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Donald Trump faces growing pressure to concede US election from as judge brands failed Pennsylvania legal challenge as ‘Frankenstein’s monster’



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resident Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure from his fellow Republicans to concede the US presidential election after a federal judge called his legal attempt to overturn the Pennsylvania result a “Frankenstein’s Monster”.

Since Democratic  Biden was declared the winner two weeks ago, Trump has launched a number of lawsuits disputing the result in states across the country.

He has also put pressure on some to not certify their vote totals.

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President Donald Trump participates in the final presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the first presidential debate with President Donald Trump on 29 September

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Daughter and Senior Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US President Tiffany Trump, campaign adviser to the US President and Eric Trump’s wife Lara Trump wear facemasks as they arrive to attend the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walk on stage during the second and final presidential debate at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on stage after the final presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University

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President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally on 17 October in Muskegon, Michigan

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Hope Hicks, senior adviser to the president, and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino(L) attend services with US President Donald Trump at the International Church of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on 18 October

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Voters cast their ballots in the voting booths at the early vote location at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies on the third day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on 14 October

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There was no social distancing at the Trump campaign event in Sanford, Florida on 12 October

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Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a voter mobilization event in Cincinnati, Ohio

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US Democratic vice presidential nominee and Senator from California, Kamala Harris gestures during the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah

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President Donald Trump participates in a phone call with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley October 4, 2020, in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on 4 October

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Counselor to the President Hope Hicks walks from Marine One to accompany President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House legislative aide Cassidy Hutchinson dance to the song YMCA as President Donald Trump ends a campaign rally at Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport on 21 September

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Fireworks are seen above the Washington Monument and the White House at the conclusion of the final day of the Republican National Convention on 27 August

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First Lady Melania Trump (2nd R), Barron Trump (R) and Tiffany Trump look on as US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to grandson Theodore James Kushner after he delivered his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC 27 August

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway walks onto stage to tape her speech for the third day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington on 26 August

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Donald Trump Jr. fist bumps his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle after they pre-recorded their addresses to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium

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On Saturday, Matthew Brann, a Republican federal judge nominated by former President Barack Obama, dismissed a similar effort in Pennsylvania, writing that the case amounted to “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”

“This claim, like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together,” wrote Brann.

Brann said that he “has no authority to take away the right to vote of even a single person, let alone millions of citizens.”

Trump’s lawyers vowed a quick appeal, but lawyers who opposed him in court say he is out of time.

“This should put the nail in the coffin on any further attempts by President Trump to use the federal courts to rewrite the outcome of the 2020 election,” said Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey said the ruling closed off any chance for a legal victory in Pennsylvania and called on Trump to concede the election.

Liz Cheney, a member of the Republican leadership team in the House of Representatives, earlier called on Trump to respect “the sanctity of our electoral process” if he does not succeed in court.

He has spent the past few weeks preparing to take office, though Trump’s administration has refused to provide funding and security clearances to do so.

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Critics say Trump’s refusal to concede will havehave serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 255,000 Americans.

In order to remain in office, Trump would need to overturn election results in at least three large states – an unprecedented feat.

A recount in Georgia only affirmed Biden’s win there, and officials certified the result on Friday. Trump’s campaign said late Saturday it would request another recount.

In Wisconsin, election officials have criticized Trump volunteers for slowing a partial recount that is not expected to overturn Biden’s victory.

With recounts and lawsuits coming up short, Trump is now pressuring Republican-led state legislatures to throw out the vote totals and declare him the winner.

“Hopefully the Courts and/or Legislatures will have … the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections and the United States of America itself,” he wrote on Twitter after the Pennsylvania ruling.

On Friday, he summoned two top Republicans in Michigan’s legislature to the White House. After the meeting, they said they saw no evidence that would lead them to intervene. Biden is leading Trump in Michigan by 154,000 votes.

Election officials across the country say there is no evidence of significant voting fraud, and Trump’s own administration has called the election the “most secure in American history.”

But Trump’s accusations have continued to inflame his hard-core Republican base. Half of Republicans believe the election was stolen from Trump, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling, and supporters have staged rallies across the country to protest the outcome.