Voter Lawsuits Dropped, Dealing Another Blow To President Trump’s Hopes

( For the first time, President Donald Trump signaled that he lost the election over the weekend, even though he refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden.

In a tweet sent Sunday morning, Trump wrote:

“He won because the Election was Rigged. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go.”

That “long way” references Trump’s ongoing lawsuits challenging the election results in a few of the battleground states. Most of those haven’t gone very far as of this point, though.

At the same time, similar lawsuits brought by voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania were all withdrawn on Monday morning, too.

All four lawsuits were being brought by James Bopp Jr., a conservative attorney known around the country. They were seeking to block the win by Biden before the Electoral College went ahead and formalized it.

After a federal appellate court judge ruled that voters couldn’t bring some of their constitutional claims, the voters announced they would be dropping their lawsuit. The ruling by that judge essentially shut down the case’s path in Pennsylvania.

At the same time all of this is going on, some of the top advisers within the Trump administration are starting to signal that the president did indeed loose.

On Monday, Robert O’Brien, the national security adviser, promised to ensure there would be a professional transition from Trump and the White House National Security Council “if” Biden were officially named the winner. He did go on to say that “obviously things look that way now.”

During a discussion at the Soufan Center’s Global Security Forum, O’Brien said:

“If there is a new administration, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies … if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — and obviously, things look that way now — we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council.”

There’s a thought process that some of the top advisers are starting to break from Trump’s line of thinking as a way to potentially preserve their careers after the president leaves office.

Former chief Pentagon speechwriter John Gans Jr. explained:

“O’Brien’s comments and actions are a reminder that transitions go both ways: although most in Washington focus on who’s going into government, there are just as many folks coming out. O’Brien’s recent comments do more than acknowledge basic math. They make clear the tension inherent in this moment for those who’ve mastered life in the alternative reality of the Trump universe.

“O’Brien’s the first of many who will try and surely find the exit from Trump’s circle just as fraught and full of friction — and surely as unsatisfying — as life within it.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also made comments recently that ensured a professional transition. He said:

“The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today, successful today and successful with a president who’s in office on January 20 a minute after noon, will also be successful.”