Hundreds of President Trump's supporters gathered outside the State Capitol in Georgia Thursday to hold a "Stop the Steal" rally for the second straight day to see the state certify that Joe Biden won his 16 votes for the electoral college Has.
Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger said Thursday that a hand-checking of ballots in the state had been completed and Biden had been confirmed as the winner of the November 3rd election in the state.
An investigation has been launched after unofficial results showed that Biden led Trump with around 14,000 votes.
Trump supporters waving banners and flags gather outside the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia Thursday to stop the protest
This was the second day in a row that protesters gathered outside the State Capitol in Atlanta to accuse widespread electoral fraud
The rally took place just a day before Georgia confirmed that Joe Biden won the 16 votes of the state's electoral college
A rally driver holds a sign denouncing communism outside the State Capitol in Atlanta Thursday
Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) was ahead of President Trump (right) with around 14,000 votes and triggered a hand count of the ballot papers
"The test confirmed that the original machine number accurately reproduced the election winner," said the State Secretary in a statement on Thursday evening.
Raffensperger is expected to officially confirm Biden's win on Friday.
Trump, who has claimed without evidence that there were widespread irregularities and fraud in states he lost to Biden, including Georgia, may still request a recount in Georgia after the results are confirmed as the profit margin is less than 0.5 Percent was.
The previous Thursday, rally goers had dressed up as Uncle Sam and waved pro-Trump and American flags as they demonstrated in Atlanta on Thursday.
Trump and his supporters have claimed that Biden won due to massive election fraud, despite the lack of evidence to back the charges
Rally goers speak with megaphones in front of their peers during the “Stop the Steal” demonstration in Atlanta on Thursday
Above is a supporter of the President holding a copy of the Bible in front of the State Capitol in Atlanta Thursday
A Trump supporter wraps himself in an American flag during Thursday's Stop the Steal rally in Atlanta
A pro-Trump rally-goer speaks to the crowd using a microphone and loudspeaker in Atlanta on Thursday
The president tweeted graphs on Thursday highlighting inadequacies in Michigan’s vote counting
Participants denounced the alleged "widespread fraud" that led to Biden being declared the state's winner.
Among those who addressed the crowd were Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and far-right commentator Nick Fuentes.
The protesters sang, "Don't steal the elections", "We want Trump" and "Stop the masks".
Another protest is planned for Saturday at the State Capitol in Atlanta.
Despite allegations by Trump and his supporters, no evidence of a conspiracy to fix the election for Biden has been exposed.
It was up to Raffensperger to choose the race to be tested, and he said the President's race made the most sense because of its importance and the narrow scope between candidates.
Because of this small margin, Raffensperger said that a full hand count was necessary.
Votes that were not previously counted were found in several districts during the audit, which required reconfirmation of the election results in those districts.
In Floyd County, more than 2,500 ballot papers were discovered during the previously unscanned audit, and the Secretary of State had called for the county's chief electoral officer, Robert Brady, to be fired.
Participants denounced the alleged "widespread fraud" that led to Biden being declared the state's winner
Two of those who turned to the crowd were Conservative organizer Ali Alexander (seen with microphone) and the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio (seen with hat and sunglasses).
Rally goers hold pro-Trump flags and banners on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta Thursday
Trump and his supporters were furious at the Republican governor and secretary of state in Georgia 's refusal to intervene in the vote
Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, speaks to the crowd and gestures during Thursday's Stop the Steal rally in Atlanta
Biden shocked the political world by defeating Trump in Georgia, a state historically friendly to Republicans
A pro-Trump rallyist takes a selfie with Tarrio on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta on Thursday
Tarrio is the leader of Proud Boys, an organization classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center
Trump supporters gather in front of the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia for a "Stop the Steal" rally Thursday
A man dressed as Uncle Sam sits on a ladder during the Stop the Steal rally in Atlanta, Georgia Thursday
Despite allegations by Trump and his supporters, no evidence of a conspiracy to fix the election for Biden has been exposed
The protesters sang, "Don't steal the elections", "We want Trump" and "Stop the masks". Another protest is planned for Saturday at the State Capitol in Atlanta
After confirming the results, Trump can still request a recount in Georgia as the profit margin was less than 0.5 percent
The county electoral board voted Thursday to issue a written reprimand to Brady and, as that was his second written reprimand in six months, dismiss him according to the district's guidelines, board member Melanie Conrad said in an email.
