More than a week after Joe Biden's victory, Donald Trump still does not intend to begin the transition of power. Very active on Twitter, the American president wrote on Sunday: “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! ” Then: “RIGGED ELECTION. WE WILL WIN!" And finally, in response to those who saw it as a first admission of his defeat: “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! ”
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! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
RIGGED ELECTION. WE WILL WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
While the results are being certified, less than a month before the electoral college vote (December 14), Joe Biden's victory is clear, with 306 voters against 232 for Donald Trump, but the latter still refuses to admit it. He shows his determination to exhaust all remedies while his lawyers have chained defeats in court in recent days (nine just on Friday). Two renowned firms have even ceased their collaboration with the Trump campaign, in which the counterattack is led by Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of the billionaire who tried, unsuccessfully, to spark a scandal involving Hunter Biden, the democrat's son.
Among the votes considered illegal denounced by the Trump campaign in Georgia are some deceased voters ... who turned out to be alive. Ballots that arrived by mail after election day in Nevada were from military personnel deployed overseas. In Pennsylvania, where the strategy has been to try to stop ballot counting when Donald Trump was in the lead, lawyers assured Trump campaign observers were not in the room. When questioned by a judge, a lawyer finally admitted that there was "a number which is not zero" of Republicans monitoring the count. The mail-in ballots, counted after those of the in-person vote, ended up giving Joe Biden the edge in that state last Saturday, allowing him to pass the 270 electorate mark needed to win the presidency.
In 2016, already, accusations of fraud
Delegitimizing the election by crying fraud, while no proof has yet been provided, is a strategy that Donald Trump had already deployed ... in 2016. Even if he had won the election in electoral college, he had not supported Hillary Clinton to count 2.7 million more votes in the popular vote. He then denounced "millions of illegal voters" and in May 2017 signed a presidential decree calling for an investigation into this "electoral fraud". The commission in charge of the investigations had assured, in spring 2018, not to have found any evidence confirming the presidential accusations. Despite these accusations, Hillary Clinton admitted defeat and Barack Obama invited him to the White House the day after the election on November 10, 2016.
In recent months, when the polls put him far behind Joe Biden, Donald Trump was already disseminating elements currently in place. In the spring, when the Democrats began to call for the generalization of the use of postal voting, both to denounce the deletions of polling stations and to prevent the fears of voters in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Donald Trump assured that this method of voting could only be synonymous with fraud. Despite all the accusations coming from the White House, the government's Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council said the poll was "the safest in history" in the country.