President Donald Trump appeared to openly admit for the first time on Sunday that Democrat Joe Biden had won the United States presidential election on November 3 but claimed to have been “deceived”, repeating his false claims of widespread fraud.
Biden defeated Trump by winning a battlefield series that the former Republican incumbent won in 2016. The former vice-president of the Democratic Alliance also received the most popular national vote with more than 5.5 million votes, or 3.6 percent.
Trump appears to have acknowledged Biden’s victory on Twitter in which he wrote baseless allegations of fraud.
“You have won because the election was tough,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning, not referring to Biden by name. “NO VOTERS OR VISITORS are not allowed, voting done by the privately owned company Radical Left, Dominion, with a bad reputation and bum machines that can’t even qualify for Texas (which I can win!), Fake & Silent Media, & More!”
Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits seeking to change the results in many states, though unsuccessful, and legal experts say the lawsuit represents little chance of altering the election results.
Electoral officials of both parties say there is no evidence of serious irregularities. Democrats and other critics have accused Trump of trying to convey Biden’s victory and undermine public confidence in the US election process. Prior to the election, Trump had refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.
Trump’s refusal to acknowledge did not change the fact that Biden was the president-elect, but it stopped the normal government process to prepare for the new president’s administration.
The Trump administration’s decision not to accept Biden as a winner has prevented Biden and his team from gaining access to government office space and the money that is often given to incoming managers to ensure a smooth transition.
The federal agency responsible for providing those resources, the General Services Administration, has yet to see Biden’s victory.
Biden spent many days gathering with advisers as he weighed the Cabinet appointments, made congratulatory calls from world leaders and set goals to follow after being sworn in on January 20.
Biden won 306 votes in the country’s state-run Electoral College system that decides who will win the presidency, according to Edison Research, with more than 270 needed to win the majority.
Trump received the same number of votes in the 2016 election because of Democratic Alliance candidate Hillary Clinton, a victory he called “landslide” despite receiving nearly three million nationally popular votes.
SENDS SUPPORTERS AS POSSIBLE
On Saturday, tens of thousands of Trump supporters marched on Washington to protest his election fraud allegations. The “Million MAGA March,” referring to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign, drew a crowd of airline supporters who were waving the flag in downtown Washington.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are showing support in D.C. They will not stand for Corrupt Problems!” the president wrote on Twitter, even though most of the crowd ratings were much lower than Trump’s figure.
Trump’s van passed the crowd on his way to his golf course in Virginia, producing excitement for the showers as the president wandered into the back seat.
The march was very peaceful, although there were many clashes between Trump supporters and opponents who continued after dark. The Washington Post reported that the incident took place during a dispute that arose after 8 p.m.
Scores of proud boys, a group on the right, marched through the streets, some wearing protective helmets and ballistic vests, while members of the left-wing movement known as Antifa staged their own protests.
The city’s police force has arrested at least 10 people, including many facing assault charges.
With his chances of reversing the results cut off, Trump has negotiated with potential advisers to do media work that will keep him shining ahead of the 2024 White House request, aides said.
Countries are in the process of verifying their election results. The Electoral College meets to vote for the new president on December 14.
Biden’s appointment of White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, said this week that urgent changes were needed to ensure the government was ready to roll out a possible coronavirus vaccine early next year.
Dealing with the upcoming epidemic will be a very important issue for Biden. The United States set a new daily record of new cases on Friday in the fourth straight day.
More than 244,000 people in the country have been killed by coronavirus since the outbreak began.