Donald Trump on brink: Republicans ‘privately don’t like President’ as Joe Biden nears win

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The President looks set to lose his place in the White House as Joe Biden moves closer to victory. The Democrats lead in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada and are awaiting mostly mail-in ballots which have predominantly been cast by Biden supporters. The President has taken legal action to try and stop votes being counted in some states, and recounts could yet delay his defeat. Experts have warned that the Republicans legal efforts are unlikely to change Mr Trump’s election fate. He hasn’t been helped by figures from his own party condemning President Trump’s efforts to resist the election result.

Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, criticised Mr Trump for claiming the election was being stolen.

He said: “Doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world… and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions.”

As the Republican Party splits, US politics expert Dr Nigel Bowles tells that there are some in the party who “don’t have much regard” for the President.

The Oxford University professor said: “Trump is not a single actor here, he has over the last four years succeeded in bringing together and bringing behind him almost all his party to a degree which is absolutely astonishing.

“Almost everyone on almost all issues almost all of the time. It’s quite remarkable.

“Now many of those people privately don’t have much regard for him, they’ll say all sorts of things in private at dinner parties and in conversations with friends.

“But the fact of the matter is the vast majority of them vote with him all the time.”

Despite his impressive authority in the party, Dr Bowles warned that President Trump can’t reverse his election nightmare without his colleagues.

He continued: “He is constrained by these same figures however, and those figures are concerned about their own futures.

“They will be thinking about what’s going on now and what implications this has for the party in the next four to eight years, as well as their own chances.

“I think for Trump to be effective in any litigation surrounding the election, it will not only have to be a powerfully good case on its own terms, he will also need general support in the party.

“It would not be surprising if support among the Republican Party officials was less committed or persuaded of his case.”

Dr Bowles added that President Trump could go to great lengths to try and avoid defeat.

He said: “I don’t think this is just him posturing because I think he is an accomplished political tactician.

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“He has a visceral sense of the range of opinions in his coalition.

“He has a New York property dealer’s sense of what is necessary to close a deal, and he is relatively unconstrained by convention.

“So he will do what is necessary. I’m not making a moral judgement on this, observationally he appears to take risks he thinks necessary to prevail.

“He has usually prevailed in his life. He hasn’t lost an election yet.”

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