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Trump refuses to concede after electoral college backs Biden

Donald Trump showed no sign of accepting his defeat today as he continued to tout his unfounded claims of election fraud hours after the electoral college confirmed Joe Biden as president-elect.  

The president claimed early on Tuesday that ‘this fake election can no longer stand’ because ‘many Trump votes were routed to Biden’, citing an unofficial ‘audit’ in Michigan which purported to show flaws with the Dominion voting software. 

‘Dominion Voting Machines are a disaster all over the country,’ Trump claimed after the release of the ‘report’ which Michigan officials said was ‘another in a long stream of misguided, vague and dubious assertions’.  

Trump also welcomed a vote by Texas electors to protest the result in swing states which Biden won, and retweeted a supporter’s claim that ‘Trump is in the process of proving he won, and Biden is pretending he did’. 

As has become habitual in recent weeks, Twitter flagged Trump’s tweets with a warning that ‘this claim about election fraud is disputed’. 

The constitutional procedures went as expected on Monday with Biden winning 306 electoral college votes to Trump’s 232, a near-exact reversal of the 2016 result. 

Biden last night slammed Trump for an ‘abuse of power’ after his victory was confirmed, saying Trump and his allies had ‘refused to respect the will of the people, refused to respect the rule of law, and refused to honor our constitution’.    

Donald Trump, pictured at the White House on Saturday, is continuing to dispute his election defeat even after it was confirmed by the electoral college 

Trump cited an unofficial 'audit' of Michigan results which purported to show problems with Dominion voting software, a report dismissed by Michigan officials

Trump cited an unofficial ‘audit’ of Michigan results which purported to show problems with Dominion voting software, a report dismissed by Michigan officials 

Trump today hailed the ‘genius, bravery, and patriotism’ of a Michigan judge who had allowed the release of the Dominion audit, suggesting he ‘should get a medal’. 

The so-called ‘forensic audit’ was released by a group called Allied Security Operations which Michigan officials said was a ‘partisan organization’. 

The 23-page document claimed that Dominion software was ‘intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud’.  

‘This is BIG NEWS. Dominion Voting Machines are a disaster all over the Country. Changed the results of a landslide election. Can’t let this happen,’ Trump said. 

Retweeting a supporter’s call to ‘ignore the electors’, the president claimed that ‘many Trump votes were routed to Biden’ in what he called a ‘fake election’.   

Michigan’s attorney general Dana Nessel and secretary of state Jocelyn Benson, both Democrats, said they had allowed the report’s release in order to show its flaws. 

‘Let’s be clear: Michigan’s November 3 general election was the most secure in our state’s history,’ Benson said, adding there was ‘no evidence of widespread fraud’.  

‘If the Trump campaign had any actual evidence of wrongdoing – or genuine suspicion thereof – they could have requested a hand recount of every ballot in the state,’ she said. 

Joe Biden gave another victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Monday night after the electoral college confirmed his victory

Joe Biden gave another victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Monday night after the electoral college confirmed his victory 

‘They did not, instead choosing to allow shadowy organizations claiming expertise to throw around baseless claims of fraud in an effort to mislead American voters and undermine the integrity of the election. 

‘Their actions are a corruption of the courts and the rule of law, as the release of today’s report clearly demonstrates.’

Michigan cast its 16 votes for Biden as expected on Monday, after the Democratic victory there made it one of five states to switch sides from 2016. 

The 538 votes across the country will be sent to Washington and tallied in a January 6 joint session of Congress, presided over by Vice President Mike Pence. 

For all Trump’s unsupported claims of fraud, there was little suspense and no change as every one of the electoral votes was cast as expected.  

‘Once again in America, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed,’ Biden said in an evening speech. 

‘Our democracy — pushed, tested, threatened — proved to be resilient, true, and strong,’ he said, promising to be a president for all Americans.

California's 55 electors cast their votes for Biden, taking him above the required 270 threshold

California’s 55 electors cast their votes for Biden, taking him above the required 270 threshold

With the electoral college having formalized his victory just hours earlier, Biden told the bitterly divided country: ‘It’s time to turn the page.’

‘I’m convinced we can work together for the good of the nation,’ he said.

Trump remained in the Oval Office long after the sun set in Washington, calling allies and fellow Republicans while keeping track of the tally, according to White House and campaign aides. 

The president frequently ducked into the private dining room off the Oval Office to watch on TV, complaining that the cable networks were treating it like a mini-Election Night while not giving his challenges any airtime.

The president had grown increasingly disappointed with the size of ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies as well as efforts for the GOP to field its own slates of electors in states. 

Trump’s desire for a fierce defense led to TV appearances on Monday by Stephen Miller, one of his most ferocious advocates, to try to downplay the importance of the electoral college vote and suggest that Trump’s legal challenges would continue all the way to Inauguration Day on January 20.

Late in the day, he took to Twitter to announce that Attorney General William Barr was leaving the administration before Christmas.


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