President-elect Joe Biden delivered a forceful attack on President Donald Trump’s barrage of lawsuits and claims of electoral fraud – demanding in a prime-time speech Monday that the ‘will of the people’ be honored.
Biden spoke from Wilmington, Delaware hours after his win in the Electoral College became official and he passed the 270 Electoral Vote threshold.
His speech was not a victory lap, but rather an effort to establish his own legitimacy while calling out Trump’s relentless effort to overturn the results in his strongest attack on the sitting president since winning the election last month.
‘Respecting the will of the people is at the heart of our democracy, even if we find those results hard to accept,’ said Biden – alluding to Trump’s refusal to concede or accept the results.
‘Respecting the will of the people is at the heart of our democracy, even if we find those results hard to accept,’ said Biden on the day the Electoral College met in state capitals across the nation
Clearing his hoarse throat repeatedly, Biden teed off on the Trump campaign’s repeated legal defeats, and pointed to Friday’s devastating decision by the Supreme Court.
‘The Trump campaign brought dozens and dozens of legal challenges .. they were heard again and again. And each of the times they were heard they were found to be without merit,’ he said.
He noted his own Electoral College win equaled Trump’s, and at the time, ‘President Trump called the electoral college tally a landslide. By his own standards these numbers represented a clear victory then, and I respectfully suggest they do so now.’
He spoke of the nation’s founding, adding: ‘And we now know, nothing, not even a pandemic, or an abuse of power can extinguish that flame.’
Although Biden has tried to keep his focus on his agenda and on the coronavirus during many of his public remarks since networks called the race for him weeks ago, his Monday speech was an effort to put down a clear marker and establish the legitimacy of election.
It came as a group of influential Republican senators including Senate Majority Whip John Thune of South Dakota Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman finally began referring to him as ‘president-elect.’
‘In America, politicians don’t take power. People grant power to them,’ Biden said.
He praised ‘courageous state and local officials and election workers’ – a hat tip not only to those who staffed the voting despite the coronavirus, but to Republican officials who withstood Trump’s repeated claims that they take actions to overturn the vote in their states.
He said they showed ‘absolute courage’ and a ‘deep and unwavering faith in, and commitment to, the law.’
‘And they could not and would not give credence to what they knew was not true.’
Although he didn’t name them, officials such as Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffesnperger withstood intense pressure from Trump and his allies to try to influence the outcome.
‘It was truly remarkable because so many of these patriotic Americans were subjected to so much: enormous political pressure, verbal abuse, and even threats of physical violence. While we all wish that our fellow Americans in these positions will always show such courage and commitment to free and fair elections, I hope we never again see anyone subjected to the kind of threats and abuse we saw in this election. It is unconscionable,’ said Biden.
‘The Court sent a clear signal to President Trump and his allies that they would be no part of this unprecedented assault on our democracy,’ he added.
He pointed to former Homeland Security cybersecurity Christopher Krebs, who called the election ‘the most secure in American history’ before he got fired.
The president-elect also took repeated shots at the Kraken lawsuits that Trump and his allies vowed would change the result.
‘In America, when questions are raised about the legitimacy of any election, those questions are resolved through a legal process. And that is precisely what happened here. The Trump campaign brought dozens and dozens and dozens of legal challenges to test the results. They were heard. And they were found to be without merit,’ said Biden.
‘Time and again, President Trump’s lawyers presented their arguments to state officials, state legislatures, state and federal courts, and ultimately to the United States Supreme Court, twice. They were heard by more than 80 judges across the country. And in every case, no cause or evidence was found to reverse or question or dispute the results,’ he said.
Nor did recounts make a difference.
‘The results in Georgia were counted three times,’ he said. ‘It did not change the outcome. The recount conducted in Wisconsin actually saw our margin grow. The margin we had in Michigan was fourteen times the margin President Trump won the state by four years ago.’
Biden chose Monday to speak following to crucial developments: the formal meeting of the Electoral College, and the Supreme Court swatting down a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of Texas seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
‘And yet none of this has stopped baseless claims about the legitimacy of the results,’ he said.
