President Donald Trump, in his first full interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden earlier this month, acknowledged his lost path to reversing the 2020 election results in court on Sunday.
“Well, the problem is that getting to the Supreme Court is difficult,” Trump told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures after hostess Maria Bartiromo asked him when he expected his challenges to arise the judges would manage.
“I have the best lawyers in the Supreme Court, attorneys who want to discuss the case when it gets there. They said, ‘It’s very hard to get a case up there,'” Trump added. “Can you imagine Donald Trump, President of the United States, filing a case and I probably can’t get a case.”
Trump said his cases, which legal experts have described as far-fetched, should make it to the Supreme Court but did not predict they would.
“It sounds like you lose if you can’t be heard by the Supreme Court. Do you think you’ll win this?” Bartiromo asked once.
“We should be heard by the Supreme Court. Something has to be able to get up there, otherwise what is the Supreme Court?” Said Trump. When asked if he still had a way to win, Trump said he hoped it would.
Trump has refused to admit despite the fact that NBC News and all of the other major outlets have phoned the race for Biden. Biden is expected to win 306 electoral college votes, well above the 270 votes needed to win.
The president’s assessment on Sunday was more dejected than public statements by his legal team, and appeared to suggest that if he does not offer a concession, he is nearing recognition of his loss.
On Thursday, Trump said for the first time that if the electoral college votes for the Democrat, he will leave the White House. Voters will cast their votes on December 14th. Trump didn’t say on Sunday when he could give up his challenges.
The president and his campaign have pushed courts across the country to delay confirming the election results, arguing unfounded that competition has been hampered by widespread fraud.
These lawsuits were denied by almost every judge for review. More than two dozen cases filed by Republican interests that contested voting and counting procedures have been disapproved, dismissed or withdrawn, according to an NBC news list.
Many of the cases were filed in Pennsylvania, a state that Biden turned over. On Friday, a Philadelphia-based federal appeals court denied contesting the Trump campaign in a damning statement that found the “claims have no value.”
The President’s Legal Adviser Jenna Ellis then posted a statement on Twitter that she attributed to herself and Rudy Giuliani, another member of the President’s Legal Team, promising, “Go to SCOTUS!”
The president spent most of the interview on Sunday, which lasted about 45 minutes, falsely claiming that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
It takes four of the nine Supreme Court justices to agree to a hearing and a majority to make a decision.
Three of the court judges have been called to the bench by Trump, though the judges don’t always rule in favor of the president who appointed them. Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, both appointed by Trump, have stood against the president in the past.
Prior to the election, Trump had predicted that the race would ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court and urged Justice to get Amy Coney Barrett on the bench. The Democrats urged Barrett to back out of all race-related disputes despite refusing to commit to them.
The Supreme Court weighed a controversial presidential election in the 2000 Bush v Gore case, even though the results of the race were much closer this year.
While Trump has not yet officially conceded, his administration began last week to provide Biden with transition resources as required by law.