Several other counties found memory cards with votes that were not uploaded and counted prior to the audit.
Biden took over and led Trump by around 14,000 votes.
The previously uncounted ballot papers discovered during the hand count will reduce that margin to about 12,800, polling officials said.
The Associated Press has not declared a winner in Georgia, where Biden led Trump by about 0.3 percentage points.
Georgia does not have a mandatory recount law, but state law provides this option for a subsequent candidate if the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.
It is AP practice not to name a race that is recounted or likely to be.
"It's hard to fathom what Donald thinks": Biden names Trump's plan to remove Michigan's electoral college ILLEGAL and says "he needs to know" that he lost
President-elect Joe Biden suggested Thursday that President Trump's efforts to get Michigan lawmakers to cast the state's electoral votes his way were illegal, and criticized the president's actions as "difficult to fathom".
Biden measured his words and paused long after he was asked about Trump's post-election actions – minutes after Trump's legal team came out to allege "massive" electoral fraud aimed at getting hundreds of thousands of votes in Philadelphia and the courts Detroit surrender.
"I'm confident he knows he didn't win," said Biden. It also busted Trump's refusal to allow a formal transition as stipulated in a federal law on the transition period.
President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks at The Theater in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, November 19, 2020 (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik).
He spoke after reports that Trump plans to bring Michigan State Republican leaders to the White House after a Wayne County advertising commission upheld the findings but the two Republican members made affidavits to withdraw their votes.
It pointed to the efforts of the White House to get state officials to override the referendum in states that voted for Biden. Biden defeated Trump in Michigan with more than 150,000 votes.
The apparent effort to lean on Republican lawmakers followed reports earlier Thursday that Trump had called the two Republican officials who refused to vote in Wayne County, home of Detroit and one of the largest concentrations of black voters in the nation , to confirm.
"Just me – it's hard to see how this man thinks," Biden said. "It's hard to fathom. I'm confident he knows he didn't win. He won't win and we will be sworn in on January 20th.
"I just know that I am far from questioning his motive, but what he does is just outrageous," he said.
He called Trump the "most irresponsible president in American history".
Biden, who has spent decades in the Senate, regularly cites his own rule to challenge rivals' motivations. He spoke on a day when Trump's motives are not very doubtful: he wants to peel off states that have chosen Biden in an attempt to erase his 306-vote victory on the electoral college.
"Really what the president is doing now is that it will be so," he said, his voice fading. He called it "yet another incident that will make him known as one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history."
"It's hard to see what this man thinks," President-elect Joe Biden said of President Trump
Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on November 19, 2020. Giuliani alleges a massive fraud and outlines a conspiracy between democratic cities, Venezuela, China and Biden
Then he called it & # 39; not within the norm at all. It's a question of whether it's even legal. "
& # 39; We won Michigan. It's going to be certified, ”Biden said.
Biden was also asked about the administration's refusal to receive a formal assessment that Biden was the winner, which would usher in a formal transition with meetings between Biden's aides and agency staff.
Biden said the government's refusal to meet with his team about COVID-19 and planning to distribute a vaccine would "put lives at risk."
Trump loses three cases in one day: judges dump GOP election lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, while the president's lawyers continue to scream about election fraud and insist he can still win
Trump and his allies lost court judgments in three states on Thursday to prevent Biden from taking office. This underscores their dwindling opportunities even as they continue to find a viable path to victory.
In Georgia, a Trump-appointed judge denied a motion by conservative attorney Lin Wood to suspend certification of Biden's victory in the state.
The lawsuit alleged that Georgia election officials had improperly changed the procedure for processing postal ballot papers.
"Literally stopping certification in the eleventh hour would create confusion and disenfranchisement, which in my opinion has no actual and legal basis," said US District Judge Steven Grimberg in Atlanta during a trial.
Meanwhile, an Arizona state judge also dropped a Republican-backed lawsuit to prevent Phoenix officials from certifying Biden as a winner – saying the suit could not be reworked and brought back.
Trump and his allies lost court judgments in three states on Thursday to prevent Biden from taking office. This underscores their dwindling opportunities even as they continue to find a viable path to victory
The trio of losses came as Trump's legal advisor, led by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, set out a detailed path to victory during a fiery press conference in Washington Thursday (pictured).