‘Even more stunning, 17 Republican Attorneys General and 126 Republican Members of Congress actually signed on to a lawsuit filed by the State of Texas.
‘This legal maneuver was an effort by elected officials in one group of states to try to get the Supreme Court to wipe out the votes of more than twenty million Americans in other states and to hand the presidency to a candidate who lost the Electoral College, lost the popular vote, and lost each and every one of the states whose votes they were trying to reverse,’ he said, pointing to Trump’s multiple defeats.
‘It’s a position so extreme we’ve never seen it before. A position that refused to respect the will of the people, refused to respect the rule of law, and refused to honor our Constitution. Thankfully, a unanimous Supreme Court immediately and completely rejected this effort,’ he said.
With polls showing substantial numbers of Americans doubting the legitimacy of the vote amid Trump’s constant attacks, Biden pointed repeatedly to the numbers of the victory by himself and running-mate Kamala Harris.
‘More than 81 million of those votes were cast for me and Vice President-elect Harris,’ Biden said. ‘This too is a record number. More votes than any ticket has received in the history of America.’
‘It represented a winning margin of more than 7 million votes over the number of votes cast for President Trump and Vice President Pence. Altogether, Vice President-elect Harris and I earned 306 electoral votes — well exceeding the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory,’ he said.
History gave him a handy number to cite. ‘306 electoral votes is the same number of electoral votes DonaldTrump and MikePence received in 2016. At that time, President Trump called his Electoral College tally a landslide. By his own standards, these numbers represented a clear victory then. And I respectfully suggest they do so now.’
He called the results ‘numbers so big that this election now ranks as the clearest demonstration of the true will of the American people — one of the most amazing demonstrations of civic duty we’ve ever seen in our country. It should be celebrated, not attacked,’ said Biden.
Biden looked back to early early 2017, when as outgoing vice president and president of the Senate, he certified the results of Trump’s victory, which devastated Hillary Clinton and Democrats.
‘I did my job,’ he said.
‘Now it is time to turn the page as we’ve done throughout our history. To unite. To heal,’ he intoned.
Biden also referenced his ‘soul of America’ campaign theme.
‘In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed,’ he said. ‘The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a lot time ago. And we now know that nothing – not even a pandemic – or an abuse of power – can extinguish that flame.’
Biden’s Electoral College win became official just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, with California’s votes pushing him over the 270 vote threshold.
With California’s vote in, Biden stood at 302 Electoral College votes, with 306 expected, compared to Trump’s 232.
Ten minutes later, Trump tweeted that he had a ‘very nice meeting’ with Attorney General Bill Barr and announced Barr was leaving the administration. Trump had been fuming all weekend over Barr not exposing that federal authorities were investigating Biden’s son Hunter’s taxes before the November 3 election.
Biden noted his own Electoral College win equaled Trump’s
President-elect Joe Biden will address the nation Monday night and say that it’s ‘time to turn the page’ after the Electoral College vote confirms he’s the winner
An Ohio secretary of state staff member places the official seal on the state’s Certificate of Votes as electors meet in state capitols around the country during the meeting of the 55th Electoral College Monday
He also spoke about the coronavirus, the good vaccine news, as well as the gruesome milestone of hitting 300,000 deaths in the U.S., reached Monday.
‘What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this: Democracy,’ Biden said. ‘The right to be heard. To have your vote counted. To choose the leaders of this nation. To govern ourselves.’
Biden’s ‘abuse of power’ comment was a clear whack at Trump, who still refuses to concede the election. That upset Rep. Paul Mitchell – an outgoing conservative Republican – so much that he left the party Monday, saying he’ll be an independent during his final weeks in Congress.
‘This election simply confirms for me that it’s all about power first, and that, frankly, is disgusting and demoralizing,’ Mitchell said on CNN.
Republican lawmakers have been slow to call Biden the president-elect since the election was first called for him on November 7. There was a little bit of movement after the Electoral College vote.
‘Now we have the constitutional threshold and we’ll deal with Vice President Biden as the president-elect,’ said GOP Sen. Roy Blunt. ‘The president continues obviously to have all the options he has available to him, but the electoral vote today was significant.’
