It’s over. That’s what Blackstone chairman, CEO and co-founder Steve Schwarzman – one of President Trump’s most loyal allies – and other top Republicans are signaling to the defeated president, 16 days after Joe Biden clinched the win.
Why it matters: It’s all theatrics now. Even if Trump doesn’t move on fast, you can. It is safe to ignore the fearful Republicans who insist the process is legit and plausible, because they tell us privately it is not.
Driving the news: Schwarzman said in a statement to Axios that Biden won and it’s time to move on.
- “I’m a fan of good process,” Schwarzman said. “In my comments three days after the election, I was trying to be a voice of reason and express why it’s in the national interest to have all Americans believe the election is being resolved correctly. But the outcome is very certain today, and the country should move on.”
- “I supported President Trump and the strong economic path he built. Like many in the business community, I am ready to help President-elect Biden and his team as they confront the significant challenges of rebuilding our post-COVID economy.”
Schwarzman’s signal is more meaningful in Trumpworld than any of the messages so far from corporate America.
- Trump’s top aides have undisguised contempt for some establishment business groups. But not Schwarzman. He has been a close confidant of Trump’s throughout his presidency.
The legal insanity: For more than 24 hours – until it became