What Happens Now? The Routes and Obstacles to a Prophesied Trump Win

The next two weeks should largely determine the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election

Seaborn Hall, 12/05/20, updated 12/09/20

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Tuesday, December 8 is ‘Safe Harbor Day,’ the date that every state has to resolve election disputes and appoint Electors to vote in the Electoral College on December 14. Safe Harbor Day is stipulated by a Federal code that came into being as a result of the 1876 Presidential Election dispute.

On January 6, Congress meets to count the electoral college votes. In between now and January 6 – or even January 20, Inauguration Day? (We’re not sure) – the Supreme Court could get involved and possibly disallow any state’s electoral college votes.

Article II, Section 1 and Amendment 12 of the Constitution stipulates that State Legislatures are responsible for state election processes and the appointment of Electors. Where things get ‘sticky’ is that state legislatures have latitude within the state to delegate responsibility in different ways. There is also a Federal code that stipulates that in electoral vote disputes that Congress must accept a State Governor’s electoral vote submission. How these stipulations might be interpreted by the Courts is anybody’s guess.

The Constitution also does not specifically address what happens in the case of massive voter or election fraud. All said, here are some of the possible outcomes of the 2020 Presidential Election and the routes and obstacles to them.

If Biden Receives 270 or more Electoral Votes on December 14, Can Trump Still Win?

Yes, and no. One possible route for a Trump win in this scenario would be an Electoral vote challenge in Congress.

Congress convenes on January 6 to confirm the Electoral College vote. State electoral votes are read alphabetically. As they are read, a House member and Senate member together may ‘challenge’ a state’s vote. If one member from both houses issues a written challenge to the vote Congress must adjourn for 2 hours to debate the challenge. When Congress reconvenes there is a roll-call vote (every member votes) for both Houses. The House and the Senate must independently support the challenge (deny the electoral votes) by simple majority.

The problem for Trump here is that at least three state’s votes must be challenged (to prevent a Biden majority) and there is barely a Republican majority in the Senate, and it is dependent on the Georgia Special Senatorial Election on January 5. The House has about a 10 member Democratic majority (still to be determined). Are there ten righteous Democrats in the House who would support challenges to at least three state’s electoral votes? We doubt it.

Various voices, including Rep. Matt Gaetz and others, have suggested a Congressional challenge to the Electoral College vote count in Congress on January 6.

For other problems with this see the Common Sense Interpretation Facebook page and the Matt Gaetz video.

Another, and more likely in our opinion, route to a Trump victory if Biden wins the Electoral College vote is Supreme Court intervention. Sometime between now and January 6 it is possible that the Supreme Court could decide to intervene and hear – either directly or on appeal – Trump legal cases relative to three or four battleground state elections.

There are four Trump Team legal suits filed presently – other parties, including Sydney Powell, have filed their own independent lawsuits. Texas, and some other States who have joined them, has also recently filed a lawsuit challenging results in battleground states directly to the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court ruled that three or more battleground state electors must be set aside due to Voter or Election Fraud, then Congress would be bound to honor that decision on January 6.

The question here is, again, would Democrats honor a Supreme Court decision or would there still be a battle in Congress? A further question would be whether the Supreme Court would even be willing or compelled to intervene if an Electoral College vote had chosen a President. They recently refused to hear a Pennsylvania appeal on a lawsuit filed by a State Representative.

Most of the time justices do not want to intervene to counter or restrict the People’s choice. But, this is a unique year and a unique election.

The Electoral College Vote: The More Hopeful Result is a Trump Win December 14

A Trump win could take place if three or more state legislatures in the battleground states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, or Nevada de-certified Biden electors and replaced them with Trump electors on December 14 in the Electoral College vote. According to Federal code, this should take place by Tuesday, December 8. Why would they do this?

Trump’s legal team has made appeals relative to massive voter and election fraud to four GOP-controlled legislatures in the states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona. If three or more of these states de-certified their electors and appointed Trump electors, Trump would win. If they de-certified their electors and failed to replace them, Biden would be denied a majority of 270 votes.

According to Jenna Ellis, Trump Team attorney, all the State Legislatures need to do is to meet and vote in a simple majority to pass a resolution denying or re-appointing Electors to the Electoral College. In this way, a Biden majority could be denied or a Trump win assured.

See the Common Sense Interpretation Facebook Page and the Jenna Ellis video for more.

The question here is a somewhat clouded Federal and State code regulation set governing the appointment of electors and the governing of who appoints electors in a controversy. Mark Levin just tweeted that 76 Pennsylvania legislatures have signed a letter to Congress asking them to de-certify the States electors. This seems like a hopeful sign until you realize what we just outlined above – a Congressional challenge to Biden electors will most likely fail.

As of December 8, 2020, PA, AZ, and GA could still be in play for Trump up until December 14, the Electoral College vote…

Legislators in all the battleground states are still working to de-certify the Biden vote, the problem is that most State legislatures have already adjourned for the year and they need either a majority petition or Governor approval to re-convene in a Special Session. It could still happen, but Never Trump Republicans and Democrats, like the GA Governor, PA Governor and other Legislator leaders in multiple states are preventing it so far.

A new Texas lawsuit against several Battleground States has just been filed with the support of multiple other states – and possibly the Trump Administration. State against State cases go directly to the Supreme Court. This may be Trump’s best chance to be heard in the Supreme Court.

