President-elect Joe Biden carried out a violent attack on President Donald Trump's spate of lawsuits and allegations of election fraud, and in a prime-time speech on Monday called for the "will of the people" to be honored.
Biden spoke from Wilmington, Delaware, hours after his Electoral College victory became official and he passed the 270 Electoral Vote threshold.
His speech was not a victory lap but an attempt to establish his own legitimacy as he called on Trump's relentless attempt to reverse the results of his strongest attack on the sitting president since last month's election victory.
"Respecting the will of the people is at the heart of our democracy, even if we find these results difficult to accept," said Biden, referring to Trump's refusal to admit or accept the results.
"Respecting the will of the people is at the heart of our democracy, even if we find these results difficult to accept," said Biden on the day the electoral college met in state capitals across the country
Biden repeatedly cleared his throat, addressing the repeated legal defeats of the Trump campaign, and pointing out the devastating Supreme Court decision on Friday.
& # 39; The Trump campaign presented dozens and dozen of legal challenges. They were heard over and over again. And every time they were heard it was found to be unfounded, ”he said.
He noted that his own electoral college earnings matched Trump's, and at the time, President Trump was calling the electoral college's record a landslide. By his own standards, those numbers were a clear victory then, and I suggest that they do so now with respect. & # 39;
Speaking of the creation of the nation, he added, "And we now know that nothing, not even a pandemic or abuse of power, can put out that flame."
Although Biden has tried to focus on his agenda and the coronavirus during much of his public statements since networks called the race for him weeks ago, his Monday speech was an attempt to set a clear marker and establish the legitimacy of the elections.
It came as a group of influential Republican Senators, including the Senate Majority Whip, John Thune of Senator Rob Portman of South Dakota, Ohio, who eventually referred to him as the "President-Elect".
In America, politicians don't take power. The people give them power, ”Biden said.
He praised "courageous state and local officials and election workers" – a tip not only for those who cast the vote despite the coronavirus, but also for Republican officials who resisted Trump's repeated claims that they are taking action to get the vote in their states to fall.
He said they showed "absolute courage" and "deep and unwavering trust in the law and commitment to the law".
"And they couldn't and wouldn't believe what they knew wasn't true."
Although he didn't name them, officials like Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffesnperger resisted strong pressure from Trump and his allies to sway the outcome.
“It was really remarkable because so many of these patriotic Americans were exposed to so much: tremendous political pressure, verbal abuse, and even threats of physical violence. While we all wish that our fellow Americans in these positions would always show so much courage and commitment to free and fair elections, I hope that we will never again see anyone exposed to the threats and abuse we saw in these elections to have. It's incomprehensible, ”said Biden.
"The Court has given President Trump and his allies a clear signal that they will not be part of this unprecedented assault on our democracy," he added.
He pointed to former Homeland Security Secretary of State for Cybersecurity Christopher Krebs, who described the election as "the safest in American history" before being fired.
The president-elect also repeatedly shot at the Kraken lawsuits, which Trump and his allies swore would change the outcome.
In America, when questions are asked about the legitimacy of an election, those questions are resolved through legal process. And that's exactly what happened here. The Trump campaign brought dozens and dozen of legal challenges to test the results. You were heard. And they turned out to be unfounded, ”Biden said.
"Time and again, President Trump's attorneys presented their arguments twice to state officials, state lawmakers, state and federal courts, and ultimately to the United States Supreme Court. They were heard by more than 80 judges across the country. In each case, no reason or Evidence found to reverse, question, or deny the results, ”he said.
Recounts made no difference either.
"The results in Georgia were counted three times," he said. & # 39; It didn't change the outcome. The recount we did in Wisconsin actually increased our margin. The margin we had in Michigan was fourteen times what President Trump had made for the state four years ago. & # 39;
President-elect Joe Biden's hoarse voice and persistent cough during his Monday night speech sparked concern on social media and prompted a doctor to urge him to cough into his elbow
Dr. Melody McCloud tweeted Biden's senior advisor Karine Jean-Pierre to advise Biden to cough in his inner elbow instead of saying in his hand, "No more coughing in his hand. SEET a good example & # 39;
Biden's hoarse voice and persistent cough during his Monday evening speech sparked concern among viewers and prompted a doctor to urge him to cough into his elbow.