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a top ally of the president, wouldn’t fully close the door on a possible Trump second term.
‘It’s a very, very narrow path for the president. I don’t see how it gets there from here, given what the Supreme Court did,’ Graham said. ‘But having said that, I think we’ll let those legal challenges play out.’
The latest Trump campaign plot, articulated by White House aide Stephen Miller Monday morning, was to have Republican ‘electors’ gather in or near the statehouses where the actual Electoral College electors were meeting, to cast their own votes for Trump.
‘As we speak, today, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we’re going to send those results up to Congress,’ Miller said on Fox & Friends.
‘This will ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open. That means if we win these cases in the courts, we can direct that these alternate electors be certified,’ he added.
In Georgia, a group of Republicans indeed met in a separate room in the state capitol and cast ballots for Trump. In Michigan, a group of Republicans tried to do the same thing, but were refused access to the capitol. The Pennsylvania GOP said they had gathered to cast ballots ‘at the request of the Trump campaign.’
But even Bernie Comfort, the Pennsylvania chair of the Trump campaign, admitted the vote wasn’t much more than a stunt.
‘We took this procedural vote to preserve any legal claims that may be presented going forward,’ Comfort said in a statement. ‘This was in no way an effort to usurp or contest the will of the Pennsylvania voters.’
And despite these shenanigans, Biden still called the election a success.
‘We the People voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact,’ Biden said. ‘And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.’
Miller’s claim that ‘legal remedies remain open’ flew in the face of reality. Trump had seen the bid by Texas to overturn the election thrown out by the Supreme Court Friday and spent the weekend angrily tweeting that the nine justices lacked ‘wisdom and courage.’
And on Monday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ended yet another Trump lawsuit against the results there, another defeat for the president who has seen dozens of lawsuits struck down since voting went against him.
Biden’s victory saw him take 81,282,376 votes compared to Trump’s 74,222,576 in the popular vote – although until Monday, Trump was usually the one making repeat references to his vote total.
His victory was declared by major television networks on November 7, but has still not been acknowledged by Trump, who instead has spent more than a month furiously claiming the election was ‘rigged’ or ‘stolen’ and racking up dozens of defeats in court, with the Supreme Court hammering a nail in his coffin last Friday.
The Electoral College vote leaves Trump’s path to overturning the result one which is now essentially impossible: he will have to persuade both the House and the Senate to throw out the votes of the swing states.
Among those voting Monday, Hillary and Bill Clinton who are Electoral College electors in New York. Also, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, widely credited for Biden’s win in the state.
Symbolic moment: Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill were both electors in New York state, traveling to Albany to cast their ballots for Joe Biden as the Electoral College confirmed his victory
2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (left) and former President Bill Clinton (right) cast their ballots for President-elect Joe Biden in New York Monday, as part of the state’s Electoral College electors
Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ 2016 nominee for president, participated in New York’s Electoral College vote tally Monday in Albany
Former President Bill Clinton joined his wife in Albany Monday and cast a vote for Democrat Joe Biden, who won New York’s 29 votes
Victor: In the swing state of Georgia, 2018 gubernatorial loser Stacey Abrams presided as the state’s electoral college votes went to Joe Biden – a galling defeat for Donald Trump and the end of the road for litigation
Miller said ‘an alternate slate of electors’ would be meeting in swing states Monday and their tallies would also be sent to Congress, which tallies the actual Electoral College’s results on January 6
Trump continued to make wild allegations about vote fraud Monday morning, claiming a ‘water main break’ in Georgia was staged so Biden votes could be added in. A top GOP election official in Georgia has already debunked similar claims about a water leak
Protests: This was the scene in Harrisburg, PA, outside the state capitol. Security had been stepped up in the swing states as electors met, but there were few protesters anywhere
A group of Republicans in Georgia gathered and cast their own votes for President Donald Trump, a plan Stephen Miller revealed Monday morning on Fox & Friends
Security was stepped up in many of the swing state capitols amid concern that the confirmation of Biden’s victory would lead to protests.
