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President Donald Trump has vowed to continue fighting election fraud and is taking his battle on the road.
The president is reportedly planning several rallies where he will “brandish obituaries of people who supposedly voted” in the ongoing effort to challenge the results of last week’s elections, according to a new report. The rallies will be held in key states as legal cases have been filed and vote counting continues, despite the media’s premature call to name Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner.
The Trump campaign is mounting its troops for the battle ahead and rallies will serve to highlight some of the litigation efforts being presented in exposing alleged voter fraud and corruption. Obituaries of those who have supposedly voted even though they have died will be part of the “specific pieces of evidence” that will be employed in the war, Axios reported Sunday, citing remarks from four Trump advisers.
Campaign-style rallies will be held as a way to back the ongoing legal cases and new ones being planned in states such as Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
“We want to make sure we have an adequate supply of manpower on the ground for man-to-man combat,” one adviser told Axios.
Rep. Doug Collins will reportedly be leading the Trump campaign’s vote recount efforts in Georgia where 92 staffers have been relocated from Florida in preparation. Collins, a vocal supporter of the president, unsuccessfully challenged incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler for a U.S. Senate seat in a special election.
“Republicans stand by the ideal that every eligible voter should be able to vote legally and have it be counted,” Collins said after the announcement that he would be overseeing recount efforts in his state.
This is not over.
We won’t stop fighting! https://t.co/ZrcyiI2EGm
— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) November 9, 2020
Kory Langhofer, who was the counsel for Trump’s 2016 transition, will be the lead attorney representing Trump in Arizona, according to Axios. The state is still in the midst of counting votes, with more than 70,000 ballots still not tallied as of Sunday evening, according to AZCentral. Biden currently leads by a hair with a few thousand votes separating him from Trump.
In the hotly contested state of Pennsylvania, Ronald Hicks will be leading Trump’s legal efforts. Hicks is a partner in the Porter Wright law firm in Pittsburgh and co-chairs the firm’s election law practice.
Additional lawyers and other Trump surrogates are being assembled across the nation as well, with the formal legal defense team so far including 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, lawyer Justin Clark, and senior advisers Jason Miller and David Bossie.
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has reportedly joined Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania in advising the president.
“We all have the same goal in mind, which is using the legal process over the next many days and weeks ahead to make sure that the president is re-elected,” one adviser told Axios which reported that the president’s team said there is “no daylight” between them and the White House.
In addition to the planned rallies, a “campaign-style media operation” is also being gathered by the Trump team. It will be headed by Trump communications director Tim Murtaugh and will serve as a “surrogate messaging center,” according to Axios.
One advisor told the outlet that the Murtaugh-led team will raise money to fund the legal defense and issue “regular press briefings, releases on legal action and obviously things like talking points and booking people strategically on television.”
Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.