During his speech from Wilmington, Delaware, he stopped to cough and clear his throat several times. He led social media users to joke, saying, “Have some water, Joe. You scare us "
A Twitter user asked, "Does Biden need a COVID test?" and another interfered: "Somebody gets Biden a Robitussin status !!!"
A doctor tweeted Biden Senior Advisor Karine Jean-Pierre to advise Biden to cough in his inner elbow rather than his hand.
& # 39; Congratulations. But please … please advise President-elect Biden to cough into the curve of his arm, not his hand. As a doctor, I am shocked every time I see this. You're welcome. Practice it & # 39; prn & # 39; (if necessary) but no more coughing in his hand. Set a good example. Thank you very much, ”tweeted Dr. Melody McCloud.
Scott Detrow, political correspondent for the NPR, said it was normal for Biden to clear his throat and cough in speeches, but noted, "This is the most persistent cough I've ever heard."
Biden decided on Monday to speak about important developments: the formal electoral college meeting and the Supreme Court that dismissed a Texas Attorney General's lawsuit against the elections in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
"Yet none of these stopped unsubstantiated claims about the legitimacy of the results," he said.
What's even more amazing is that 17 Republican attorneys general and 126 Republican Congressmen actually signed a Texas state lawsuit.
& # 39; This legal maneuver was an attempt by elected officials in a group of states to get the Supreme Court to wipe out the votes of more than twenty million Americans in other states and hand the presidency to a candidate who has lost the electoral college . lost the referendum and lost every single state whose votes they wanted to reverse, ”he said, pointing to Trump's multiple defeats.
Biden with his wife Dr. Jill Biden before giving his presentation at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware
"It's such an extreme position that 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 respect our constitution. Fortunately, it did a unanimous Supreme Court immediately and completely rejected these efforts, ”he said.
In polls where a sizable number of Americans questioned the legitimacy of voting in Trump's ongoing attacks, Biden repeatedly pointed to the numbers of victory for himself and his fellow campaigner Kamala Harris.
"More than 81 million of those votes were cast for me and Vice-President-Elect Harris," said Biden. & # 39; This is also a record number. More votes than any ticket in American history received. & # 39;
& # 39; That's a profit margin of more than 7 million votes versus the number of votes cast for President Trump and Vice President Pence. In total, Vice President-elect Harris and I received 306 votes – far more than the 270 votes required to win, ”he said.
The story gave him a handy number to quote. & # 39; 306 electoral votes is the same number of electoral votes Donald Trump and MikePence received in 2016. At the time, President Trump was calling his electoral college roster a landslide. By his own standards, those numbers were a clear victory back then. And I respectfully suggest that you do so now. & # 39;
He called the numbers of the results so great that this election is now seen as the clearest demonstration of the true will of the American people – one of the most amazing demonstrations of civic duty we have ever seen in our country. It should be celebrated, not attacked, ”Biden said.
Biden looked back to early 2017 when he as outgoing Vice President and President of the Senate affirmed the results of Trump's victory that devastated Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
"I did my job," he said.
"Now is the time to turn the page, as we have done in all of our history. Unite. To heal," he intoned.
Biden also referred to his campaign theme "Soul of America".
"In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed," he said. “The flame of democracy was kindled in this nation a long time ago. And we now know that nothing – not even a pandemic – or abuse of power – can put out that flame. & # 39;
Biden's electoral college win became official shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday when California's votes pushed him over the 270-vote threshold.
As of the California vote, Biden had 302 electoral college votes, of which 306 were 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 that Barr was leaving the administration. Trump had been furious with Barr all weekend without revealing that federal agencies were investigating Biden's son Hunter's taxes ahead of the November 3 election.
Biden noted that his own electoral college win matched Trump's
President-elect Joe Biden will address the nation Monday night and say it is time to turn the page after the vote in the electoral college confirms he is the winner
An Ohio State Secretary seals the state's official ballot as voters gather in state capitals across the country during the 55th Electoral College meeting on Monday
He also spoke about the coronavirus, the good vaccine news, and the gruesome milestone of 300,000 deaths in the United States that was reached on Monday.
