Trump 'planning rallies to brandish obits of people he claims voted'

Donald Trump ‘is planning mass rallies where he will brandish the obituaries of dead people he claims voted’ as his legal team prepares for ‘man-to-man combat’

  • The president is reportedly planning to take his election contest on the road
  • Trump wants to hold mass rallies where he will show off obituaries of ‘voters’
  • The rallies will highlight the Trump campaign’s legal challenges across the U.S.
  • More than 90 campaign staff have been relocated from Florida to Georgia
  • In Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania the campaign is assembling legal teams
  • Joe Biden’s campaign has already established its own legal army
  • On Sunday it also emerged the Biden transition was having its funding blocked
  • The head of the General Services Administration would not free the funds
  • Emily Murphy is arguing that the election has not yet been resolved 

Donald Trump is planning a series of rallies at which he will show off obituaries of people who his team say have voted, according to a report.

The president has made it clear that he does not intend to concede defeat to Joe Biden, despite him being judged by independent media analysts to have no way of winning the election.

He has promised to fight every step through the courts.

On Sunday night Axios reported that the Trump campaign was mobilizing its troops and readying for war.

‘We want to make sure we have an adequate supply of manpower on the ground for man-to-man combat,’ one adviser told Axios. 

In addition to the rallies, designed to highlight specific legal challenges, Trump is gathering what was described as ‘a campaign-style media operation’. 

Donald Trump, pictured at a rally on November 1, is intending to fight on, Axios reports

Trump has been whipping up his supporters with claims of votes being stolen

Trump’s supporters protest outside the state capital in Lansing, Michigan on Sunday

 

The media team will be headed by Tim Murtaugh, a former television reporter in Virginia who joined the Trump campaign in February 2019, and now serves as communications director.

One advisor told the site that Murtaugh’s group will issue ‘regular press briefings, releases on legal action and obviously things like talking points and booking people strategically on television.’

In Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania the Trump team is planning fresh legal challenges – many of those raised so far have already been dismissed. 

More than 90 campaign staff have been redeployed from Florida to Georgia, where former congressman Doug Collins will be leading the campaign’s recount efforts. 

In Arizona, Kory Langhofer, who was the counsel for Trump’s 2016 transition, will serve as lead attorney, Axios said.

And in Pennsylvania, Ronald Hicks, a partner in the Pittsburgh office of the Porter Wright law firm and co-chair of the firm’s election law practice, will lead the Trump campaign’s legal charge.

On Sunday night Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican, told 60 Minutes that his office, which runs the vote count, has received death threats as a result of the Trump campaign’s accusation of vote rigging.

‘From the insight looking out, it feels all very deranged,’ he said.

‘At the end of the day we are counting eligible votes, cast by voters. The controversy surrounding it is something I don’t understand.

‘It’s people making accusations that we wouldn’t count those votes, or people are adding fraudulent votes, or – just, coming up with all sorts of crazy stuff.’ 

The Trump’s formal legal team includes 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, lawyer Justin Clark, and senior advisers Jason Miller and David Bossie.

Bill Stepien (left), Trump’s campaign manager, will be heavily involved in the efforts

Rudy Giuliani, pictured at the Philadelphia press conference on Saturday, will participate

Donald Trump waves to supporters outside his golf club in Virginia on Sunday

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, who delivered the memorable press conference on Saturday at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia, is also fighting Trump’s legal battles.

Biden’s campaign, in turn, has assembled what it described as the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history, with a large team of attorneys ready to fight challenges. 

Bob Bauer, who served as general counsel to the Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012, worked with campaign general counsel Dana Remus on voter protection — an issue that thousands of Democratic lawyers around the country are also engaged in, according to the Biden campaign.

The campaign also created a special national litigation team involving hundreds of lawyers that will include as leaders Walter Dellinger, a solicitor general in the Clinton administration, and Donald Verrilli, a solicitor general under Obama.

Democratic lawyer Marc Elias and a team of lawyers from his firm, Perkins Coie, focused on protecting voter access and ensuring a fair and accurate vote count. 

On Sunday night it emerged that administrator of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee who is in charge of federal buildings, was blocking the release of transition funds until the legal challenges had been resolved. 

‘An ascertainment has not yet been made,’ Pamela Pennington, a spokeswoman for GSA, said in an email to the Washington Post, ‘and its Administrator will continue to abide by, and fulfill, all requirements under the law.’ 

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