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For weeks, the Trump campaign said the electoral college vote would decide the election

For weeks, the Trump campaign pointed to the Dec. 14 electoral college vote as what would ultimately decide the election as it tried to overturn the results. (Video: JM Rieger/The Washington Post)

Two days after the final two swing states certified their vote, Trump campaign senior adviser Lara Trump appeared on Fox Business Network.

“Certifications are really just a procedural step,” Lara Trump said on Dec. 2. “The reality is the electors do not vote in each state until Dec. 14. The state legislatures each have the opportunity to delegate, you know, where they want those electoral votes headed.”

As President Trump and his allies have sought to challenge and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, his officials have at times pointed to the Dec. 14 electoral college vote as the de facto deadline for its challenges. You can watch examples of this in the video above.

“[The] electoral college is how you do or don’t win,” former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Nov. 5.

“We’re going to be going through all of these [alleged issues in swing states],” Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said on Nov. 9. “So when the electoral college gets together to certify this election, the American people can have full confidence in its outcome.”

“Let’s remember that the electoral college, which is our constitutional process, does not vote until Dec. 14,” Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said on Nov. 24. “We have plenty of time to pursue all legal options.”

On Monday, Joe Biden amassed the electoral votes to secure his White House win.

While some Trump officials have suggested that the president may continue to challenge the election results after the electoral college vote, Trump’s options continue to dwindle.

By Monday morning, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller suggested the challenges could continue until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

“The only date in the Constitution is Jan. 20,” Miller told Fox News. “So we have more than enough time to right the wrong of this fraudulent election result and certify Donald Trump as the winner of the election.”