In a surprise press conference on Thanksgiving Day, President Trump answered questions from the press for the first time since being re-elected – but he doubled down on his “rigged” election demands and appeared to deny the reality that his presidency ended. it will be “very hard” for him to concede to Joe Biden.
“I think it’s not fair that he’s trying to pick a Cabinet,” Trump complained after opposing the so-called “massive fraud” that he said gave Biden the victory.
Reiterating his allegations of electoral fraud in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia despite state officials having already certified election results in those states, Trump appeared to turn combative when asked if he would concede if the constituency votes for Biden on December. 14: “It will be a very difficult thing to concede. Because we know there has been massive fraud. “
“Time is not on our side … it was massive fraud, it should never happen in this country, we are like a third world country,” he said, suggesting that faulty counting machines gave Biden millions of extra dollars. votes.
When asked a second time if he would concede if the Electoral College votes for Biden, Trump replied, “Well, if they do, they made a mistake,” before saying that is a “Possibility” and scolding a reporter who pressed him on the issue: “Don don’t talk to me that way, you’re just a light weight.”
Asked by another reporter if he “would leave this building” if the Electoral College elect Biden, he replied, “Sure, I will.”
While Trump and his legal team have repeatedly sought to reject votes in states Joe Biden has won, none of their challenges have been successful.
Key states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia – all worn by Trump in 2016, before going blue this year – certified their results this week, guaranteeing they will send a list of Democratic voters to the Electoral College . Wisconsin and Arizona, two other states that have turned to Biden, are expected to certify results next week.
“Massive fraud has been discovered. We are like a third world country, ”Trump said, before returning to allegations of electoral fraud that have been repeatedly dismissed in courts and by state election officials from both parties.
“I did so well … they didn’t know what to do,” he said at one point of the election results in Georgia, claiming that the ballots for him had been “thrown out”.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden didn’t get 80 million votes. And I got 74 million, but there was a lot of ballots thrown away, so I got a lot more than that. But I got 74 million, 74 million, that’s 11 million more than the last time. … And that’s millions more than Hillary Clinton got.
Beneath all this bravado, Trump slipped at one point and lambasted the “Biden administration,” apparently inadvertently acknowledging Biden’s victory.
While Trump refused to concede and argued that somehow he would win states he had already lost, his administration caved behind the scenes.
Earlier this week, Emily Murphy, chief of general service administrations – a person appointed by Trump – signed a letter officially authorizing the start of the presidential transition. Murphy had previously refused to do so, a partisan move by a historically non-partisan agency.
Even Trump appeared to have a moment of clarity Thursday regarding a possible cure for COVID-19 and its future (or lack thereof) in the White House.
“Don’t let Joe Biden take credit for the vaccine,” he said.
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