Donald Trump and Melania won’t be making the annual trip to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving this year. The duo will celebrate the holiday at the White House where aides say a “bunker mentality” has taken over.
Since Joe Biden was declared president-elect, Donald Trump has kept a low profile only making two public appearances. He gave a COVID-19 press briefing and attended a Veterans Day event appearing solemn.
According to his schedule, Trump was scheduled to travel to Florida next week to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at his private resort, Mar-a-Lago. On Tuesday, Melania’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, announced the Trump’s would be staying at the White House for the holiday.
Trump still refuses to concede the election to Biden and continues to push baseless claims of voter fraud. Media outlets including the New York Times, Associated Press, and CNN called the election for Biden back on November 7.
Since then, reports from the White House say that Trump has confined himself to his private room in the White House and the Oval Office. He watches television news relentlessly, and his ego is said to be “fragile.”
Trump’s schedule for Wednesday showed “no public events,” which is the 11th day since the election in which it had done so.
It has been reported that Trump’s mood is “bleak” and when the change for Thanksgiving was made the White House felt like it had a “bunker mentality.”
Perhaps Trumps mood has something to do with a new report from ABC News that paints a troubling picture of the president and his efforts to contest election results. That outlet reports some dissension in the ranks.
As the Trump campaign is reportedly plunging into civil war. While the president refuses calls for him to concede. This coming as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was recently picked to lead Trump’s legal challenge.
Pres. Trump has struggled to gain traction in his appeal. With a number of court losses and setbacks around the country, plus two leading law firms have dropped him in recent days. Both Porter Wright Morris & Arthur along with Jones Day have quit representing Trump. Which followed heavy pressure by outside forces.
Over the weekend, Giuliani and his own team of lawyers, which also includes Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis, attempted what is described to ABC News as an internal campaign “coup”— an attempt to wrestle power away from longstanding Trump campaign leadership by claiming the president had given them full control moving forward, sources said. Ellis told the remaining campaign staff that they should only follow orders from people named “Rudy or Jenna” and to ignore any other directives from campaign leadership, sources familiar with the episode said. The directive sparked outrage from senior campaign aides including Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and senior adviser Jason Miller,
Though Miller looked to set the record straight. “To the dismay of the fake news, there’s no division here. I have full confidence in Jenna’s abilities as a lawyer and as an effective communicator on behalf of the President, and I look forward to working with her to help deliver the win for President Trump,”
And Ellis answered, “This is yet another fake news distraction from the real story of election fraud, ABC refuses to give our legal or communications team air time to talk about our litigation, but they’ll run with anonymous gossip alleging people are calling me names and trying to undermine our team. That should tell you everything you need to know about the media’s priorities.”
Yet many wonder when it will end. A Nevada judge was quoted, “At what point does this get ridiculous?” That’s a good question.
It is said that Trump believes his supporters want him to “keep fighting”. Trump’s usually spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago surrounded by his family. He spends most of the week on the golf course.
Last year Trump tried to accuse Democrats of trying to change the name of Thanksgiving. “You know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving,” Trump told a rally in Sunrise, Florida in 2019. “They don’t want to use the term ‘Thanksgiving.'”
Joe Biden will take over as president on January 20. Concerns are mounting that Trump will refuse to leave the White House.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany have all stated that they are preparing for a second Trump term.
On Monday, Trump’s National Security advisor Robert O’Brien stated that Biden “obviously” appeared to have won the election.