As doses of a coronavirus vaccine are being prepared to be shipped to communities across the United States, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to mark a historic milestone for science - and show some semblance of leadership in curbing the spread of Covid-19 as the number of USA cases crosses 16 million.
On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit backed by Trump seeking to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's election victory, a move that ended a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation's highest court.
Trump did not challenge any ballots cast in counties he won.
A day after being thwarted by the top court, Trump lost yet another when a federal judge (who was appointed by Trump) said the campaign's arguments to have the court order Wisconsin's Legislature to award the electors to Trump "fail as a matter of law and fact".
The lawsuit was supported by 18 state attorneys general and 106 Republican members of Congress.
The lawsuit, filed this week by the state of Texas, sought to invalidate results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede despite losing to Biden.
The Trump campaign and its allies have filed dozens of lawsuits challenging the vote count in numerous states, but state and federal judges have rejected nearly every one.
The Case Tracker of the Election Law project at Ohio State University now lists 51 cases where Trump attacks election results in different states, consisting of thousands upon thousands of pages with legal texts.
Some users on the social media platform had noticed earlier on Saturday that the ability to like, re-tweet or reply to Trump's tweets with a "disputed" label was not working. State election officials have said they have found no evidence of such fraud. He also retweeted a conspiracy theory about voter fraud declaring that "Joe Biden will not set foot in that White House".
In a statement released by the president-elect's transition team, Hunter Biden said on Wednesday that the US Attorney's Office in DE was investigating his tax affairs, which he said he had handled "legally and appropriately".
At one point during the event, two helicopters passed over the protest, prompting many to believe Trump was on board, heading to the annual American football game between the U.S. army and navy in NY.
In a Twitter post, the president-elect heralded Saturday's anniversary of the adoption of the Paris climate accord.
"The people of the United States were cheated, and our Country disgraced".
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