Donald Trump’s two sons have rebuked Republicans for failing to back the president as he struggles to win re-election.
Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr, accused the party of being “weak”. His brother Eric warned: “Our voters will never forget you if your [sic] sheep!”
Senior Republicans such as Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan have warned the Trump campaign against undermining the democratic process.
Don Jr took to Twitter to dish out his ire for those who may be eyeing up a presidential run in 2024.
“The total lack of action from virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP [Republican] hopefuls’ is pretty amazing,” he wrote.
“They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead. Don’t worry @realDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!”
The younger Trump later told supporters in Atlanta, Georgia – one of the key battleground states where votes are still being counted – that his father was right to mount legal challenges to the vote-counting process.
“I think the number one thing that Donald Trump can do in this election is fight each and every one of these battles to the death,” he said.
Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden could still win this, although as things stand Biden has a far easier path to victory.
The US presidential election is decided by the electoral college. Voters in each state pick electors, who then gather a few weeks after the vote to decide the winner.
Each elector equals one electoral vote, and the number of electoral votes per state is roughly in line with its population – so bigger states like Texas (38) and California (55) have more, while smaller states like Delaware (3) and Idaho (4) have fewer. In total there are 538 electoral votes, and a candidate needs more than half to win.
With 253 electoral votes already in the bag, Biden needs just 17 to pass the crucial threshold of 270 and take the White House. If he comes out on top in Pennsylvania (20) then he’s the next president-elect. (If this happens, expect the Trump camp to stand by their legal challenges.)
But he can also win by holding onto his lead in Nevada (6) and taking top spot in Arizona (11), which would net him exactly 270. In either case he wouldn’t need to win Georgia (16) – although as things stand he’s neck-and-neck with his Republican opponent in the state.
Donald Trump has a far narrower route to victory. To ensure his re-election he needs to take Pennsylvania – where his lead is narrowing by the hour as mail-in and absentee ballots are counted – as well as three of four states still outstanding: Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina. Alaska has also not finished counting, but barring a massive upset it will comfortably back Trump.
The US presidential election was on Tuesday, but we’re still waiting for a candidate to cross the magic mark of 270 electoral college votes. As things stand, Joe Biden has the advantage as counting continues:
- In Georgia, the two candidates are virtually neck-and-neck, with Trump’s lead cut to about 600 votes. Authorities have stated they will keep tallying the ballots and should hopefully have a result on Friday
- Biden has a lead of more than 11,000 votes in Nevada, after 89% of expected votes counted
- Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania has dropped to fewer than 20,000 votes as mail-in and absentee ballots are counted, with hundreds of thousands of votes remaining
- But Trump has cut the Democratic candidate’s lead in Arizona, with Biden leading by about 7,000 votes in the southwestern state
Alaska and North Carolina are also still counting, and Trump is leading in both states. But without wins in some of those four states where the counts are tight, Trump has no chance of winning re-election. Biden has more options to ensure a win.