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CNN host Chris Cuomo characterized President Donald Trump’s presidency as being over during his Tuesday evening program, calling him a “dead man haunting the halls of a country in crisis.”
Cuomo, who was criticizing the president for failing to recognize Democrat Joe Biden as the president-elect, played a clip of then-President Barack Obama saying to then-President-elect Trump, “My number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful. We now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”
The host then notes, “That from a president and now we’re hearing from Trump who is no president, he is a dissident at best and a revenant in the main, a revenant, a dead man haunting the halls of a country in crisis.
“What do we do about it? You have to keep that energy up too. You have to be outraged by this,” Cuomo continued, before irresponsibly suggesting that Americans target Trump and Republicans in Congress in direct action.
“If this dead man walking and his zombie pals in Congress are looking to make this transition into a complete horror show, the only thing that’s going to stop them is the outrage of what they know just bit them in the behind at the polls, you coming out and being active like they did not expect,” he said.
Whether intentional or not, Cuomo misrepresented the examples of then-Vice President Joe Biden and Obama welcoming the incoming Trump-Pence administration.
In 2016, the outcome of the election was never in doubt; currently, however, President Trump’s campaign is challenging the results in several states and is alleging outright voter fraud in others.
Also, Biden has only been declared president-elect by media outlets, which is unprecedented in modern times. Electors from states do not meet and cast their ballots for president until Dec. 14.
After media outlets announced on Saturday that Biden would become the next president, Trump pushed back in an announcement saying “this election is far from over.”
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over,” the president said in a statement.
“Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” he added.
“The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election,” Trump said.
“It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access.”
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