What Karl Rove Has Said About Donald Trump's Election Lawsuits

The former Republican presidential adviser Karl Rove has said the election is not likely to be overturned as there was so far "no evidence" of systemic fraud in the voting.

Rove, who served as a senior adviser and deputy chief of staff in the administration of George W. Bush wrote in The Wall Street Journal that Trump should give up his legal challenges in several battleground states and accept defeat.

Media outlets have called the election for President-elect Joe Biden although Trump has refused to concede and has made claims without evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Rove, who was the architect of Bush's gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, is one of the highest-profile GOP figures to encourage Trump to accept the election results which have been called for Biden.

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Karl Rove is pictured at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. He wrote in the Wall Street Journal that President Donald Trump should accept he lost the election. Michael Kovac/Getty Images

He wrote that only three state-wide contests in the past half-century had seen recounts that changed the outcome of the election and Biden's margins of victory in states like Pennsylvania exceeded those numbers.

"The president's efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden's column, and certainly they're not enough to change the final outcome," he wrote.

"To win, Mr. Trump must prove systemic fraud, with illegal votes in the tens of thousands. There is no evidence of that so far. Unless some emerges quickly, the president's chances in court will decline precipitously when states start certifying results."

Rove took a swipe at the Biden campaign, saying that the "blue tsunami" never happened but did give the Democratic candidate credit, writing: "Enough voters wanted change. Mr. Biden maneuvered successfully to make the election a referendum on the president's personality and his handling of Covid.

"For months Mr. Trump was content to fight on that turf, trying only fitfully to contrast his agenda with his challenger's."

Rove believed that Trump should "do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go." Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign for comment.

Biden has described Trump's refusal to concede defeat and his rhetoric alleging fraud "an embarrassment." However, the president-elect's team is said to be working towards the inauguration on January 20 and Ron Klain has been named his chief of staff.

Former Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, told The Hill: "What Trump is doing is delusional, but Joe is doing the right thing. It's one foot in front of the other leading up to the minute he'll be sworn in on Jan. 20."