In the United States, Hamza “Travis” Nagdy, 21-years-old, was shot and killed on November 23rd.
He became a new “symbol of gun violence”.
Protests in the US are continuing, but are obviously getting much more screen time, since US President Donald Trump is outgoing, so that must mean that the country is instantly improving.
Pro-Trump protests subsided, after taking place significantly on November 15th, and it appears that there are no more protests planned.
On November 23rd, the General Services Administration (GSA) has informed President-elect Joe Biden and his team that the Trump administration is ready to begin the transition process.
GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee, sent a letter to Biden saying that he would have access to federal resources and services to facilitate a presidential transition.
Trump in two tweets sent after Murphy’s letter went out said he was recommending that his administration begin the transition, though he did not concede his loss to Biden and said he would keep fighting.
…fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020
The tweets marked a shift for Trump, who has refused to acknowledge the results of the election since Biden was first projected as the winner.
The move comes roughly three weeks after the presidential election, amid mounting pressure on Murphy to ascertain Biden as the winner so that millions of dollars in federal resources would be freed up and Biden’s team would be given access to government agencies in order to help with the transition process.
“As the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, I have the ability under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, to make certain post-election resources and services available to assist in the event of a presidential transition,” Murphy wrote.
“I take this role seriously and, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, am transmitting this letter today to make those resources and services available to you,” she added.
Murphy wrote that she came to the decision independently and that she was “never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official” in the timing or substance of her decision.
She noted that she received threats to her safety and that of her family.
Prior to Murphy’s letter, the GSA had offered to brief the heads of key House committees on Nov. 30 about the transition process, a move that garnered pushback from Democrats who demanded that the briefing take place this week instead.
Murphy’s letter was sent the same day the Democratic leaders of multiple key House and Senate committees slammed the GSA administrator for not moving forward with certifying Biden’s win, accusing her of undermining national security by not doing so.
America is back.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 24, 2020
The Biden transition team welcomed the formal ascertainment, calling it a “needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.”
“In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies,” Biden transition official Yohannes Abraham said in a statement.
Trump’s legal claims appear to be reaching no success, as well.
On November 21st, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, a Republican and Federalist Society member in central Pennsylvania, compared the campaign’s legal arguments to “Frankenstein’s Monster,” concluding that Trump’s team offered only “speculative accusations,” not proof of rampant corruption.
On November 22nd, the Trump campaign filed notice it would appeal the decision to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a day before the state’s 67 counties are set to certify their results and send them to state officials.
Trump’s Lawyer, Rudy Giuliani is attempting to continue the legal fight.
“Some of the ballots looked suspicious,” Giuliani, 76, said of the vote count in Philadelphia as he stood behind a chain link fence, next to a sex shop. He maligned the city as being run by a “decrepit Democratic machine.”
“Those mail-in ballots could have been written the day before, by the Democratic Party hacks that were all over the convention center,” Giuliani said. He promised to file a new round of lawsuits. He rambled.
“This is a very, very strong case,” he asserted.
Not a single court has found merit in the core legal claims, but that did not stop Trump’s team from firing off nearly two dozen legal challenges to Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, including an early morning suit on Election Day filed by a once-imprisoned lawyer.
Currently, it seems that Trump’s voter fraud legal claims are all doomed to entire fail, and the power transition appears to be planned to run smoothly, without issue.
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