"What hits the heart of the American people is this: democracy," said Biden. & # 39; The right to be heard. So that your vote counts. To elect the leaders of that nation. To rule ourselves. & # 39;
Biden's "abuse of power" comment was a clear blow to Trump, who still refuses to allow the election. This disgruntled MP Paul Mitchell – an outgoing Conservative Republican – left the party so badly on Monday that he will be independent during his final weeks of Congress.
"This election just confirms to me that power comes first, and that's frankly gross and demoralizing," Mitchell told CNN.
Republican lawmakers have been slow to designate Biden as elected president since the November 7 election first scheduled for him. After the vote in the electoral college, there was some movement.
"Now we have the constitutional threshold and will deal with Vice President Biden as President-elect," said GOP Senator Roy Blunt. "The president obviously still has all the options he has, but today's vote was a significant one."
Senator Lindsey Graham, a top ally of the president, would not fully close the door on Trump's possible second term.
"It's a very, very narrow path for the President. I don't see how it gets there from here considering what the Supreme Court has done," said Graham. "But after I say that, we will be this one let legal challenges play. "
The latest Trump campaign plan, formulated Monday morning by White House adviser Stephen Miller, was for Republican "voters" to gather in or near the state houses where the actual electoral college voters gather met to cast their own votes for Trump.
"As we speak today, an alternate list of voters in the contested states will be voting and we will send those results to Congress," said Miller at Fox & Friends.
'This will ensure that all of our remedies remain open. That is, if we win these cases in court, we can instruct these alternate voters to be certified, ”he added.
In Georgia, a group of Republicans actually met in a separate room in the state capital and cast ballots for Trump. In Michigan, a group of Republicans tried to do the same, but were denied access to the capital. The Pennsylvania GOP said they had gathered to cast ballots "at the request of the Trump campaign."
But even Bernie Comfort, the chairman of the Trump campaign in Pennsylvania, admitted the vote was little more than a stunt.
"We have made this procedural coordination in order to safeguard any future legal claims," said Comfort in a statement. "This was in no way an effort to usurp or dispute the will of Pennsylvania voters."
And despite these gimmicks, Biden still called the election a success.
& # 39; We, the people, voted. Maintained trust in our institutions. The integrity of our elections will be preserved, ”Biden said. & # 39; And now it's time to turn the page. Unite. Cure. & # 39;
Miller's claim that "legal remedies remain open" contradicted reality. Trump saw Texas’s offer to overturn the Supreme Court's election on Friday and spent the weekend angrily tweeting that the nine judges lacked "wisdom and courage".
And on Monday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ended another lawsuit by Trump against the results, another defeat for the president, who has put down dozens of lawsuits since voting against him.
Biden's win earned him 81,282,376 votes, compared to Trump's 74,222,576 votes in the referendum – although Trump was usually the one to refer to his vote count repeatedly until Monday.
His victory was announced by major TV networks on November 7th but is still not recognized by Trump, who instead spent more than a month angrily claiming the election was "rigged" or "stolen" and dozens of defeats recorded in court. The Supreme Court hammered a nail into his coffin last Friday.
The vote in the electoral college leaves Trump's path to overturn the outcome that is now essentially impossible: he must convince both the House and Senate to remove the swing states' votes.
Among those voting on Monday are Hillary and Bill Clinton, who are electoral college voters in New York. Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has also been widely blamed for Biden's victory in the state.
