Donald Trump accused Republicans of allowing Democrats to steal the election and chastised the Supreme Court for refusing to hear a Texas lawsuit attempting to overturn the Joe Biden’s victory in a furious Twitter rant on Sunday evening.
Trump packed several of his favorite unfounded claims of election fraud into the 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.’
Later in the night Trump hit out at Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who he feels has failed to vigorously pursue fraud allegations in the state which swung Democrat for the first time in 30 years.
‘What a fool Governor @BrianKempGA of Georgia is. Could have been so easy, but now we have to do it the hard way,’ he wrote. ‘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,’ he added in reference to run-off elections for two Republicans in the state.
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
A woman holds a sign with the words: ‘Stop the steal’ outside Trump’s golf club in Sterling on Sunday
More than a dozen Trump supporters set up camp outside his golf club on Sunday
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 said the Supreme Court (pictured) ‘chickened out’ by deciding not to hear a Texas case seeking to overturn Biden’s win
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’
President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Sunday. 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’
A demonstrator shows support for Trump as he arrives at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Sunday
Twitter on Saturday temporarily stopped people from liking and replying to the president’s tweets, with a note that read: ‘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’
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.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump participate in the Million MAGA March to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in front of the US Supreme Court on Saturday
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’
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.
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.’
D.C.: The Proud Boys’ member was treated for a wound to the stomach before he was taken to hospital
D.C.: A member of the Proud Boys is stabbed in a confrontation with a counter-protester at around 9.20pm
D.C: Fireworks are let off in the nation’s capital as protester and counter-protesters began to clash on Saturday night
OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON: A supporter of Trump receives aid from law enforcement after clashing with counter-protesters
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.