For example, Michigan’s legislative office buildings were closed to the public due to ‘credible threats of violence,’ state officials said Sunday night.
And state House member Gary Eisen, a Republican, was disciplined by his own party for saying he could not guarantee that certifying Biden’s win in the state would not lead to violence.
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a handful of pro-Trump demonstrators protested outside the state capitol.
Once the vote is counted, the results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a January 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.
The electors’ votes have drawn more attention than usual this year because Trump has refused to concede the election and continues to make baseless allegations of fraud.
All through Monday, he continued to tweet wild allegations.
Answering a question posed by Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo on twitter, ‘Why did the Swing States stop counting in the middle of the night?’ Trump replied, ‘Because they waited to find out how many ballots they had to produce in order to steal the Rigged Election.’
‘They were so far behind that they needed time, & a fake ‘water main break’, to recover!’ Trump said.
A water leak occurred at a site in Georgia, but a top Republican election official said it had no impact on the vote tally.
As Biden neared 270 electoral votes, the number he needed to make his win official, Trump kept tweeting – sharing an op-ed from the conservative Washington Times claiming there were problems with the Dominion voting system in one county in Michigan.
Trump is attempting to undermine Biden’s presidency even before it begins.
Electoral College electors in Georgia, a state the flipped from red to blue, cast their 16 votes for Biden
In Vermont, elector Kesha Ram fills out her presidential ballot at the statehouse in Montpelier
Electors in Tennessee met Monday to cast Electoral College votes. Tennessee’s votes went to Trump
New Hampshire’s electors met Monday to cast the state’s four votes in favor of Biden
Electors in Arkansas get sworn in Monday. Arkansas’ six electoral votes will go to Trump
New York’s 29 votes went to Biden despite being the state where Trump was born
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot presides over the Electoral College gathering in Illinois
‘No, I worry about the country having an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about. A president that lost and lost badly,’ Trump said in a Fox News interview that was taped Saturday.
His move to introduce ‘alternate electors’ was ridiculed by George Conway, the anti-Trump husband of former White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.
‘The next thing you know, they’re going to declare Palm Beach to be the ‘alternative’ capital of the United States, and Mar-a-Lago the ‘alternative’ Executive Mansion,’ Conway tweeted Monday morning.
MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN WHO REFUSED TO CONDEMN VIOLENCE IS DISCIPLINED BY PARTY
A Republican lawmaker from Michigan has been disciplined for not denouncing potential violence at the state Capitol before Democratic presidential electors are to meet to vote for Joe Biden, who won the state over President Donald Trump.
State Rep. Gary Eisen of St. Clair Township told WPHM-AM on Monday that he planned to help with an unspecified ‘Hail Mary’ GOP plan to challenge the election, conceding the ‘uncharted’ action likely would not change the result.
Asked if he could guarantee people’s safety, he said ‘no.’
House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth, both Republicans, removed Eisen from committees in the closing days of the two-year session. In a statement, they said threats or suggestions of violence in politics are never acceptable, including ‘when the public officials open the door to violent behavior and refuse to condemn it. We must do better.’
The 16 electors and top Democratic state officials such as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are scheduled to gather in the Senate chamber Monday afternoon. Legislative offices are closed because of threats of violence. The Capitol is closed to the public because of coronavirus restrictions.
Following weeks of Republican legal challenges that were easily dismissed by judges, Trump and Republican allies tried to persuade the Supreme Court last week to set aside 62 electoral votes for Biden in four states, which might have thrown the outcome into doubt.
The justices rejected the effort on Friday.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday ruled against yet another of the ‘Kraken’ lawsuits that Trump allies had promised. This time, the state’s high court ruled against an effort to toss out 221,000 in minority-heavy Milwaukee and Daine County.
Justice Brian Hagedorn said the Trump campaign was ‘not entitled to the relief it seeks.’
The conservative judge used a sports analogy to spike the ball. ‘Our laws allow the challenge flag to be thrown regarding various aspects of election administration. The challenges raised by the Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last play or even the last game; the Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began.’