And in Pennsylvania, a state judge rejected the Trump campaign's offer to invalidate some 2,200 ballot papers in Bucks County, near Philadelphia, on alleged defects such as a lack of "confidentiality envelopes."
The trio of losses came when Trump's legal advisor, led by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, set out their unfounded claims of electoral fraud and set out a path to victory during a fiery press conference in Washington Thursday.
Trump's strategy of staying in power is increasingly focused on convincing Republican lawmakers to intervene on his behalf in the battlefield states that Biden won, three people familiar with the effort told Reuters.
Campaign efforts grew frantic after a string of defeats over the past week as more than a dozen cases were rejected or withdrawn in multiple states.
The judge, who delivered Georgia’s verdict on Thursday, appeared to recognize growing desperation and called the lawsuit Wood brought in his capacity as the average voter "creative" but said it gave him no basis to sue.
Conservative attorney L Lin Wood (pictured) filed a lawsuit to stop voting rights certification in Georgia
"There is no doubt that an individual's right to vote and even the right to vote is inviolable," said Justice Steven Grimberg of the Northern District of Georgia. He added, however, that "does not mean that individual voters have the right to dictate" how their votes are counted.
Wood's lawsuit, aimed at halting the confirmation of votes, accused Republican Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger of harming him as a voter by agreeing to a deal in March to vote the signatures on ballot papers.
Georgia assistant attorney general Russell Willard dismissed Woods' claims in an attempt to "change the rules at the end of the game to change the score".
Willard also said a decision in Wood's favor would result in "the greatest disenfranchisement in Georgia since the polling tax was abolished and Jim Crow's remains."
Judge Grimberg joined Willard, noting how Wood waited eight months to contest Raffensperger's March settlement agreement until the election for Biden was scheduled.
"It is well known that electoral disputes in the area of garden diversity do not lead to a constitutional deprivation," said the judge.
"The fact that the candidate or candidates this plaintiff voted for failed to win an election does not meet the legal standard for harm, let alone irreparable harm."
Georgia will confirm that Biden won his 16 votes for the electoral college on Friday after Raffensberger announced that a hand-check of the ballot papers confirmed the results.
Disenfranchisement was also the focus of Thursday's decision in Pennsylvania, where the Trump campaign wanted to ban more than 2,000 ballots for technical reasons.
Bucks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Baldi ordered local election officials to count all of these ballots as there was no evidence of fraud.
"It must be noted that the parties have expressly stated in their comprehensive statement of facts that there is no evidence of fraud, wrongdoing or inappropriateness in relation to the contested ballot," wrote Judge Baldi in his ruling.
& # 39; There is nothing on the file and nothing that would allegedly lead to the conclusion that any of the contested ballots were submitted by someone who was not qualified or eligible to vote in that election.
"At no point have the petitioners presented evidence or arguments to the contrary."
In Pennsylvania, a state judge rejected the Trump campaign's offer to invalidate around 2,200 ballot papers in Bucks County, near Philadelphia, on alleged defects
The Trump campaign has a federal lawsuit pending in Pennsylvania, but the judge overseeing the case was skeptical of the attorneys' arguments earlier this week.
The Arizona case, dismissed Thursday, was brought by the state's Republican Party, which asked Judge John Hannah to order a re-examination of ballots in Maricopa County, where the majority of Arizonans live that is in violation of state law.
Judge Hannah didn't explain why he rejected the motion, but said he would make a longer decision soon.
The Republican Party of Arizona said in a statement that it was seeking "judicial clarification" of a bill designating a sample for post-election review.
The statement said that the dispute should be resolved through future legislation.
The Biden campaign praised Judge Hannah's decision and described the lawsuit as "frivolous and rightly dismissed".
"Arizona's election was well conducted and transparent, and the right-wing fringe of the Republican Party of Arizona should stop undermining Arizona’s confidence in free and fair elections," said Geoff Burgan, director of communications for the Biden campaign in Arizona.
MEET THE ELITE STRIKE FORCE
President Donald Trump's attorneys – the group of attorneys working to reverse the election results in his favor – have called themselves the "Elite Strike Force Team" at a bizarre press conference in the Republican National Committee.
