoral college victory and a popular vote margin of more than six million votes, seemed ripped from Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass," the sequel to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. " The Queen tries to persuade Alice that you can believe impossible things -- and suggests that it helps if you practice.

"No president in American history has ever before spent the end of his time in office trying to discredit our democracy, degrade the federal government and set Americans against each other," Waldman wrote.

The Republicans, "are finishing the Trump presidency the way they started it, with a show of complicity and cowardice. "

Law professor Joshua Douglas wrote that "the damage to our democratic norms will outlast Trump's time in office.

Lying about election fraud, as Trump and others have done, and turning a blind eye when a losing candidate personally reaches out to an election official, when the candidate does not like the results, cannot become the new normal. "

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On the day after the 2016 presidential election, Denise Turner Roth, the head of the US General Services Administration in the last years of President Barack Obama's second term, officially "ascertained" that Donald Trump had won.

"My determination," she wrote for CNN Opinion, "was based on several factors: a review of the results reported by every state, the major news organizations that called the election for Trump, Trump's clear margin of victory and the absence of voting irregularities or fraud.

Once I gave the go-ahead, members of our administration were able to coordinate with President-elect Trump's team to ensure an orderly transfer of power. "

But this year, nearly three weeks after the election won by Joe Biden, GSA administrator Emily Murphy is refusing to ascertain his victory.

When the tumultuous transition is finally over, incoming President-elect Joe Biden's administration will have to make a fateful decision: Should it try to hold Donald Trump accountable?

Holding President Trump accountable also may be the only way to hold our political parties accountable. "

"Not putting pressure on the US Department of Justice to prosecute Trump will be unpopular with much of the Democratic base," Dent wrote, "but it may be necessary to steer the ship of state from turbulent and dangerous waters.

"Obama ran an exciting campaign on restoring equity and opportunity to Americans, but he spent most of his difficult presidency holding off one disaster after another," Suri wrote.

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