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Trump has turned down media requires a Joe Biden victory

President Donald Trump responded to several news outlets on Saturday calling for President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election with an imprecise and desperate statement, claiming that his campaign would begin in court on Monday to “pursue our case” – such as it would actually be an attempt to override the will of the American people.

“We all know why Joe Biden is in a hurry to falsely pass himself off as the winner and why his media allies go out of their way to help him: They don’t want the truth to come out,” the president said in his statement. “Joe Biden hasn’t been certified as a winner in any state, let alone one of the highly competitive states that have mandatory recounts.”

All states will certify their results in the coming weeks. and Decision Desk and others who have scheduled elections have made predictions based on current numbers, which are not expected to change significantly between now and when this certification comes later in November.

The statement also falsely claimed that election observers were not allowed to monitor the number of votes in several states. Not only were they, but in some cases these observers interfered with the count; others can be seen watching meters live stream.

The president’s words are not surprising as he suggested not accepting the results before the election. And of course he doesn’t.

In many ways, the official statement is a more formal version of the unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud the president made in a series of tweets on Saturday morning in which he seemed desperate to understand every whimsical conspiracy theory necessary to maintain power.

In these tweets, Trump lied that votes were “illegally obtained” in Pennsylvania “and certain other states”. Despite the fact that all states only counted ballot papers submitted according to their guidelines. Some states, such as Pennsylvania, allowed counting of postal ballot papers received after election day, but postmarked on election day or earlier. There is nothing illegal about this; Indeed, states are required by law to count ballot papers submitted under the electoral law.

Trump also lied on Twitter that election observers in “numerous states” are not allowed to count rooms. As mentioned above, this is wrong.

The tweets were marked as “controversial” and possibly “misleading” by Twitter.

…. This would ALSO change the election results in numerous states including Pennsylvania, which everyone believed was easy to win on election night only to see a massive lead vanish without anyone WATCHING for long periods of time may what this happened …

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020

…. In those hours when LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was maliciously and roughly not allowed, bad things happened. Tractors blocked doors and windows were covered with thick cardboard so that observers could not see into the counting rooms. BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES HAPPENED!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020

Overall, there is no evidence of electoral fraud or manipulation of the vote count. As Vox’s Aaron Rupar explained, the Trump campaign is now making wild allegations of inappropriateness and hoping to find evidence later:

Your strategy is to blame yourself first and hopefully you will find evidence of them later. That condition was significantly eased late Friday morning during a Fox News interview with RNC chairman Ronna McDaniel. Meanwhile, Fox News moderators seemed impatient with their evidence-free allegations that the Trump election had somehow been stolen.

“We just didn’t see it. It wasn’t presented. All kinds of things are flying on the internet, but when we look at this, it doesn’t work, ”Anker Bret Baier told McDaniel when she failed to explain how her technical problems with election observers in Michigan could potentially affect earnings in a state Biden ready to win with well over 100,000 votes.

Trump took these falsehoods to a new level on Saturday, closing his morning tweets on a false statement that he actually won the election. He wrote: “I have won this election many times over!”

I won this election a lot!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2020

The point is that the President of the United States is downright lying about an election he lost and that he refused to admit now that it is clear he lost. Perhaps worse, several senior Republican lawmakers have joined in to cast doubts about the accuracy of the election results. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as well as Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, all appeared on Fox News to reiterate the false claim that Trump won the election.

It remains to be seen which complaints will come on Monday. But it’s clear that Trump expects the courts to save him. However, as Vox’s Ian Millhiser explained, this is not a strategy that is likely to bear fruit. And whether he admits or not, Biden will be sworn in as the next President of the United States in January.

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