However, the group of five – Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, Boris Epshteyn, Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing – are known more for their involvement with conservative media, appearances on Fox News, and public advocacy for Trump than for winning election cases .
Here's a look at the president's legal team:
Rudy Giuliani: Hair obviously
He made a name for himself as the chief state attorney in New York City, where he fought the mob. He became a national hero on September 11th as he led the city through the worst terrorist attack in American history as mayor.
But at 76, he was Trump's personal lawyer for years and fed he conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine, arguing that it was a Ukrainian company that had the server of Hillary Clinton's emails.
The US intelligence services believe Giuliani is a target of an influence operation by the Russian government. It is believed that Giuliani has business clients with ties to Ukraine, although he did not publish his client list.
Now he is said to have asked the Trump campaign for $ 20,000 a day to fuel Trump's efforts to reverse the election results.
He has told the president that his other advisors failed to tell him the truth about his chances of success in his litigation in order to throw out the election results, the New York Times reported.
On Friday, Trump hired Giuliani to handle all election-related litigation and communications. This led to the press conference on Thursday at the Republican National Committee headquarters where Giuliani, using hair dye on both sides of his face, launched unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about electoral fraud and praised the film "My Cousin Vinny".
Trump raised Giuliani, a source told the Wall Street Journal, because "he was the only one who told the president he could win."
Sidney Powell: Plans to Unleash the Kraken
She represented Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn and was a major proponent of viral conspiracy theories about changing voices – theories she repeated Thursday.
In her string of bizarre claims, she said Hugo Chavez (who died in 2013) was part of a group of communists from China and Venezuela who helped rig the elections in Joe Biden's favor.
She also alleged that Dominion voting machine operators went in and cast votes for Biden while removing votes for Trump. She has shown no evidence to support her claims.
She has said she will release the Kraken when it comes to proving electoral fraud – a phrase that was trending on Twitter.
Trump first noticed her when she was on Fox News defending Flynn, her client. She has accused the Justice Department of the prosecution's wrongdoing against Flynn.
She has also alleged that Robert Mueller's Russia investigation was part of an intelligence agency conspiracy to force President Trump out of office.
Jenna Ellis: Called Trump an idiot in 2016
Ellis, a legal advisor to the Trump campaign, was reportedly part of an internal coup in which she and Giuliani were responsible for post-election legal strategy.
White House aides have expressed concern about them.
She was seen as an uncontrollable figure within the campaign that frequently provided President Trump with questionable information about suspected election fraud.
And it appeared on television without soliciting campaign officials' approval, Washington Post officials said.
She called herself "President-elect Jenna Ellis" on Twitter.
During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, she called Trump an "idiot", a "bully" and agreed that he was someone who was going to "Destroy American Democracy."
Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing: anti-Soros conspiracy theorists
The husband and wife legal team are panelists at Newsmax, a right-wing media company. They were regulars at Fox News until DiGenova made wild claims that much of the State Department was under the control of a well-known Jewish financier, George Soros.
Trump wanted her on his legal team for his impeachment – reportedly impressed by DiGenova's defense on Fox News – but the two were unable to join due to a conflict of interest.
You represent the Ukrainian businessman Dmitri Firtash, who has been charged with bribery and extortion by the US Department of Justice.
They also reportedly worked with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Giuliani employees who were arrested for campaign funding violations.
DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, suggested lawmakers tried to frame Trump when investigating whether his campaign had collaborated with Russia four years ago.
Toensing represented Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's assistant, when Trump pardoned him.
Boris Epshteyn: Eric Trump's Russian-born friend
He was Chief Political Commentator at Sinclair Broadcast Group until December 2019, when he joined President Trump's re-election campaign.
He was born in Moscow and immigrated to the USA with his parents as a child. He met Eric Trump at Georgetown University, where Epshteyn received his law degree.
Epshteyn became a special assistant in the Trump administration when the president took office. He wrote Trump's controversial Holocaust Remembrance Day statement in January 2017 that made no mention of the Jewish people. He later resigned from the White House in March 2017.
He also testified behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee as part of his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.
Rudy Giuliani was surrounded on stage by a maskless group, including from left Sidney Powell, Mike Flynn's attorney, Joseph diGenova and his wife Victoria Toensing, a legal team that has promoted conspiracy theories, and Boris Epshteyn, a Trump adviser
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