Symbolic moment: Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill were both New York state voters and traveled to Albany to cast their votes for Joe Biden when Electoral College confirmed his victory
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (left) and former President Bill Clinton (right) cast their votes for President-elect Joe Biden in the state electoral college on Monday in New York
Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, took part in the New York Electoral College vote in Albany on Monday
Former President Bill Clinton joined his wife in Albany on Monday and voted for Democrat Joe Biden, who won the 29 New York votes
Victor: In swing state of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, the loser to the 2018 governor, presided over the state electoral college vote for Joe Biden – a bitter defeat for Donald Trump and the end of the lawsuit
Miller said "an alternate list of voters" would meet in swing states on Monday, and their numbers would also be sent to Congress, which will summarize the actual results of the electoral college on Jan. 6
Trump continued to make wild allegations of electoral fraud Monday morning, claiming a "water main break" had been staged in Georgia so that Biden votes could be added. A senior GOP election official in Georgia has already debunked similar claims about a water leak
Protests: This was the scene in Harrisburg, PA, outside of the state capital. Security in the swing states had increased when the voters met, but there were few demonstrators
A group of Republicans in Georgia gathered and cast their own votes for President Donald Trump, a plan Stephen Miller revealed to Fox & Friends on Monday morning
Security was increased in many Swing State capitals, fears that confirmation of Biden's victory would spark protests.
For example, Michigan's Legislative Office buildings have been closed to the public for "credible threats of violence," state officials said Sunday night.
And State House member Gary Eisen, a Republican, was disciplined by his own party for couldn't guarantee that confirming Biden's victory in the state would not lead to violence.
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a handful of pro-Trump protesters protested outside the state capital.
Once the vote is counted, the results will be sent to Washington and counted in a joint Congressional session on Jan. 6, which will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.
Voter votes have attracted more attention than usual this year because Trump refused to allow the election and continues to raise unsubstantiated allegations of fraud.
He continued to tweet wild allegations throughout Monday.
Answering a question from 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 were waiting 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 and a false" water main break "to recover!" Said Trump.
A water leak occurred in a Georgia location, but a senior Republican election official said it did not affect the number of votes.
As Biden neared 270 votes, the number he needed to make his victory official, Trump tweeted on – and shared a comment in the conservative Washington Times claiming there were problems with the Dominion electoral system rolled into one County in Michigan.
Trump is trying to undermine Biden's presidency before it even begins.
Voters on the electoral college in Georgia, a state that switched from red to blue, cast their 16 votes for Biden
In Vermont, Elector Kesha Ram fills out her presidential election in the Statehouse in Montpelier
Tennessee voters met Monday to cast the vote for the electoral college. Tennessee's votes went to Trump
New Hampshire voters met Monday to cast the state's four votes in Biden's favor
Arkansas voters will be sworn in on Monday. Arkansas has six votes for Trump
New York's 29 votes went to Biden, even though it was the state Trump was born in
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot chairs the Electoral College meeting in Illinois
“No, I'm worried that the country has an illegitimate president, that's what I worry about. A president who has lost again and again, "Trump said in an interview with Fox News that was taped on Saturday.
His attempt to introduce "alternative voters" has been mocked by George Conway, the anti-Trump husband of the former White House adviser to President Kellyanne Conway.
"Next, they will declare Palm Beach the 'alternative' capital of the United States and Mar-a-Lago the 'alternative' executive mansion," Conway tweeted Monday morning.
MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN, who has refused to condemn violence, is being disciplined by the party
A Michigan Republican lawmaker was disciplined for failing to denounce potential violence in the Capitol before Democratic presidential elections meet to vote for Joe Biden, who won the state against President Donald Trump.
St. Clair Township State Rep. Gary Eisen told WPHM-AM Monday that he intended to help with an unspecified GOP plan for "Hail Mary" to contest the election, and admitted that the "unknown" action would likely not change the outcome.
When asked if he could guarantee people's safety, he said "no".
House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Speaker-Elect Jason Wentworth, both Republicans, removed iron from committees in the final days of the two-year session. In a statement, they said threats or suggestions of violence in politics are never acceptable, even if officials open the door to violent behavior and refuse to condemn it. We have to do better. & # 39;
The 16 voters and leading Democratic civil servants such as Governor Gretchen Whitmer are due to gather in the Senate Chamber on Monday afternoon. Legislative offices are closed due to threats of violence. The Capitol is closed to the public due to coronavirus restrictions.
After weeks of Republican litigation that was easily dismissed by the judges, Trump and Republican allies tried last week to convince the Supreme Court to overturn 62 votes for Biden in four states, which may have cast doubt on the outcome.
