In last-ditch bid to stay in office, Trump deploys his favorite tactics to bully and intimidate

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Trump has summoned state lawmakers to the White House and broadsided GOP officials on Twitter, but his efforts are falling short.
The Michigan Republicans declined to endorse that position and said in a statement after the meeting that they would follow the "normal process regarding Michigan's electors." The president is now considering inviting Pennsylvania lawmakers to the White House, according to reports.

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In person and on Twitter, Trump has targeted officials in several states, including from his own party, as he seeks to upend, discredit and invalidate the election and spread baseless claims that a victory was stolen from him. These are unprecedented actions for a modern president, but for Trump, they are standard operating procedure.

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"I don't think there's anything surprising about what we're seeing right now, but it's still shocking," said Susan Hennessey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of "Unmaking the presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office."

"It shouldn't surprise anyone that Trump is relying on precisely the same tactics that have served his purposes during his presidency," Hennessey said.

As he mounts what legal experts overwhelmingly describe as a futile effort to remain in office, Trump has reached deeply into that familiar arsenal.

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In a move reminiscent of his ill-fated phone call to Ukraine's president, whom Trump tried to extort into investigating then-candidate Biden, Trump earlier this week called a GOP official in Wayne County, home to Detroit, who had voted to certify the results there. (Biden won 68 percent of the vote in the county.)

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After speaking with Trump, the official and her fellow Republican on the board of canvassers tried to rescind their decision to confirm the vote, which the Michigan secretary of state said was impossible. The official, Monica Palmer, said Trump had called to check on her well-being, after she…
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