Actor Edward Norton has criticized President Donald Trump's lengthy legal challenges to contest the election results, accusing him of sowing chaos to avoid legal threats.
In a series of tweets on Friday, the 51-year-old Fight Club actor used a lengthy poker metaphor to accuse Trump of "bluffing" on his legal maneuvers and urging the country to "call his bluff."
"I'm not a political expert, but I grew up with my father, who was a federal prosecutor. He taught me a lot. I've also played a lot of poker with serious players. I'll say this: I don't think Trump." tries to "make his base happy" or "lay the foundations for his own network" or "chaos is what he loves," wrote Norton.
"The gist of this is that he knows he is in deep, multi-dimensional legal danger and that defines his every action," he continued.
Actor Edward Norton has criticized President Donald Trump's long-term legal challenges to challenge the election results
Since Biden was declared the winner two weeks ago, Trump has launched a flurry of lawsuits and a pressure campaign to prevent states from confirming their vote counts
& # 39; We're seeing 1] a tactical delay in the transition to buy time for cover-up and suppression of evidence 2] above all a desperate endgame designed to create enough chaos and fear of peaceful transfer of power and fear of irreparable harm to the population System that he can close a Nixon-style deal to finally admit, "wrote Norton.
President Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974 when he was on the verge of impeachment and recall and was controversially pardoned by his successor Gerald Ford.
Norton continued, referring to poker terms, “But he has no cards. His bluff after & # 39; the flop & # 39; was called to court. His & # 39; turn card & # 39; bluff will escalate and his & # 39; River Card & # 39; bluff could be really ugly. But they have to be called. & # 39;
“We can't let this gangster harass the US on a deal to save his ass by threatening our democracy. THAT is his game. But he's got trash in hand. So give him a call, ”he added.
"I'm going to let him be a tearful, grumpy, irritable, grinning, vengeful little 10-ply, super-soft slut who is no doubt just throwing a wicked pout and trying to give the whole country a middle finger with tiny hands for sheer defiance without a single thought for the dead and dying, ”wrote the actor.
"But his scornful, treacherous, seditious attack on the stability of our political pact is not about 2024, personal enrichment, or anything other than trying to use chaos and threat to the very foundation of the system as a lever to trade for a safe exit." Call. His. Bluff, ”he wrote.
Norton concluded: & # 39; Belief in the strength of our sacred institutions and founding principles is greatly elongated … but they will endure. You will be. He walks gracefully and in disgrace. But if we act for it and give him a brokered settlement, we are vulnerable to his return. We cannot shrink back. "
Norton's remarks were well received, and many praised his analysis and others who waved it.
& # 39; Agree. Ford pardoned Nixon and laid the foundation for Trump. We have to call his bluff. Your analysis is smart because you have studied human behavior for a living for years. You don't have to know him to know him! & # 39; wrote actress Caroline Goodall.
"I love it when idiotic actors throw around legal terms without knowing it," replied one Twitter user. “You have no idea what these words mean and you are just repeating what others have told you. Jesus man, think for yourself. This is real life, not a movie, so stop reading your script. & # 39;
Trump's dizzying series of legal challenges received little sympathy from the courts, and a key Pennsylvania case was thrown out.
Since Biden was declared the winner two weeks ago, Trump has launched a flurry of lawsuits and a pressure campaign to prevent states from confirming their vote counts.
So far, attempts to thwart certification have failed in courts in Georgia, Michigan and Arizona.
On Saturday, Judge Matthew Brann, a Republican nominee for former President Barack Obama, dismissed a similar effort in Pennsylvania, writing that the case presented "strained legal arguments with no merit or speculative allegations."
Brann compared the campaign's legal arguments to "Frankenstein's monster" and concluded that Trump's team failed to provide evidence of rampant corruption.
Trump's dizzying series of legal challenges met with little sympathy from the courts. An important case in Pennsylvania was dismissed on Saturday
For Trump to have any hope of staying in the White House, he must remove Biden's 81,000-vote lead in Pennsylvania. The state is due to begin certifying its results on Monday.
Trump's attorneys swore a quick appeal, but attorneys who opposed him in court said he was running out of time.
"This should put the nail in the coffin for all further attempts by President Trump to use the federal courts to rewrite the 2020 election results," said Kristen Clarke, president of the Civil Rights Lawyers' Committee.
Biden received an estimated 6 million more votes than Trump in the November 3rd election and is expected to win 306 to 232 votes in the state electoral college that determines who will take the oath of office on January 20.