This Trump-supporting writer just admitted that his post-election fight is crashing and burning

This Trump-supporting writer just admitted that his post-election fight is crashing and burning
David Cay Johnston
Some of the GOP's biggest donors aren't sold on Trump's legal battle over the election

The Washington Examiner's Byron York will never be mistaken for a Never Trump conservative; he has been an outspoken defender of President Donald Trump throughout his time in office. But in his Friday newsletter, even York admits that the post-election tactics of Trump's legal team are going too far.

York's column discusses a news conference that was held on Thursday and featured Trump campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, all of whom have been claiming, without evidence, that Trump, not President-elect Joe Biden, really won the election and that Trump's campaign was a victim of widespread voter fraud.

According to York, the conference "marked a turning point of sorts in the way some Republicans view the president's challenge to election results around the country. Among those Republicans, Trump supporters all, there is concern that the attorneys' sensational theories of election fraud are hurting the president's cause rather than helping it."

York finds "Powell's presentation" to be "the most worrisome." Powell, York notes, "told reporters that Joe Biden's wins in some key states was the result of 'the massive influence of communist money through Venezuela, Cuba and likely China in the interference with our elections here in the United States.' The Dominion voting system and Smartmatic software used in the interference, Powell continued, was 'created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez' to corrupt elections there."

Powell insisted, "President Trump won by a landslide. We are going to prove it." But York emphasizes that "Powell offered nothing to prove what she said happened. Her case appeared to be that it could have happened. Nor has Powell or the rest of the Trump team filed a lawsuit alleging that it actually occurred."

Even Fox News' Tucker Carlson, York points out, said that Powell "never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests, polite requests. Not a page….. (She) never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another."

Giuliani, during the news conference, claimed, "I can prove to you that [Trump] won Pennsylvania by 300,000 votes. I can prove to you that he won Michigan by probably 50,000 votes." But Powell notes that the former New York City mayor offered no evidence to back up those claims. And he says that Ellis "essentially pleaded for more time to make the case…. But the Trump team needs to be fast. Time is passing."


York wraps up his newsletter by saying that Thursday's news conference did nothing to convince skeptics that Trump is the real winner of the 2020 presidential race.

"Without actually making the case, they are talking about a vast conspiracy, directed 'from a centralized place,' in Giuliani's words, to change hundreds of thousands, or millions of votes," he wrote. "By doing so, in the way they are doing it, they are losing support rather than making gains."

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