The Trump camp also wanted to rule out ballots from those who claimed to be ‘indefinitely confined’ and voted absentee. But this, like other challenges, was brought too late. The campaign also challenged absentee ballots that poll workers collected at parks.
Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias, who has been tracking the Trump election failures, said it was the 59th defeat. He wrote that all significant post-election cases have now been decided. ‘Trump and his allies are 1-59 in post-election litigation,’ according to Elias’ count.
Biden is planning to address the nation Monday night, after the electors have voted.
Biden won 306 electoral votes to 232 votes for Trump.
It takes 270 votes to be elected.
In 32 states and the District of Columbia, laws require electors to vote for the popular-vote winner.
The Supreme Court unanimously upheld this arrangement in July.
Electors almost always vote for the state winner anyway because they generally are devoted to their political party.
There’s no reason to expect any defections this year.
Among prominent electors are 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton – who will get to cast a vote against Trump – Democrat Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
The voting is decidedly low tech, by paper ballot.
Electors cast one vote each for president and vice president.
The Electoral College was the product of compromise during the drafting of the Constitution between those who favored electing the president by popular vote and those who opposed giving the people the power to choose their leader.
Each state gets a number of electors equal to their total number of seats in Congress: two senators plus however many members the state has in the House of Representatives.
Washington, D.C., has three votes, under a constitutional amendment that was ratified in 1961.
With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, states award all their Electoral College votes to the winner of the popular vote in their state.
The bargain struck by the nation’s founders has produced five elections in which the president did not win the popular vote.
Trump was the most recent example in 2016.
Before that, it was George W. Bush, another Republican, in 2000.
Biden topped Trump by more than 7 million votes this year.
On January 6, Congress will tally the vote in a House of Representatives session that Pence, as president of the Senate, will preside over.
Some House Republicans have said they will challenge certain states’ counts, but they need a member of the Senate in order to do so successfully.
If that occurred, the House and Senate would have to debate the challenge – holding up the tally for several hours.
A simple majority will kill the challenge.
From there, there’s one more step: inauguration on January 20.
Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects Trump’s last-ditch bid to stop certification just before Electoral College meets in its capitol
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday rejected President Donald Trump´s lawsuit attempting to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the battleground state, ending Trump’s legal challenges in state court about an hour before the Electoral College was to meet to cast the state’s 10 votes for Biden.
The court held arguments in the case Saturday, the same day a federal judge dismissed another Trump lawsuit seeking to overturn his loss in Wisconsin. Trump appealed that ruling.
The president sought to have more than 221,000 ballots disqualified in Dane and Milwaukee counties, the state’s two most heavily Democratic counties.
In a 4-3 ruling, Justice Brian Hagedorn, a conservative writing for the majority, said the Trump campaign was ‘not entitled to the relief it seeks.’
President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede and the White House’s Stephen Miller said Monday morning a group of ‘alternate electors’ was meeting in swing states to cast votes for the president
Hagedorn used a sports analogy when ruling against Trump, saying he waited too long to raise his complaints.
‘Our laws allow the challenge flag to be thrown regarding various aspects of election administration,’ Hagedorn wrote.
‘The challenges raised by the Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last play or even the last game; the Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began.’
Trump wanted to disqualify absentee ballots cast early and in-person, saying there wasn’t a proper written request made for the ballots; absentee ballots cast by people who claimed ‘indefinitely confined’ status; absentee ballots collected by poll workers at Madison parks; and absentee ballots where clerks filled in missing information on ballot envelopes.
The court ruled that Trump’s challenge to voters who were indefinitely confined was without merit and that the other claims came too late.
Liberal justices Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky, who sided with Hagedorn, wrote separately to emphasize that there was no evidence of fraud in Wisconsin’s election.
‘Wisconsin voters complied with the election rulebook,’ Dallet and Karofksy said. ‘No penalties were committed and the final score was the result of a free and fair election.’
Karofsky blasted Trump’s case during Saturday’s hearing, saying it ‘smacks of racism’ and was ‘un-American.’
Conservative justices voiced some concerns about how certain ballots were cast, while also questioning whether they could or should disqualify votes only in two counties.
