Donald Trump’s promotion of a heavily-criticized and largely debunked report regarding alleged fraud in the recent US presidential contest has revealed divisions among his closest advisors and aides.
The report was penned by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and claims the Democratic party instigated an election fraud scheme against the Trump campaign. Despite the numerous flaws and widespread criticism among the scientific and legal communities, the document was still touted by the outgoing President.
While it remains unclear if Trump is personally convinced by the document’s claims or simply using it as a political weapon, it has certainly split the opinion among his advisors.
A financial backer of the Trump campaign, Brad Parscale, had denounced the report beforehand, arguing it was a “total distraction” that did not need to be formally endorsed by the President. He argued the claims should only be taken to court if the evidence supported it.
However, some of Trump’s more senior advisors such as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and legal advisor Pat Cipollone, had reportedly counseled the President to promote the report as he believes that his base would take comfort in it.
Meanwhile, a former high-ranking member of the Trump White House, Omarosa Manigault Newman, has gone a step further in her criticism and argued that the entire report is simply a way to hijack the narrative and facilitate Trump’s return in 2024.
Though the report has certainly created a rift in the Trump camp over what should be done, multifaceted debates about it are likely to continue, with Republicans split across different factions. The incoming Biden Administration is likely to remain quite muted in response as they focus on a peaceful transition of power that prioritizes stability.