Karl Rove, Republican strategist, wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that acknowledged there is little likelihood of the election results being overturned, regardless of the number of lawsuits the Trump campaign is throwing at various states.
The publication in Rupert Murdoch’s conservative newspaper makes it one of the most high-profile efforts to encourage Trump to accept that he lost and move on.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is correct that Mr. Trump is “100% within his rights” to go to court over concerns about fraud and transparency. But the president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.
To win, Mr. Trump must prove systemic fraud, with illegal votes in the tens of thousands. There is no evidence of that so far. Unless some emerges quickly, the president’s chances in court will decline precipitously when states start certifying results, as Georgia will on Nov. 20, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan on Nov. 23, Arizona on Nov. 30, and Wisconsin and Nevada on Dec. 1. By seating one candidate’s electors, these certifications will raise the legal bar to overturn state results and make it even more difficult for Mr. Trump to prevail before the Electoral College meets Dec. 14.
After the op-ed, more conservatives are starting to suggest the same.
But meanwhile, back at the Fox News desks, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Karl Rove concluded his op-ed by suggesting the country needs unity.
Closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium. Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.