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In a first since Election Day, President Donald Trump appeared to tentatively admit that Democratic rival Joe Biden “won” their contest, but quickly added that the race was “rigged” and he’s not conceding yet. Twitter users jumped all over the “he won” part, leaving off the context, as usual.
“He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!” Trump tweeted along with a video of Fox News host Jesse Watters, who was also questioning Biden’s victory. As of yet, those claims remain unproven.
The president followed up that tweet with this: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”
The president’s tweets come as legal challenges to ballot results and other voting irregularities in at least three states failed last week.
A federal appeals court on Friday tossed out a Trump campaign lawsuit that attempted to block some 9,300 mail-in ballots from being counted that arrived after Election Day in Pennsylvania.
The panel referenced the “vast disruption” and “unprecedented challenges” that faced the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the ruled to uphold the state’s three-day balloting extension.
The Trump campaign had argued that state election officials and the state’s Supreme Court had no authority to change voting rules and requirements because the U.S. Constitution only grants that authority to state legislatures. The Trump campaign currently has a similar case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, a judge on Friday rejected an appeal to halt the certification of election results in the Detroit area after batting down claims the city committed election fraud and tainted the final voting tally by allegedly mishandling absentee ballots. The rejection marks the third case where a judge has declined to intervene in a state where election officials claim Biden leads Trump by 140,000 votes.
In Arizona, another judge tossed a Trump campaign lawsuit that sought an inspection of ballots in the metropolitan Phoenix area after the president’s lawyers admitted that there was only a small number of them and as such would not affect the outcome in the state.
At the same time, Republicans managed to pick up seats in the House, cutting into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority. And Democrats have so far failed to win a substantial number of Senate seats, allowing them to take over the majority in the upper chamber.
Right now, Republicans have a two-seat majority in the Senate, 50-48, with both Senate races in Georgia going to a special election on Jan. 5. Democrats will need to win both in order to win control of the chamber, with Vice President Kamala Harris being the tiebreaker if, in fact, she and Biden go on to victory.
Media outlets nearly universally proclaimed Biden “president-elect” about a week ago, leading to complaints from the Trump campaign and his tens of millions of supporters who said electors won’t meet to decide the outcome until next month.
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