The judges denied the effort on Friday.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Monday against another of the "Kraken" trials promised by Trump allies. This time the state Supreme Court ruled against the attempt to evict 221,000 minority-affected people in Milwaukee and Daine Counties.
Judge Brian Hagedorn said the Trump campaign was "not entitled to the relief sought."
The conservative judge used a sports analogy to tip the ball. & # 39; Our laws allow the flag of challenge to be raised in relation to various aspects of election administration. However, the challenges the campaign poses in this case come long after the last game, or even the last game. The campaign challenges the rules that were adopted before the start of the season. & # 39;
The Trump camp also wanted to exclude ballots from those who claimed to be "indefinitely" and absent. But this, like other challenges, was brought too late. The campaign also challenged postal ballot papers collected by campaign workers in parks.
Democratic election attorney Marc Elias, who has been tracking Trump's electoral mistakes, said it was the 59th defeat. He wrote that all important cases have now been decided after the elections. "Trump and his allies are 1-59 in post-election litigation," according to Elias' count.
Biden plans to address the nation Monday night after the voters vote.
Biden won 306 votes to 232 votes for Trump.
It takes 270 votes to be elected.
In 32 states and the District of Columbia, the law requires voters to vote for the referendum winner.
The Supreme Court unanimously upheld this ruling in July.
In any case, voters almost always vote for the state winner because they usually dedicate themselves to their political party.
There is no reason to expect defects this year.
Prominent voters include 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is allowed to vote against Trump – Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams and South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem.
The vote is decidedly low-tech, on paper.
The voters cast one vote each for the President and the Vice-President.
The electoral college was the result of a compromise in the drafting of the constitution between those who supported the election of the president by referendum and those who refused to give the people the power to choose their leader.
Each state receives a number of voters equal to its total number of seats in Congress: two senators plus how many members the state has in the House of Representatives.
Washington, D.C. has three votes on a constitutional amendment that was ratified in 1961.
With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, states give all of their electoral college votes to the referendum winner in their state.
The deal struck by the nation's founders resulted in five elections in which the president failed to win the referendum.
Trump was the most recent example in 2016.
Before that, it was George W. Bush, another Republican, in 2000.
Biden surpassed Trump this year with more than 7 million votes.
On January 6, Congress will sum up the vote in a House session that Pence will chair as President of the Senate.
Some House Republicans have announced they will be questioning certain states' censuses, but they need a Senate member to do so successfully.
In that case, the House and Senate would have to discuss the challenge and maintain the balance sheet for several hours.
A simple majority will end the challenge.
From there there is one more step: the inauguration on January 20th.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects Trump's final attempt to end certification shortly before the electoral college meeting in his capital city
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday denied President Donald Trump's lawsuit attempting to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the battlefield state and ended Trump's legal challenges in the state court about an hour before the electoral college meeting to order to cast the 10 votes of the state for Biden.
The court made arguments on Saturday, the same day a federal judge dismissed another lawsuit brought by Trump to overturn his loss in Wisconsin. Trump appealed against this ruling.
The president sought to have more than 221,000 ballot papers disqualified in Dane and Milwaukee counties, the two most democratic counties in the state.
In a 4-3 ruling, Judge Brian Hagedorn, a conservative letter in favor of the majority, said the Trump campaign "was not entitled to the relief sought."
President Donald Trump continues to refuse to admit, and White House Stephen Miller said Monday morning a group of "alternative voters" had met in swing states to cast votes for the president
Hagedorn used a sports analogy in ruling against Trump, saying he waited too long to file his complaints.
"Our laws allow the flag of challenge to be raised in relation to various aspects of electoral administration," Hagedorn wrote.
However, & # 39; the challenges the campaign poses in this case come long after the last game, or even the last game. The campaign challenges the rules that were adopted before the start of the season. & # 39;
Trump wanted to disqualify prematurely and personally submitted postal ballot papers and said no proper written request for the ballot papers had been made. Postal ballot papers from people claiming "indefinitely" status; Postal ballot papers collected by campaign workers in Madison Parks; and postal ballot papers, where employees filled in missing information on ballot envelopes.
