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By Kerry Eleveld for Daily Kos
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After spending his entire presidency supposedly owning the libs, it turns out Donald Trump is the biggest snowflake of all. In the nearly two weeks since Election Day and fully a week since the major media outlets called the race, Trump has done almost nothing but hide away in his fence-fortified fortress and sulk.
His legal effort to dispute the results has been a complete and utter debacle, racking up at least 19 losses to one partial win and literally humiliating the lawyers tasked with trying to make Trump's case. Trump's laughable track record in court had election law experts and legal observers celebrating by week's end.
On Friday evening, former Justice Department official Neal Katyal declared Trump an "unprecedented loser in the courts" after he logged nine losses in a single day. "No litigant has lost more, so much, so fast," he said in an Instagram video parsing the losses. On top of that, Trump's main law firm in the election disputes, Jones Day, dropped him as a client. More than a dozen federal prosecutors also urged Attorney General Bill Barr to rescind his memo -- authorizing them to investigate voting irregularities, saying they had found none and the directive "thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics."
Additionally, on Thursday, a coalition of federal, state, and local election officials declared the 2020 election "the most secure in American history" mere hours after Trump tweeted out a baseless ALL CAPS conspiracy theory about votes being stolen from him.
Summing up the week, UC Irvine law professor and election law analyst Rick Hasen tweeted, "I'm a heck of a lot less nervous about this election at the end of this week than I was at the beginning of it."
Yep, that tracks. It's as if nearly everyone outside of GOP lawmakers and partisan hacks spent the week cutting off every single avenue available to Trump. He may not concede, but he has no legal leg left to stand on and no conspiracy left to sell that hasn't been thoroughly destroyed and debunked. In fact, Trump has followed up his election loss by being an even bigger loser in the courts. So positively Trumpian.
The only safe space loser Trump has left is within a Republican party replete with lawmakers still happily coddling the snowflake-in-chief to meet their craven political ends. Simply put, Senate Republicans need his voters to keep their majority. So, in yet another flagrant dereliction of duty, congressional Republicans have been privately relaying their congratulations to Joe Biden while publicly insisting the election isn't decided yet even as Trump's denialism jeopardizes national security.
At the beginning of the week, one senior GOP official brushed off Trump's legal exercise in futility as harmless enough, according to the Washington Post.
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