Donald Trump clings to the bevy of bogus election claims
President Donald Trump clung to false notions Sunday that Joe Biden stole the US presidential election, citing hundreds of votes magically switched to the president-elect and ballot watchers illegally barred on Election Day, neither of which occurred.
Even after his administration agreed to permit the formal transition of energy to Biden to start, Trump insisted anew in his first reside interview since shedding the Nov. 3 election that he was a sufferer of widespread voter fraud. He failed to cite particular proof when repeatedly requested to achieve this.
“We won the race,” Trump instructed Fox News Channel. “This was corruption. Because we got far more votes than him.” None of these statements is true.
TRUMP: “We won.”
THE FACT: No, Biden received the election.
Biden earned 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, the identical margin that Trump had when he beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, which he repeatedly described as a “landslide.” (Trump ended up with 304 electoral votes as a result of two electors defected.) Biden achieved victory by prevailing in key states corresponding to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia.
Trump’s allegations of huge voting fraud have been refuted by a spread of judges, state election officers and an arm of his personal administration’s Homeland Security Department. Many of his marketing campaign’s lawsuits throughout the nation have been thrown out of court docket. No case has established irregularities of a scale that may change the end result.
Lawsuits that stay don’t comprise proof that may flip the consequence.
TRUMP, on Dominion Voting Systems electoral software program utilized in many states: “It all goes to Dominion … we had glitches where they moved thousands of votes from my account to Biden’s account. … They’re not glitches, they’re theft, they’re a fraud, absolute fraud.”
THE FACT: That’s not the case.
In truth, a coalition of state election officers and the Trump administration’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency declared the election was essentially the most safe in historical past, with “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.”
Trump has beforehand cited a report aired on the conservative tv community One America News Network, which promoted a idea posted to a pro-Trump weblog that claimed that tens of millions of votes have been switched or deleted in Biden’s favor.
The nameless commenter who posted the idea claimed the findings are supported by information from the polling agency Edison Research. Yet the corporate has not produced such a report, mentioned Larry Rosin, the president of Edison Research.
“We have no evidence of any voter fraud,” Rosin mentioned in an e-mail.
TRUMP: “Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes. … I got 63 million votes four years ago and won quite handily in the Electoral College… We were hoping to get 68 (million) or so and we felt that was a path to an easy victory. I got 74 million votes.”
TRUMP: “There’s no way Joe Biden got 80 million votes … There’s no way Joe Biden beat Barack Obama in the Black communities of various cities.”
THE FACTS: It’s not unrealistic in any respect that Biden received 80 million votes in an election the place turnout exceeded the mark set by the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama. Voter participation within the Nov. 3 election, in truth, was the very best in additional than a century.
As of Sunday, the tallied votes accounted for over 66% of the eligible voting-age inhabitants within the U.S, in accordance to the United States Elections Project, the very best since 1900, earlier than all girls have been allowed to vote.
The sheer quantity of votes additionally set data, though that’s a much less outstanding milestone given the nation’s rising inhabitants. Biden received greater than 80 million _ the very best quantity for a presidential candidate in historical past, with votes nonetheless being counted. Trump obtained greater than 73.9 million _ the very best complete for a shedding candidate.
Biden’s complete surpasses the 2008 document of 69.5 million votes solid for Obama. Biden was additionally on that ticket as Obama’s working mate. Election consultants and partisans level to numerous components accounting for the rise in civic participation.
Some famous that greater turnout was anticipated after many states expanded the time and the methods voters may solid ballots throughout the coronavirus pandemic, whereas others cited the terribly excessive passions Trump provoked, each for and in opposition to, in an election that amounted to a referendum on his management.
TRUMP: “You take a look at just about every state we’re talking about, every swing state we’re talking about. They did these massive dumps of votes and all of a sudden I went from winning by a lot to losing by a little.”
TRUMP, on election night time: “At 10 o’clock, everyone thought it was over. Then the phoney mail-ins started coming.”
THE FACTS: That’s inaccurate. Trump is definitely describing a reputable vote counting course of, not a sudden surge of malfeasance that nobody has seen earlier than.
Indeed, information organizations and officers had warned within the days main up to the election that the outcomes would possible are available simply as they did: In-person votes, which have a tendency to be counted extra shortly, would possible favor the president, who had spent months warning his supporters to keep away from mail-in voting and to vote in particular person both early or on Election Day.
And mail-in-ballots, which take longer to depend since they should be faraway from envelopes and verified earlier than they’re counted, would favor Biden. That sample was exacerbated by the truth that many states prohibited the counting of mail-in votes that arrived earlier than Election Day.
In addition, massive cities are sometimes slower to report their numbers, and people votes have a tendency to skew Democratic. Likewise, many states have a tendency to depend mail-in ballots on the finish of the method.
TRUMP, alleging fraud in Pennsylvania: “They weren’t allowed to have poll watchers.”
THE FACTS: That’s false.
Trump is wholly misrepresenting a court docket case within the state and what occurred at voting locations. No one tried to ban ballot watchers representing both sides within the election. Democrats didn’t attempt to cease Republican representatives from having the ability to observe the method.
The essential difficulty within the case was how shut observers representing the events may get to election staff who have been processing mail-in ballots in Philadelphia. Trump’s representatives sued to permit the observers to get nearer than the rules had allowed. A court docket dominated in favor of that request.
The counting in Philadelphia was being live-streamed and Trump’s legal professionals admitted in court docket that their marketing campaign had observers within the room, “a nonzero” quantity of them, as they put it.
Republicans have misplaced a flurry of authorized challenges introduced by the Trump marketing campaign and its GOP allies filed in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania.
Poll watchers haven’t any position in counting votes.
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