U.S. President Donald Trump said he would have come closer to accepting the November 3 election if he had voted for Joe Biden, who was elected president of the Electoral College on Thursday, despite repeating his untrue claims of massive voter fraud.
Speaking to reporters on the eve of the US Thanksgiving holiday, Trump, a Republican, said Democrat Biden, who will be sworn in on January 20, will leave the White House if the Electoral College confirms the election winner.
But he said it was difficult to accept in the current circumstances and Biden declined to say whether he would attend the inauguration.
Trump insisted in an occasional speech at the White House that “this election was a fraud,” while at the same time giving no evidence of widespread voting fraud.
Biden won by Trump’s 232 to 306 electoral college votes – more than the required 270, and voters will meet on December 14 to formalize the result. Biden leads Trump to more than six million on the popular vote list.
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Attempts to manipulate the results failed
Trump refused to fully acknowledge his defeat, although last week – with growing pressure from his own Republican ranks – he agreed to formally continue Biden’s transition process.
Asked if he would leave the White House if he voted for Electoral College Biden, Trump said: “Of course I will. Of course I will. You know that.
“But I think a lot of things will happen between now and January 20. A lot of things,” he said. “Massive fraud detected. We look like a third world country.”
Desperate attempts by Trump and his aides to manipulate results in key states through lawsuits or by pressuring state legislators have failed and he has no choice.
In the United States, a candidate becomes president by winning more electoral votes than by winning a greater percentage of the nationally popular vote. Voters largely assigned to 50 states and the District of Columbia are party loyalists who pledge to support the candidate who wins the most popular vote in their state.
Many election legal experts He pointed out that Trump does not need to agree.
Trump says he will go to Georgia
At a news conference, Trump denounced officials in the war-torn states he lost, including Pennsylvania and Georgia, as “communists” and “enemies of the state.”
State officials and international observers have repeatedly said there is no evidence of mass fraud and that the Trump campaign has repeatedly failed in court.
Trump announced on his way to Georgia that he would have tens of supporters on Dec. 5 before two runoffs to decide whether Republicans or Democrats will control the Senate.
Emily Murphy, a senior official at the General Services Administration, announced Biden on Monday as a “clear winner”, a policy and critical step that allowed the transition to begin with interest. “Recent developments with legal challenges and certification of election results,” she cited.
More lawsuits have been filed
A day after Trump told his administration to start working with the Biden team, the Allies filed two more lawsuits seeking to stop the certification in two other battlefield states.
In Minnesota, a judge did not rule on the lawsuit and Biden confirmed the results to the state. Another was filed in Wisconsin, which will not be confirmed until Tuesday. Arizona Republicans complain about ballot inspection; State certification is coming up Monday.
The campaign legal team said state legislators in Arizona and Michigan would hold meetings on the election “to give confidence that all legal votes were counted and that no illegal votes were counted in the Nov. 3 election.”
In Pennsylvania, state Republican legislators met Wednesday in Gettysburg to complain about the election, attended in person by Trump attorney Rudy Giulia and dialed from the Trump Oval office.
“We have all the evidence,” Trump stressed. “All we need is some judge to listen properly without political opinion.”
An even stronger legal reprimand came from a Conservative Republican judge in federal court in Pennsylvania, who on Saturday dismissed a Trump team lawsuit seeking to throw out the election results. The judge warned that there was no evidence to support the Trump campaign. The campaign appealed.