Trump Lawyer Still Insisting He 'Won By a Landslide' After GSA Allows Biden Transition

President Donald Trump's legal adviser continued to claim that the presidential election was "stolen" and Trump had actually won after the formal process of transitioning to President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration began.

Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis made the remarks during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber. Ellis was responding to a question from host Ari Melber, who asked what the "point" of continued legal challenges was in light of no plausible path to overturn the election outcome and the General Services Administration (GSA) officially "ascertaining" that Biden was the "apparent president-elect."

"Well the point of this, of course, is to get to fair and accurate results, because the election was stolen and President Trump won by a landslide," Ellis said. "Let's not forget that President Bush lost at every single lower court stage before ultimately Bush v. Gore got to the Supreme Court."

Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis is still claiming on MSNBC that "President Trump won by a landslide."

— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) November 24, 2020

Although former President George W. Bush did eventually win Florida, and the presidency, by a margin of 537 votes following the Supreme Court's decision after the 2000 election, the situation was far different than what Trump currently faces.

After the initial vote count was completed in Florida in 2000, the margin of votes between Bush and former Vice President Al Gore was always fewer than 2,000, before eventually being narrowed in subsequent recounts.

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump gives the "thumbs up" to supporters while leaving Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on November 22, 2020. Tasos Katopodis/Getty

No recount in U.S. history has changed the number of votes that would be required for Trump to flip even one state, with Biden's smallest leads still being over 10,000 votes. In Georgia, a hand recount was completed with Biden still leading the state by over 12,000 votes before he was officially certified the winner.

The Trump campaign have demanded a second Georgia recount, although the outcome is almost certain to be the same. In any case, Trump would need to overturn election results in at least three states to retain the presidency.

Trump and his allies have launched dozens of legal challenges, nearly all of which have so far been quickly dismissed or dropped. Most of the challenges would not have nullified enough votes to overturn results even if a judge had ruled in Trump's favor.

Ellis's remarks suggest that the improbable legal efforts will continue, while Trump himself suggested the same in a tweet just before her appearance. Trump insisted he would "prevail" in further legal battles despite recommending that GSA's Emily Murphy issue the letter and allowing the transition to begin.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the president's tweet "probably the closest thing to a concession that President Trump could issue," according to CNN's Manu Raju.

While Ellis insists that Trump won a "landslide," it is in fact Biden's victory that appears decisive. The president-elect earned around 80 million votes nationally, over 6 million more votes than Trump. In the all-important Electoral College, he has a lead of 306 votes to 232 votes for Trump, with 270 needed to win the presidency.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.