At this point, Trump “has given up on the legal issues,” Bolton said, pointing out that Trump’s campaign has lost almost all of the legal challenges it has brought across the country.
“I think what he’s trying to do now is create enough confusion to break what is known as the ‘Safe Harbor’ rule in the electoral college process,” said Bolton. “I think he’s playing as long as he can and hoping something will happen.”
“This is no longer a legal exercise,” said Bolton. “As we saw on Friday when Michigan lawmakers were called to the Oval Office, this is now an exercise of raw political power.”
Still, it is unlikely that voters could violate the election results and vote for Trump over Biden. Many states have laws that penalize or prevent voters from voting against the elected candidate, and states parties tend to vote loyalty as voters.
Maryland Republican Larry Hogan, who appeared separately on CNN’s State of the Union, said he was “embarrassed that more people in the party are not speaking out against Trump’s actions to influence voters.”
“I found the pressure from lawmakers to somehow change the outcome with the voters,” said Hogan. “We were the most respected country in terms of elections. And now we look like we’re a banana republic.”
Hogan admitted that fear of reprisals from Trump could be a factor if Republicans don’t speak out against the president.
“We all know how vengeful the president can be, how powerful his Twitter account is, and how he can really press and prosecute Republicans,” Hogan said. “Very few of us are ready to stand up.”
But the number of critics is growing, he added. “And I think the others talk quietly and tell the president their advice on what to do. He just doesn’t follow any advice.”
Both Bolton and Hogan expressed confidence that Biden will be sworn in as president on January 20.