Mike Pompeo Jokes, Hopefully, About ‘a Smooth Transition To a Second Trump Administration’
Top Trump administration officials and Republican legislators continue to humor the idea that, contra the vote count thus far, President Donald Trump might have won the presidential election and could soon be inaugurated for a second term.
“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with a slight chuckle today in response to a question at a press briefing about whether the U.S. State Department was working with the Biden transition team, and if any delay in working with the transition team would hinder national security.
“We’re going to count all the votes. When the process is complete, there’ll be electors selected. There’s a process. The Constitution lays it out pretty clearly. The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today, successful today, and successful with the president that’s in office on January 20th a minute after noon,” said Pompeo.
When asked if he believed that there was widespread voter fraud, as Trump is claiming, Pompeo said that “we must count every legal vote. We must make sure any vote that wasn’t lawful ought not be counted.”
Given his follow up comments, the most plausible reading of Pompeo’s remark about a “second Trump administration” is that it was tactless snark about the Trump campaign’s electoral lawsuits.
It was still an incredibly inappropriate remark given the tensions of the current moment, and the fact that Trump’s legal challenges are still ongoing. That the comment is being so widely interpreted as an endorsement of Trump’s stolen election claims is yet more reason why Pompeo shouldn’t have said it.
The secretary’s churlish comments put him in the ranks of other Republican officials who would rather assuage Trump’s feel
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