Because the tortuous US presidential election appeared headed to a conclusion, Donald Trump addressed the nation Thursday and claimed with out proof that he was being robbed of a second time period.
The White Home press convention was the president’s first public look in additional than 36 hours, and got here after a day punctuated by tweets that confirmed his displeasure as his Democratic rival Joe Biden moved nearer to victory.
In his 17-minute presentation Trump made a sequence of inaccurate feedback concerning the election and its conduct. He left with out taking questions.
AFP breaks down what he mentioned.
“When you rely the authorized votes, I simply win. When you rely the unlawful votes, they will attempt to steal the election from us,” Trump mentioned.
Vote counting is ongoing. The president gave the impression to be drawing a distinction between votes forged on election day and ballots counted later.
In a number of key states together with Pennsylvania — which Trump should win to be reelected — in-person ballots have been counted straight after polls closed on November 3, giving him a big lead over Biden.
However as ballots despatched by mail or deposited at official drop bins — carried out due to the coronavirus pandemic — have been counted, the president’s benefit eroded. Each varieties of voting are authorized.
“I have been speaking about mail-in voting for a very long time. It is actually destroyed our system. It is a corrupt system and it makes folks corrupt even when they don’t seem to be, by nature. However they develop into corrupt. It is too straightforward,” Trump mentioned.
The president has persistently railed in opposition to mail-in voting, saying it might trigger a “rigged” election. However US officers and worldwide observers have mentioned there was no fraud.
“They’re discovering ballots unexpectedly. It is superb how all these mail-in ballots are so one-sided,” he mentioned, although his personal warnings could nicely have persuaded Republican voters in opposition to voting by mail.
Mail-in voting was in use in the US lengthy earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s a tried and examined system that was vastly expanded this 12 months.
“There’s merely no foundation for the conspiracy principle that voting by mail causes fraud,” Ellen Weintraub of the US Federal Election Fee (FEC) mentioned as a part of a 66-tweet thread in Could, as Trump ramped up his assaults on postal voting.
“We take all election-related threats significantly,” mentioned FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifying on September 24 at a Senate nationwide safety listening to.
“We have now not seen, traditionally, any type of coordinated nationwide voter fraud effort in a serious election, whether or not it is by mail or in any other case,” he mentioned.
Claims of victory
“We have been profitable in all the important thing areas, by quite a bit truly, after which our numbers began miraculously getting whittled away in secret,” Trump claimed.
He went on to assert that he received the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia by “quite a bit,” and likewise mentioned he was victorious in Michigan.
Trump was as soon as forward in all three states, however his leads dwindled when mail-in ballots have been counted. Biden now has a major benefit in Michigan — US networks referred to as it in his favor — and is quickly narrowing the hole in Pennsylvania.
Trump’s lead within the southern state of Georgia fell to 0.1 p.c whereas he was talking.
“This can be a case the place they’re attempting to steal an election, they’re attempting to rig an election,” the president mentioned of his opponents.
There isn’t any proof to assist that declare.
Management of the Senate
“We saved the Senate regardless of having twice as many seats to defend as Democrats,” Trump mentioned.
With votes nonetheless being counted and at the very least one runoff to come back, definitive management of the higher home of the US legislature has not been decided. As of 0230 GMT on Friday, the cut up is 48-48 between Democrats and Republicans, in accordance with The New York Occasions.
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