Biden won Wisconsin by about 20,600 votes, a margin of 0.6% that withstood a Trump-requested recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the two with the most Democratic votes. Trump did not challenge any ballots cast in the counties he won.
Trump and his allies have suffered dozens of defeats in Wisconsin and across the country in lawsuits that rely on unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud and election abuse. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Texas lawsuit that sought to invalidate Biden´s win by throwing out millions of votes in four battleground states, including Wisconsin.
Also Saturday, former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a federal case she lost in Wisconsin seeking to order the GOP-controlled Legislature to declare Trump the winner. Powell has also lost similar cases in Georgia and Arizona.
Trump calls Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp a ‘clown’ and demands he hold a special session on ballot signatures to avoid a ‘bad day’ for GOP Senators in the state’s run-off election
Donald Trump on Sunday night called the Republican governor of Georgia ‘a fool’ and referred to him as ‘this clown’ in a volley of furious tweets accusing Republicans of allowing Democrats to steal the election.
Trump chastised the Supreme Court for refusing to hear a Texas lawsuit attempting to overturn Joe Biden’s victory and raged against an election he sees as being stolen from him.
Particular anger was directed at Brian Kemp, who he campaigned for in 2018.
Trump feels the Georgia governor has let him down by not pursuing with enough vigor fraud allegations in a state which swung Democrat for the first time in 30 years.
‘What a fool Governor @BrianKempGA of Georgia is,’ he tweeted, shortly after midnight.
‘Could have been so easy, but now we have to do it the hard way.
‘Demand this clown call a Special Session and open up signature verification, NOW.
‘Otherwise, could be a bad day for two GREAT Senators on January 5th.’
Donald Trump, seen on Saturday, unleashed a volley of tweets on Sunday night attacking the electoral result
Trump described Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, as ‘a fool’ and referred to him as ‘this clown’
A senate run-off will be held on January 5, which will essentially decide who controls the chamber. Trump is struggling to find a way to keep claiming that the vote was fraudulent, while still encouraging his supporters to trust the system enough to bother to turnout and vote.
Earlier on Sunday night Trump had packed several of his favorite unfounded claims of election fraud into a rant, which came hours before the Electoral College is set to vote on Monday.
‘The RINOS [Republicans In Name Only] that run the state voting apparatus have caused us this problem of allowing the Democrats to so blatantly cheat in their attempt to steal the election, which we won overwhelmingly,’ the lame duck president wrote after spending the day golfing at his club in Sterling, Virginia.
‘How dare they allow this massive and ridiculous Mail-In Voting to occur… Tens of millions of haphazardly ballots sent, with some people getting two, three, or four ballots. We will never give up!’
Minutes later he launched an attack on the Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, for declining to hear the lawsuit spearheaded by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that sought to invalidate presidential results in Texas and four other states.
‘The fact that the Supreme Court wouldn’t find standing in an original jurisdiction matter between multiple states, and including the President of the States, is absurd. It is enumerated in the Constitution,’ Trump wrote.
‘They just ‘chickened out’ and didn’t want to rule on the merits of the case. So bad for our Country!’
Donald Trump raged against Republicans who have accepted Joe Biden as president-elect and chastised the Supreme Court for refusing to hear a Texas lawsuit attempting to overturn the election results in a Twitter rant on Sunday evening after spending the day golfing at his club in Sterling, Virginia (pictured)
The lame duck president began his rant by railing against ‘RINOS’ – Republicans In Name Only – accusing them of allowing Democrats to steal the election that he says he won ‘overwhelmingly’
Minutes later he attacked the Supreme Court for declining to hear a lawsuit that sought to invalidate presidential election results in Texas and four other states
He took things a step further in yet another Twitter thread soon after, writing: ‘Swing States that have found massive VOTER FRAUD, which is all of them, CANNOT LEGALLY CERTIFY these votes as complete & correct without committing a severely punishable crime.
‘Everybody knows that dead people, below age people, illegal immigrants, fake signatures, prisoners, and many others voted illegally. Also, machine ‘glitches’ (another word for FRAUD), ballot harvesting, non-resident voters, fake ballots, ‘stuffing the ballot box’, votes for pay, roughed up Republican Poll Watchers, and sometimes even more votes than people voting, took place in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and elsewhere.