The court ruled that Trump's contestation from indefinite voters was unfounded and that the other claims came too late.
Hagedorn's Liberal Judges Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky wrote separately to emphasize that there was no evidence of fraud in Wisconsin's election.
"Wisconsin voters followed the electoral rules," said Dallet and Karofksy. "No penalties were imposed and the end result was the result of a free and fair election."
Karofsky blasted Trump's case during Saturday's hearing, saying he smelled like racism and was un-American.
Conservative judges raised concerns about the casting of certain ballots while also questioning whether they could or should disqualify votes in only two counties.
Biden won Wisconsin by about 20,600 votes, a 0.6% margin that stood up to a Trump-requested recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the two with the most Democratic votes. Trump did not challenge ballots in the counties he won.
Trump and his allies have suffered dozens of defeats in Wisconsin and across the country based on unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud and election abuse. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit in Texas seeking to invalidate Biden's victory by millions of votes in four battlefield states, including Wisconsin.
Also on Saturday, former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell asked the US Supreme Court to hear a federal case lost in Wisconsin to order GOP-controlled lawmakers to declare Trump the winner. Powell has lost similar cases in Georgia and Arizona as well.
Trump calls Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp a "clown" and demands that he hold a special session on signatures to avoid a "bad day" for GOP senators in the state's runoff elections
Donald Trump called the Georgia Republican governor "a fool" Sunday night and referred to him as "that clown" in a volley of angry tweets accusing Republicans of allowing Democrats to steal the elections.
Trump punished the Supreme Court for refusing to hear a lawsuit in Texas seeking to overturn Joe Biden's victory and raging against an election he considers stolen.
Particular anger was directed against Brian Kemp, for whom he fought in 2018.
Trump believes the Georgia governor has let him down by failing to pursue sufficiently forceful allegations of fraud in a state that has swung the Democrat for the first time in 30 years.
"What an idiot Georgia Governor @BrianKempGA is," he tweeted just after midnight.
“Could have been that easy, but now we have to do it the hard way.
Ask this clown to call a special session and start signature verification NOW.
"Otherwise, January 5th could be a bad day for two GREAT Senators."
Donald Trump, seen on Saturday, unleashed a volley of tweets on Sunday evening to attack the election result
Trump described Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, as "a fool" and referred to him as "that clown".
On January 5th there will be a runoff election in the Senate, in which it will essentially be decided who controls the chamber. Trump is trying to find a way to keep claiming that the vote was fraudulent, yet encourages his supporters to trust the system enough to bother to participate and vote.
On the previous Sunday evening, Trump had put some of his unfounded favorite claims about electoral fraud in a rant that took place hours before the electoral college vote on Monday.
"The RINOS (Republicans on behalf only), who run the state electoral machinery, have caused us the problem that the Democrats were so blatantly cheating in their attempt to steal the elections that we overwhelmingly won," he wrote lame duck president after spending that day of golf at his club in Sterling, Virginia.
“How dare you allow this massive and ridiculous mail-in vote? Tens of millions of random ballots, some of which received two, three, or four ballots. We will never give up! & # 39;
Minutes later, he launched an attack on the Supreme Court by a Conservative majority of 6-3 for refusing to hear the lawsuit from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking to invalidate the results of the President in Texas and four other states.
& # 39; The fact that the Supreme Court would fail to stand on an original jurisdiction matter between multiple states, including the President of the States, is absurd. It is enumerated in the constitution, ”wrote Trump.
"They are just" crazy "and did not want to decide on the merits of the case. So bad for our country! & # 39;
Donald Trump raged against Republicans who accepted Joe Biden as elected president and fined the Supreme Court for refusing to hear a lawsuit in Texas attempting to overturn election results in a Twitter rant on Sunday night after spending the day golfing at his club in Sterling. Virginia (pictured)
The lame duck president began his ranting against "RINOS" – Republicans in their name only – accusing them of allowing the Democrats to steal the elections which he says he won "overwhelmingly".
