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Newsmax CEO Thinks Trump Should Concede When States Certify Elections, Would Support Overturning Electoral College

Chistopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, a conservative multimedia platform that has supported President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, said in an interview that Trump should concede the race when states certify their elections.



a person wearing a hat: President Donald Trump throws hats to supporters during a rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport November 2, 2020, in Avoca, Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania officially certified its election results for Joe Biden. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said in an interview that Trump should concede the race one states certify their results.


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President Donald Trump throws hats to supporters during a rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport November 2, 2020, in Avoca, Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania officially certified its election results for Joe Biden. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said in an interview that Trump should concede the race one states certify their results.

In a conversation with Isaac Chotiner published in The New Yorker on Tuesday, Ruddy discussed his close relationship with Trump and how Newsmax has chosen to support the president in the post-election news cycle.

But when asked whether or not the conservative media outlet would support an attempt by Trump to overturn certified election results, Ruddy said he

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Lindsey Graham Calls Biden, Pelosi and Schumer ‘Trifecta from Hell,’ Says They’ll End Electoral College

On Monday night, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called President-elect Joe Biden, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York a “trifecta from hell” and said that all three would help end the Electoral College.



Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: In a Monday night Fox News interview, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called President-elect Joe Biden, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer a "trifecta from Hell" and said that all three would help end the electoral college. In this September 27, 2018 photo, Graham speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.


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In a Monday night Fox News interview, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called President-elect Joe Biden, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer a “trifecta from Hell” and said that all three would help end the electoral college. In this September 27, 2018 photo, Graham speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Graham made his comments while appearing as a guest on the Fox News program Hannity, which was guest hosted Monday night by former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). He appeared on the show to predict the political ramifications if Democrats win the January special runoff

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States certifying results ahead of Electoral College meeting

Graphic shows states certified to date

Graphic shows states certified to date

States have begun certifying their results from the Nov. 3 presidential election in the run-up to the Electoral College meeting in mid-December.

Among the states certifying on Monday was Michigan, where President Donald Trump and his allies tried and failed to delay the process. The vote by a bipartisan state canvassing board in Michigan comes days after certification in Georgia, another hotly contested presidential battleground. Both states and their 16 electoral votes went to Biden.

A total of 16 states have so far certified their results, awarding President-elect Joe Biden 54 of his 306 Electoral College votes and Trump 73 of his 232 votes. Florida is the only one of the four most populous states to certify. Deadlines are early next month for the others: California, Texas and New York.

All states must certify before the Electoral College

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Michigan formally certified its Electoral College votes for Biden, another blow to Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results



a car parked in a parking lot: Motorists during a drive-by rally to certify the presidential election results near the Capitol building in Lansing. Paul Sancya/AP


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Motorists during a drive-by rally to certify the presidential election results near the Capitol building in Lansing. Paul Sancya/AP

  • Michigan’s four-member Board of State Canvassers voted on Monday to formally certify the state’s 16 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Democrats Jeannette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak and Republican Aaron Van Langevelde voted to certify, while Republican Norman Shinkle abstained. 
  • The board heard more than three hours of testimony and public comments from current and former election officials, party officials, and members of the public before taking a vote on certification.
  • Michigan’s statewide certification marks the president’s latest failure in overturning his electoral defeat.
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Michigan’s four-member Board of State Canvassers voted on Monday to formally certify the state’s 16 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, marking President Donald Trump’s latest failure overturn election results in key states.

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This alternative to the electoral college doesn’t require a constitutional amendment

Regarding the Nov. 16 editorial “Abolish the electoral college”:

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I wholeheartedly agree that “the electoral college . . . is no longer tenable for American democracy.” Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump took office even though the majority of voters cast ballots for their opponents. Why? Because the electoral college put them there. And earlier this month, we had to wait days to learn the results of the electoral college even as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden won the popular vote in a 6 million vote landslide.

The right to vote for our president is one of the most fundamental rights cherished by Americans. But when the will of the voters is overturned by an electoral system that undermines the principle of “one person, one vote” — a system with origins in a centuries-old deal to preserve the power of slaveholding states — it undermines the legitimacy

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Op-Ed: Even the Founders hated the electoral college

The electoral college has been an anachronism for over a century. If by some miracle we could bring the Founding Fathers back via time machine, they would almost to a man express surprise that we still elect presidents using the weirdly complicated, state-based framework they invented during the late summer of 1787. The electoral college is the sour note within the otherwise artful song called the Constitution, and it has produced grimaces and groans from generations of American students, outright bewilderment from the rest of the world and programmed political chaos in the 2020 election.

This institutional albatross is the product of a compromise reached in mid-to-late August of 1787 between the two competing factions at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia: the nationalists, who sought to replace the state-based government under the Articles of Confederation with a sovereign federal government; and the confederationists, who preferred modest reform of the Articles

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Trump supporters plan D.C. rally before electoral college votes cast

Women for America First, a group of conservative women at the center of organizing last week’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, has filed for another protest permit from the National Park Service.

On Dec. 12, according to the permit application, organizers again expect thousands of Trump faithful to gather in downtown D.C. The Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group known for their black-and-yellow garb and endorsement of violence, seemed to confirm on social media they would also be attending.

The Park Service has not yet granted the group’s request, although permits are not typically issued until the week of an event.

The Saturday rally, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., would bring a crowd of the president’s most ardent supporters to Washington two days before electors from each state and the District meet and vote for their designated candidates.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to walk away with

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The Electoral College is an invitation to disaster

If you voted in the 2020 presidential election, you own a share of something that America did just right. With record numbers and the highest turnout rate since 1908, it was remarkable for how smoothly the voting and counting went. And it came off against the worst pandemic in a century.



a group of people looking at a laptop: In this file photo, election personnel sort absentee ballot applications for storage at the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections offices on November 7, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia.


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In this file photo, election personnel sort absentee ballot applications for storage at the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections offices on November 7, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Everyone can be proud of that.

From coast to coast and from the right to the left, election officials, independent legal experts and federal prosecutors are on the same page: There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. The returns are accurate. There are no grounds to overturn the election.

However, there are lessons to apply.

— The most urgent is a

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Donald Trump Will Try To Convince State Republicans to Change Electoral College Rules to Win: Report

President Donald Trump is expected to appeal to Republican state legislators to alter rules that govern the appointment of electors in order to retain the presidency, according to a Thursday report from Reuters.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump's legal team may attempt to change the Electoral College rules in order to remain in office, according to reports.


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President Donald Trump’s legal team may attempt to change the Electoral College rules in order to remain in office, according to reports.

Trump has thus far refused to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, contesting the voting process in court in some battleground states. Some observers have criticized Trump’s allegations of widespread election manipulation as being presented without evidence. With many media outlets calling Biden the clear winner of the election, lawyers for Trump reportedly believe his best chance at remaining in office lies in states choosing to appoint electors who would not cast their votes for Biden.

States That Flipped Republican Or Democrat In The 2020 Election: Highlights

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How the Electoral College works in Wisconsin, and why it’s unlikely go against the popular vote

Joe Biden has won the popular vote by over 5 million votes, but in the United States, it’s the Electoral College count that really matters. Biden has more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win, although recounts are happening in several states. 



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The electors meet Dec. 14 to officially cast their ballots.

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Here’s how that process works in Wisconsin, and why it’s unlikely to go against the popular vote.

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How the Electoral College works in Wisconsin

The Electoral College was established in the U.S. Constitution and later modified by the 12th and 23rd Amendments.

Results: Statewide results, county breakdowns and more

Full coverage: Wisconsin election section

The Electoral College has 538 members, a number determined by adding the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the 100 members of

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