‘In all Swing State cases, there are far more votes than are necessary to win the State, and the Election itself. Therefore, VOTES CANNOT BE CERTIFIED. THIS ELECTION IS UNDER PROTEST!’
Twitter flagged each of the tweets with the word ‘fraud’ – five in total – with a warning which read: ‘This claim about election fraud is disputed.’
Twitter flagged each of Trump’s tweets with the word ‘fraud’
The president’s recent outbursts have drawn criticism from people in his own party, including former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
‘The legal theory put forward by his legal team and by the president is an absurdity,’ he told ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday morning, referring to the failed Texas suit.
‘The reason why the Supreme Court didn’t take it is because it’s an absurd idea to think that any state or any number of states, no matter how good they are, can challenge another state’s right to run the election as they see fit.
‘And, also, there’s no evidence.’
Christie also denounced Trump’s recent attacks on Republican governors – mainly those in swing states that went blue.
‘What’s gotten even worse,’ he said, ‘is the attacks by the president on good, hardworking, decent Republican governors.
‘He’s calling them corrupt, and also telling people things that aren’t true.’
Karl Rove, who served as chief advisor to President George W Bush, also expressed frustration with Trump on Sunday, saying he is ‘on the edge of looking like a sore loser’ and urging him to put the country first and accept the results of the election.
Asked whether he believed Trump would continue to contest the results even after January 6 – the day when both the Senate and House gather to officially count the votes – Rove told Fox News it depended on what Trump’s aim was.
‘If his goal is to lay the predicate to come back in 2024 and run again, he’s helping himself at least gaining the nomination, but I think in the long run he’s not helping himself or the country,’ Rove said.
‘America likes comebacks, but they don’t like sore losers, and he is on the edge of looking like a sore loser, and probably will look like it after January 6th.’
Rove said he would not be surprised if there were attempts to ‘disrupt’ voting in some of the states the Trump camp is contesting, such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona and Michigan.
He said he thinks some Republicans will try some stunts during the January 6 procedures, which are normally unremarkable.
Trump blew off steam at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, prior to his Twitter rant on Sunday evening
The president appeared in high spirits as his motorcade drove past supporters gathered outside the golf club
Trump made similar comments about fraud and his ‘disappointment’ with the Supreme Court in an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade aired Sunday morning, saying of the election fight: ‘It’s not over.’
He said he is worried about the US ‘having an illegitimate president’, likened alleged voter fraud to elections in a ‘third world country’, and asserted that Democrats in swing states were able to ‘outsmart’ their Republican counterparts to rig the election for Biden.
‘We keep going and we’re going to continue to go forward. We have numerous local cases,’ Trump said in his conversation with Kilmeade caught on camera at the Army-Navy football game on Saturday.
He assured that his legal team has adequately ‘proven’ fraud in the election.
‘We’ve proven it, but no judge has had the courage, including the Supreme Court, I am so disappointed in them,’ he said.
After Trump first complained of the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the Texas-led case on Saturday, Twitter flagged and temporarily blocked people from liking and replying to the president’s tweets.
‘We try to prevent a Tweet like this that otherwise breaks the Twitter Rules from reaching more people, so we have disabled most of the ways to engage with it,’ the social media platforms added in a note attached to the posts.
Trump told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade that his election fight is ‘not over’ in an interview aired Sunday morning
In his Twitter rant, he called the decision a ‘great and disgraceful miscarriage of justice’. Twitter later told The Hill the decision had been reversed, adding: ‘We inadvertently took action to limit engagements on the labeled Tweet.’
Also on Saturday, pro-Trump protesters descended on Washington, DC, again demanding: ‘Stop the steal!’
The president continued to fume during his interview on Fox News over the Supreme Court’s decision – especially as an unprecedented three justices seated on the panel were nominated by Trump during his four years.
‘No judge, including in the Supreme Court of the United States, has had the courage to allow it to be heard,’ he said.