Minutes later he attacked the Supreme Court for refusing to hear a lawsuit nullifying the results of the presidential election in Texas and four other states
Shortly thereafter, he went one step further in another Twitter thread, writing, “Swing states that have found massive VOTER FRAUD, which is all of them, CANNOT LEGALLY certify those votes as complete and correct without a highly criminal one To commit crimes.
“Everyone knows that the dead, minors, illegal immigrants, false signatures, prisoners and many others voted illegally. Also, machine "glitches" (another word for FRAUD), ballot harvesting, non-resident voters, fake ballot papers, "ballot box filling", votes for pay, roughened Republican election observers, and sometimes even more votes than people voting. took place in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and elsewhere.
In all cases of the swing state, there are far more votes than necessary to win the state and the election itself. Therefore, votes cannot be certified. This election is under protest! & # 39;
Twitter tagged each of the tweets with the word "fraud" – five total – with a warning that read, "This election fraud claim is controversial."
Twitter tagged each of Trump's tweets with the word "scam".
The president's recent outbursts have been criticized by people in his own party, including former New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
"The legal theory put forward by his legal team and the president is absurd," he told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday morning, referring to the failed lawsuit in Texas.
“The reason the Supreme Court did not accept this is because it is an absurd idea to believe that any state, or any number of states, no matter how good they are, has the right of another state to elections on its own To carry out discretion, to question.
"And there is no evidence either."
Christie also condemned Trump's recent attacks on Republican governors – mostly in swing states that went blue.
"What has gotten worse," he said, "is the president's attacks on good, hardworking, decent Republican governors."
"He calls them corrupt and also tells people things that are not true."
Karl Rove, who served as chief advisor to President George W. Bush, also expressed frustration with Trump on Sunday. He said he was about to look like a sore loser and urged him to put the country first and the results of the election.
When asked if he believed Trump would continue to contest the results after January 6, the day both the Senate and House of Representatives gather to officially count the votes, Rove told Fox News that this depends on Trump's goal.
"If his goal is to get the predicate, come back and run again in 2024, he'll at least help himself get the nomination, but I don't think he's helping himself or the country in the long run," said Rove.
"America likes comebacks, but they don't like sore losers, and he's about to look like a sore loser and probably will look like that after Jan 6th."
Rove said he wouldn't be surprised if there were attempts to "disrupt" the vote in some of the states the Trump camp denies, such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona and Michigan.
He said he thinks some Republicans will attempt some stunts during the Jan. 6 procedures that are usually nondescript.
Trump let off steam at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, ahead of his Twitter rant on Sunday night
The president was in high spirits as his motorcade drove past supporters who had gathered outside the golf club
Trump made similar comments about fraud and his "disappointment" to the Supreme Court in an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Sunday morning that said of the campaign, "It is not over yet."
He said he was concerned about the US "having an illegitimate president", likening alleged election fraud to elections in a "third world country" and alleging that swing democrats could "outsmart" their Republican counterparts to win the election manipulate Biden.
“We continue and we will continue to move forward. We have numerous local cases, "said Trump in his conversation with Kilmeade, which was caught on camera on Saturday at the Army-Navy soccer game.
He assured that his legal team had adequately "proven" the fraud in the elections.
"We have proven it, but no judge has had the courage, including the Supreme Court. I am so disappointed with them," he said.
After Trump first complained on Saturday about the Supreme Court's decision not to hear the Texas-led case, Twitter warned and temporarily banned people from liking and responding to the president's tweets.
"We try to prevent a tweet like this, which otherwise violates the Twitter rules, from reaching more people. So we have disabled most of the ways to get in touch with him," added the social media platforms in one added note to the contributions.
Trump told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade that his campaign was "not over" in an interview broadcast on Sunday morning
In his Twitter rant, he called the decision a "great and shameful miscarriage of justice". Twitter later told The Hill that the decision had been reversed, adding, "We inadvertently took steps to limit the number of engagements on the flagged tweet."
Also on Saturday, pro-Trump protesters came to Washington, DC, and again demanded: "Stop the theft!"
The president continued to be furious about the Supreme Court's decision during his interview on Fox News – especially after Trump nominated three unprecedented judges to the panel in his four years.
