As ever, Donald Trump’s Twitter feed told a tale: “WE WILL WIN!” he tweeted, four days after HE HAD LOST.
If that wasn’t a stark reflection of the distance still to travel, his secretary of state told a news conference around the same time: “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.
Inside the White House, something surely has to give. Publicly, there is no guarantee but privately, there is some guidance that it’s a matter of time. Trump is still president for 10 weeks – how is he spending his final moments?
“What is the downside for humouring him for this little bit of time?” a Republican Party official told The Washington Post.
“Those lawsuits will fail, then he’ll tweet some more about how the election was stolen, and then he’ll leave.”Advertisement
So far, so reassuring. But the question is what trouble can President Trump cause between now and a Joe Biden inauguration on 20 January?
There might never be a concession from the current president but, in practical terms, that’s not a necessity.