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Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a trusted adviser, has approached the president about conceding, says CNN White House correspondent
  • President Donald Trump is unlikely to formally concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden in the presidential election, sources close to Trump have told media outlets.
  • CNN's White House correspondent, Kaitlan Collins, said that her sources had told her that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a trusted adviser, had raised the concession question with the president.
  • The president is continuing to cling to baseless allegations that the election was stolen as a result of vast mail-in ballot fraud and a series of lawsuits experts believe are doomed to fail.
  • Some aides have reportedly tried to get Trump to accept defeat, as a series of news outlets followed Business Insider's lead Saturday and projected that Biden had won the key state of Pennsylvania.
  • Defeated candidates traditionally use their concession speech to congratulate the victor and appeal for unity, but the process is not necessary under the Constitution for power to be transferred to the winner.
Trump has not spoken publicly since early Friday, when he repeated the baseless allegation that the election was being rigged. He left the White House on Saturday to play golf, and in a flurry of cap-locked tweets, some labeled misleading by the social media platform, refused to accept the result.

In a statement released by his campaign, Trump said Biden was "falsely posing" as winner.

Trump is reportedly pinning his hopes on a series of lawsuits his campaign has launched challenging the results in swing states, which experts say are likely to fail because of a lack of evidence.

Some at the White House are reportedly trying to get the president to accept his defeat.

... Sources close to the president have told media outlets that the president is unlikely to call Biden and concede defeat in the traditional manner.

Allies of the president told The Washington Post that he is unlikely to concede defeat "under any circumstances in the traditional manner of a concession speech and a phone call to Biden."

Advisors to the president backed the assessment in comments to The New York Times, saying that Trump "has refused to acknowledge that he has lost" and is standing by his groundless electoral fraud claims.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions from Business Insider about whether Trump was likely to concede that he has lost.

Conceding defeat is a norm rather than a process formally enshrined in the US constitution, with losing candidates customarily using concession speeches to offer their congratulations to the winner and call for post-election unity. Trump has long refused to countenance the prospect of defeat, with many people close to the president has long said that securing victory at any cost is his core motivation. Ahead of the election, he had controversially refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

The Constitution stipulates that whoever wins the contest will take power at noon on January 20 after the election, following a transition period during which they prepare for office and appoint top officials, regardless of the incumbent's opinion about the results.

Several advisors told the Times that they thought it unlikely that Trump would try to block Biden from taking over the office.

Mary Trump says her uncle, President Trump, will spend the transition period 'breaking stuff' with 'vengeance'
  • Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, said her uncle is likely to spend the transition period "breaking stuff" with "vengeance."
  • Writing for The Observer, the president's niece says she's worried that he will "go as far" as delegitimizing the new administration and passing pardons that "will demoralize us."
  • Her comments come as President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election after a knife-edge race that took several days.
The president's niece also said that talking up the possibility of Trump's 2024 presidential run is "just a face-saving exercise", which is a way of "distracting him from the fact that he's probably going to prison."

"What's interesting is that Donald has never won anything legitimately in his entire life, but because he has been so enabled by people along the way, he has never lost anything either," she wrote. "He's the kind of person who thinks that even if you steal and cheat to win, you deserve to win."

You can read Mary Trump's full piece here.

Accept that Donald Trump is not a fluke of American politics, and let it set this country free
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden won, but President Donald Trump still will not concede.
  • Trump is attempting an authoritarian breakthrough in the United States. By claiming that he won reelection, and trying to delegitimize the voting process, he is attempting to disenfranchise Americans so that he can retain power.
  • What he's doing is extremely anti-democratic and contrary to our stated values, but Trump is not a fluke of American politics.
  • Almost 70 million Americans voted for him. That's what is making this attempt at an authoritarian breakthrough possible.
  • If we want to make sure this never happens again, we have to acknowledge the antidemocratic American traits that made an authoritarian like Trump so successful. We have to understand why his message works in this democrtic country.
  • It's an ugly exercise of introspection, but if we do this and let go of our mythology of a perfect democracy, we can actually build a stronger democracy.
,,, And we cannot underestimate the appeal of what Trump sells. His lies about Democrats are meant to make those who stand with him feel self righteous about their hatred, and that's a seductive high. Some of his supporters would like to go back to the way things were when some Americans were disenfranchised because they believe this country belongs to white people and white people only. There are others who simply want to manipulate Trump's followers to gain power.

The difference between these groups is almost inconsequential now that we know that the logical conclusion of Trump's kind of rhetoric is demagoguery that will subvert democracy and the institutions we hold dear (by corrupting the Justice Department, for example).

In other words, the logical conclusion of Trumpism is a President who will make an authoritarian attempt.