"No judge, not even before the United States Supreme Court, had the courage to allow a hearing," he said.
“The Supreme Court just said we have no position. So you are essentially saying that the President of the United States and Texas and these other states, great states, have no position, ”he continued.
The president also insisted that the campaign was "not over", adding, "We keep going and we will keep moving forward." We have numerous local cases. & # 39;
Judges Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said they heard the case but refused to reverse the election result. The other seven judges declined to hear the case and ended the legal tender.
& # 39; This is a big and shameful mistake by the judiciary. The people of the United States have been betrayed and our country has fallen from grace. Never given our day in court! & # 39; Trump tweeted from the White House on Saturday morning.
“I won the election in a landslide, but remember, I am only thinking of legal votes, not all of the fake voters and scammers who miraculously came in from everywhere! What a shame! & # 39; he went on.
Trump leaves the White House on Sunday. In his Twitter Rant Saturday, he described the Supreme Court decision as a "great and shameful miscarriage of justice".
The President plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Sunday. He continued to be furious during his interview on Fox News about the Supreme Court decision. The president told Fox News presenter Brian Kilmeade in an interview broadcast Sunday morning, "It's not over yet."
Trump, pictured on Sunday, has again insisted that "tens of thousands of ballot papers" have been illegally filed in what is known as a "rigged election".
On Sunday the president told Fox: “You are giving us very little time. But we caught them, as you know, fraudulently dropping ballots and doing so many things that no one can believe. & # 39;
Trump again insisted that "tens of thousands of ballot papers" were illegally submitted "a rigged choice".
He added: “This was not a close choice. You are looking at Georgia. We won Georgia big. We won Pennsylvania big. We won Wisconsin big. We won it big. & # 39;
Trump refused to speak about whether he will attend Biden's inauguration, adding, "What happened to this country is that we were like a third world country."
There are reports that instead of watching the peaceful transfer on Jan. 20, the President will be leaving the White House with Marine One from the South Lawn and taking one final Air Force One flight to Florida for a rally.
He is expected to use this rally to immediately announce that he will run for president in 2024 – and prepare him for four years of campaigning during Biden's tenure, during which Trump would certainly be his biggest critic.
More than 50 judgments from federal and regional courts have confirmed Biden's victory. Trump has refused to admit defeat, claiming without evidence that he was denied victory through massive fraud.
Ken Paxton of Texas AG said, "It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court has decided not to take this case and determine the constitutionality of these four states." Failure to comply with federal and state electoral law. "
A disappointed Texas AG Ken Paxton responded to the result on Twitter, saying, "It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court has ruled not to take this case and determine the constitutionality of these four states that do not comply with federal and state electoral law." "
Trump attempted to intervene in the case – and 126 members of the Republican House followed suit, while 17 states signed a friend of the court letter who supported the lawsuit in Texas.
The four states that were sued, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia, have classified the lawsuit as "legally unreasonable and contrary to the principles of constitutional democracy".
And the majority of the Supreme Court found that Texas was unable to even bring the case up. It also showed no "reasonably discernible interest in the way another state conducts elections".
In other words, Texas had no evidence of how it had been harmed by the electoral process in the four states singled out in the lawsuit.
Trump's attention on Sunday also turned to the coronavirus and the approval of the Pfizer vaccination.
The President said, “If I weren't the President – almost everyone, even the enemy – if I weren't the President, you would not have a vaccine for five years.
"I pressured the FDA and the companies and everyone else involved like no one had been pressured before, and now you have it in place."
At least four protesters were stabbed to death on Saturday evening after violence broke out between the Proud Boys and the Black Lives Matter counter-protesters after the second MAGA march in Washington DC.
The 15,000-strong crowd sang "Destroy the GOP" as they listened to speakers including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Rudy Giuliani's star fraud witness Melissa Carona, who claimed Trump was "the best president we've ever had".
Jones was charged with inciting violence after declaring, "Joe Biden is going to be removed one way or another!"
Thousands of loyal supporters of the president gathered in front of the Supreme Court after their decision on Friday.
In Washington state, a person was shot dead in clashes between pro-Trump protesters and counter-protesters.
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