‘The Supreme Court, all they did is say we don’t have standing. So they’re saying essentially the president of the United States and Texas and these other states, great states, they don’t have standing,’ he continued.
The president also insisted the election fight is ‘not over’, adding: ‘We keep going and we’re going to continue to go forward. We have numerous local cases.’
Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said they would have heard the case but that they would have refused to overturn the election result. The other seven justices declined to hear the case, ending the legal bid.
‘This is a great and disgraceful miscarriage of justice. The people of the United States were cheated, and our Country disgraced. Never even given our day in Court!’ Trump tweeted on Saturday morning from the White House.
‘I WON THE ELECTION IN A LANDSLIDE, but remember, I only think in terms of legal votes, not all of the fake voters and fraud that miraculously floated in from everywhere! What a disgrace!’ he continued.
Trump departs the White House on Sunday. In his Twitter rant Saturday, he called the Supreme Court decision a ‘great and disgraceful miscarriage of justice’
The president is pictured playing golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Sunday. He continued to fume during his interview on Fox News over the Supreme Court’s decision. The president told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade in an interview that aired Sunday morning: ‘It’s not over.’
Trump, pictured Sunday, has again insisted ‘tens of thousands of ballots’ were illegally submitted calling it ‘a rigged election’
On Sunday the president told Fox: ‘They give us very little time. But we caught them, as you know, as fraudulent, dropping ballots, doing so many things, nobody can even believe it.’
Trump again insisted ‘tens of thousands of ballots’ were illegally submitted calling it ‘a rigged election’.
He added: ‘This wasn’t like a close election. You look at Georgia. We won Georgia big. We won Pennsylvania big. We won Wisconsin big. We won it big.’
Refusing to talk about whether he will attend Biden’s inauguration, Trump added: ‘What happened to this country is we were like a third world country.’
There are reports that instead of observing the peaceful transfer on January 20, the president will depart the White House from the South Lawn on Marine One and take one final Air Force One flight to Florida for a rally.
It’s expected that he could use that rally to immediately announce he is running for president in 2024 – setting him up for four years of campaigning during Biden’s term where Trump would surely be his biggest critic.
More than 50 federal and state court rulings have upheld Biden´s victory. Trump has refused to concede defeat, alleging without evidence that he was denied victory by massive fraud.
Texas AG Ken Paxton said: ‘It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court decided not to take this case and determine the constitutionality of these four states’ failure to follow federal and state election law’
A disappointed Texas AG Ken Paxton responded to the result on Twitter, saying: ‘It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court decided not to take this case and determine the constitutionality of these four states’ failure to follow federal and state election law.’
Trump sought to intervene in the case – and 126 Republican House members followed suit, while 17 states signed a friend of the court brief supporting the Texas suit.
The four states being sued, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia, blasted the suit as ‘legally indefensible and is an affront to principles of constitutional democracy.’
And the Supreme Court majority found that Texas lacked ‘standing’ to even bring the case. It also had not demonstrated a ‘judiciably cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts elections.’
In other word, Texas failed to demonstrate how it had been harmed by the election procedures in the four states singled out in the suit.
Trump’s attention on Sunday also turned to the coronavirus and the approval of the Pfizer vaccination.
The president said: ‘If I wasn’t president – according to almost everybody, even the enemy – if I wasn’t president you wouldn’t have a vaccine for five years.
‘I pushed the FDA and companies and everybody else involved like nobody’s ever been pushed before, and now you have it rolling out.’
At least four protesters were stabbed Saturday night after violence erupted between the Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter counter-protesters following the second Million MAGA March in Washington D.C.
The 15,000-strong crowd chanted ‘destroy the GOP’ as they listened to speakers such as conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Rudy Giuliani’s star fraud witness Melissa Carona, who claimed Trump is the ‘best president we’ve ever had’.
Jones was accused of inciting violence after declaring ‘Joe Biden will be removed, one way or another!’
Thousands of the president’s loyal followers had gathered outside the Supreme Court following their Friday decision.
In Washington state a person was shot amid clashes between pro-Trump demonstrators and counter-protesters.