Edward Norton is speaking his mind about President Donald Trump.
In a lengthy Twitter thread on Friday, the “Collateral Beauty” star sounded off on the current president, comparing his legal efforts regarding the election to a bluff in a poker game.
“I’m no political pundit but I grew up w a dad who was a federal prosecutor & he taught me a lot & I’ve also sat a fair amount of poker w serious players,” Norton wrote. “& l’ll say this: I do not think Trump is trying to ‘make his base happy’ or ‘laying the groundwork for his own network’…or that ‘chaos is what he loves.’ “
Rather, Norton wrote that Trump “knows he’s in deep, multi-dimensional legal jeopardy” and that what he’s doing now is more strategic.
“We’re seeing 1) a tactical delay of the transition to buy time for coverup & evidence suppression,” Norton wrote. “2) above all, a desperate endgame…which is to create enough chaos & anxiety about peaceful transfer of power, & fear of irreparable damage to the system, that he can cut a Nixon-style deal in exchange for finally conceding.”
Following Joe Biden’s projected victory of the 2020 presidential election, Trump and fellow Republicans filed multiple lawsuits in key battleground states. Judges have dismissed some of the suits but others remain, and more are possible in the coming days, including challenges to the legality of ballots or requests for recounts.