It is important to note that Trump has created an "ism," because isms can survive individuals. And Trumpism is not only a set of political beliefs, but also a way to conduct politics — by spreading lies and misinformation, by disenfranchising people who may not be in the clan, by stoking racial divisons, by embracing nepotism and cronyism. Trumpism grasps for power for power's sake. It is a kind of brutal politics we see in weaker democracies around the world, but the seeds of it have been with us from the founding of the Republic. That is why this election was too close for comfort.

Of course, that Trumpism will live on after this presidency may not be something his supporters will live to be proud of. There are curiously few "isms" in American politics and they are generally looked down upon shamefully, McCarthyism for example. There is no Washingtonism or Lincolnism or Rooseveltism.

... Knowing this danger, it is imperative that we weaken Trumpism to the point that the history will recount, unequivocally, that it was without decency.

To America's credit, demagogues like Trump tend to be sticky, so to be rid of Trump after one election should be considered an accomplishment in some measure. It was very hard for Italy to get rid of Silvio Berlusconi, and France still can't shake off the Le Pen family. We did a good job holding Trump to a single term, but the work is not over.

For as long as Trumpism has power it will have the potential to make another authoritarian attempt. There are two ways to guard against this. One is to acknowledge the traits that make Americans uniquely vulnerable to Trumpism's specific form of demagoguery, and to reject politicians who manipulate or embrace them. The other is to build trust. In politics, trust is built by making people's lives better and by giving them something to believe in, not just something to be scared of.

Pranksters are flooding Trump's election fraud hotline to mock the president over his election defeat
  • An election fraud hotline set up by the Trump campaign is being deluged by pranksters mocking the president over his election defeat, reported ABC News.
  • The hotline was set up last week in an attempt to substantiate Trump's claims the election was being rigged, as vote counts and defeats in key states showed power slipping away from him.
  • The president's key allies are reportedly divided, with some in favor of pursuing election fraud claims in the courts, and others believing he needs to accept defeat.

Biden advisor says no White House official has reached out to President-elect Joe Biden
  • President-elect Joe Biden's senior advisor Symone Sanders on Sunday said that no one from the White House has contacted the former vice president since he was declared the projected winner of the election.
  • "I think the White House has made clear what their strategy is here and that they are going to continue to participate and push forward these flailing and in many respects, baseless, legal strategies," Sanders said.
  • Trump's presidential campaign has filed lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, with most of the litigation seeking to halt vote counts.

George W. Bush congratulated Biden and Harris, becoming the most prominent Republican to acknowledge their victory against Trump
  • Former President George W. Bush on Sunday released a statement that congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their win against incumbent President Donald Trump.
  • Bush also congratulated Trump for receiving more than 70,000,000 votes in the election and said the president was entitled to ask for recounts and pursue legal challenges.
  • In his statement, Bush echoed Biden's victory speech, calling for unity "for the sake of our families and neighbors, and for our nation and its future."

Sen. Mitt Romney calls for Americans to 'get behind' President-elect Joe Biden
  • Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the 2012 GOP presidential presidential nominee, called the country to support the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
  • President Donald Trump has still refused to acknowledge the results of the election, a day after most major news networks and agencies called the race for Biden.
  • Romney said that Trump "will accept the inevitable" once he has exhausted all legal avenues to contest the election results.
"You're not going to change the nature of President Trump in these last days, apparently, of his presidency," he said. "He is who he is, and he has a relatively relaxed relationship with the truth. He's going to keep on fighting until the very end. I'm convinced that once all remedies have been exhausted, if those are exhausted in a way that's not favorable to him, he will accept the inevitable."

Trump plans to share obituaries of dead people who he says voted, as he continues to push unproven voter fraud claims, Axios says
  • President Donald Trump plans to share obituaries of dead people who he says voted, sources reportedly told Axios.
  • The president and his allies have continued to make unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud, after major news networks called the election for President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday.
  • Reports of dead people voting began to spread rapidly online following the election and were promoted by Trump and other prominent Republicans. Some of those reports have been debunked, while others remain unproven.

Trump cites the 'best pollster in Britain' in baseless claims that Biden stole the election, but that pollster is accused of lying about having a PhD
  • President Donald Trump has not yet conceded his loss in the 2020 presidential election.
  • Instead, he has taken to Twitter to call the results illegitimate, using a pollster who is accused of lying about his academic history to bolster his argument.
  • The pollster Trump referenced in his tweet is Patrick Basham, whom sociology scholars have accused of faking his academic credentials.
  • "We have found no published source claiming Basham has a PhD from any other university," scholars wrote of Basham in 2008.

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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.