President Donald Trump doubled down on his claim that the presidential election was rigged and the Democrats’ down-ballot defeat proves it during a Sunday night Twitter tirade from the White House.
‘”Democrats suffered crushing down-ballot loss across America.” @nytimes. This is true,’ Trump wrote, referring to a New York Times article from Saturday that explained how suburban voters’ disgust with Trump, which was the key to Joe Biden’s victory, did not translate into a rebuke of other Republicans.
‘All statehouses won, and in Washington we did great. So I led this great charge, and I’m the only one that lost? No, it doesn’t work that way. This was a massive fraud, a RIGGED ELECTION!’ Trump added.
Trump’s tweet was quickly flagged by Twitter as a claim that has been ‘disputed’.
Shortly after the election was called in favor of Biden, Trump’s team filed multiple suits alleging voter fraud in key states.
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President Donald Trump doubled down on his claim that the presidential election was rigged in a Sunday night tweet from the White House
‘”Democrats suffered crushing down-ballot loss across America.” @nytimes. This is true. All statehouses won, and in Washington we did great. So I led this great charge, and I’m the only one that lost?’ the president tweeted (pictured)
Earlier on Sunday Trump made similar election fraud claims in the first TV interview since losing his re-election bid and indicated that he will never concede to president-elect Biden and abandon his conspiracy theory about mass ballot fraud.
‘It’s not like you’re gonna change my mind. My mind will not change in six months,’ Trump told Fox News interviewer Maria Bartiromo.
‘This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud,’ he claimed, again without backing this up. ‘We won the election easily.’
The 45-minute interview, Trump’s first on television since the November 3 election, was mostly a monologue of evidence-free claims concerning election fraud, virtually unchallenged by Bartiromo.
Despite Trump’s unprecedented attack on the validity of the US election system, his legal team has yet to provide any evidence that stands up in court.
Case after case has been rejected by judges around the country. The latest rebuff came from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which on Saturday turned down a lawsuit filed by Trump supporters seeking to contest Biden’s win in the state.
‘We’re trying to put the evidence in and the judges won’t allow us to do it,’ Trump said. ‘We are trying. We have so much evidence.’
Ignoring the usual boundaries between his office and the judicial and law enforcement system, Trump complained that the Department of Justice and FBI were not helping him.
Despite Trump’s unprecedented attack on the validity of the US election system, his legal team has yet to provide any evidence that stands up in court
They are ‘missing in action,’ he said, also questioning the point of the Supreme Court if it doesn’t intervene.
‘We should be heard by the Supreme Court. Something has to be able to get up there. Otherwise, what is the Supreme Court?’ he asked.
The 2020 election was not especially close. Biden won the electoral college vote -the state-by-state competition deciding the winner – by 306 to 232.
In the popular national vote, which does not decide the result but still has political and symbolic heft, Biden won 51 to 47 per cent.
Losers of US presidential elections traditionally concede almost immediately.
But whether or not Trump ever acknowledges defeat, the Electoral College is all but certain to go through the formal motions of confirming Biden when it meets on December 14 and the Democrat will be sworn in on Inauguration Day January 20.
Even as the clock runs down on his single term, Trump declined to say on Fox News whether he sees an expiry date for his unsuccessful legal campaign.
‘I’m not going to say a date,’ he said. When asked if he saw a path to victory, he said: ‘I hope so.’
Trump also had some words for Chris Krebs, who appeared on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview.
During the segment, Krebs, the US government’s top cybersecurity official, said Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s claims about election fraud are designed ‘to scare people’, adding that the ‘proof is in the ballots’ and Americans should be reassured.
Krebs, a lifelong Republican, was fired by Trump in a tweet on November 17, after he declared the election to be ‘the most secure in American history’.
The president was angered by Krebs’ certification of the vote, and he was further angered by his 60 Minutes interview.
Trump also had some words for Chris Krebs, who appeared on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview. Krebs, the former top federal cybersecurity official, gave his first interview on Sunday
‘[email protected] never asked us for a comment about their ridiculous, one sided story on election security, which is an international joke,’ Trump tweeted immediately after the segment aired.
‘Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!’
The president continued his Twitter tirade, insisting that he stood a chance of winning the election in Georgia and insisted that he could not have lost because he attracted large crowds.
Krebs, however, insisted that the election was indeed the most secure ever, and said that Trump and Giuliani’s suggestions otherwise were ‘dangerous’.
‘I think that we should be celebrating the successes of making the 2020 election the most secure election in modern history,’ Krebs said.
‘I think that the administration deserves credit. I think that President Trump’s administration deserves credit for securing the 2020 election.’
He said last week’s press conference by Giuliani and his colleagues, at the Republican National Committee headquarters, saddened and angered him.
‘It was upsetting because what I saw was a apparent attempt to undermine confidence in the election, to confuse people, to scare people,’ said Krebs.
‘It’s not me, it’s not just CISA. It’s the tens of thousands of election workers out there that had been working nonstop, 18-hour days, for months. They’re getting death threats for trying to carry out one of our core democratic institutions, an election.
‘And that was, again, to me, a press conference that I just – it didn’t make sense.
‘What it was actively doing was undermining democracy. And that’s dangerous.’