December 8 is Safe Harbor Day (last day for states to appoint electors), but the date may not be as important as some think, because its stipulated by Federal Code, not the Constitution…there is even some question about whether the specific day of Dec 14, the Electoral College Vote, is binding…some are saying that the election can be overturned anytime before Jan 20, Inauguration Day, the only date specified as closing an election contest in the U.S. Constitution.

For now it appears that if State Legislatures do not de-certify the Biden vote by December 14, the Election decision will be left to a possible Supreme Court decision and to Congress on January 6. Overturning anything after a Congressional decision would be difficult indeed.

If State legislatures punt the decision to Congress – which Pennsylvania appears to do by this letter – it is not a hopeful sign for Trump. State legislatures need to convert Biden electors to Trump electors, which, according to the Constitution and Federal code they have the power to do. If they do, Trump wins.

If they do not and Biden is merely denied 270 electoral votes December 14, this would kick the election to the House of Representatives on January 6 in what is called a Contingent Election.

What is a Contingent Election?

In a Contingent Election the House of Representatives votes for President and the Senate votes for Vice-President. This takes place January 6 when the Congress convenes to count Electoral College votes at 1 pm.

In a Contingent Election in the House each State is allowed one vote for President per State. The representatives of each state convene and vote for their Presidential candidate. In a simple majority the winning candidate becomes the vote for that state. As of the 2020 Election there are 26 Republican majority states and 23 Democratic states and one split state in Congress.

Though there are more Democrats than Republicans by members in the House of Representatives (by approximately 10 members, depending on final 2020 election results) there are more states with more Republican members than Democrat members.

As of Election 2020 there are 26 States in the House with a majority of Republican members, 23 States with a majority of Democrat members and one State with an even number of Republicans versus Democrats.

If States cast their one vote per State in the House, then Trump and Mike Pence (the Senate vote) would most likely win under these circumstances.

What if the Supreme Court Invalidates 38 Or More Electoral Votes After December 14?

Additionally, if the Supreme Court intervenes sometime after December 14 and invalidates three state’s electoral votes numbering 38 electoral votes or more, this would also invalidate Biden’s win and kick the decision to Congress on January 6, 2021. 

Since the sitting Vice-President presides over Congress in this situation, one would expect that when the State’s electoral votes are read that he would dis-allow the votes invalidated by the Supreme Court. This would undoubtedly be immediately challenged by Democrats. As long as the GOP majority continues to control the Senate, one would think that in a simple majority vote on whether to uphold the Democrat challenge, it would not be upheld. The House would vote for it, but the Senate would vote against it. 

In this situation either Trump would prevail with a simple majority of Electoral votes, or it would, again, go to a Contingent Election.

Christian Prophecy and the Election Process and Result

Interestingly, Dana Coverstone, a Kentucky pastor, has had a series of prophetic dreams accurately depicting certain elements of the election and the election process (for those who understand symbolic interpretation – see our Spiritual Life Page and Archives for more). Dana Coverstone’s ‘The Data Dream’ predicts the death of VP Biden’s Presidential candidacy on December 17.

Dana’s ‘Data Dream’ also seems to predict a battle in Congress – a battle that could be both an electoral challenge and a Contingent Election.

See our interpretation of Dana’s ‘Data Dream’ here for how we believe this may play out.

Additionally, another prophetic voice in Tennessee, Terry Bennett, has predicted a political ‘Battle of the Bulge’ at the end of this year. The ‘Battle of the Bulge’ was the third-largest battle of WWII and occurred from December 16, 1944 until the end of January 1945. The major part of the battle began with a German ‘surprise attack’ on December 16 and lasted until the Germans started to retreat on January 7. 

The Allies (Trump’s side in the analogy) were largely in control when the Germans (the Democratic side in the analogy) surprise attacked and almost broke through Allied lines. The battle was the bloodiest of the war and lasted until the end of January 1945. Terry also predicts that the election battle will go on into January.

See Terry’s video of this prophecy on our 12/6/20 Spiritual Life Page.

Even if Trump is able to reverse the election in mid-December, it is likely that there will continue to be a battle for power that is to go to at least January 6 when Congress convenes – and may go all the way to the Inauguration on January 20, and beyond.

Summary

Even with a Trump win in the Electoral College or a combination of the Electoral College vote and some Supreme Court decision either before or after, it is likely that a partisan battle will go on over the election until sometime in January.

If Biden is able to get 270 or more electoral votes on December 14 in the Electoral College Trump’s chances become much more slim and rely primarily on either Supreme Court intervention after the vote – unprecedented as far as we know – or on an Electoral vote challenge in Congress which only has a slim chance to succeed because of the Democratic (roll-call members) majority in the House. An Electoral vote challenge by the Democrats, based on a Supreme Court invalidation of Biden votes, is more likely to be decided in Trump’s favor.

The routes and obstacles to a Trump win are complicated by the Federal and State codes governing elections and electors and who might be considered valid in a controversial situation like Election Fraud on which the Constitution is largely silent. This could result in unforeseen pathways to a final result.

That said, at present it seems very likely that the next two weeks will largely determine the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election.

 

Resources

We referenced the AEI’s 140+ page Electoral College 2020 Guide for much of the information here, but our sources also include various articles, recent media videos, and more, including:

Electoral College Deadlines Not Set In Stone, The Epoch Times

Set in Stone? A Legal Examination of Electoral College Laws, The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society

 

Related Links

Dana Coverstone’s ‘Data Dream’ Interpretation – The Death Of VP Biden as a Presidential Candidate – and the death of America as we know it

Where Are We in Dana Coverstone’s Dreams – and what comes next?