The incumbent US President Donald Trump has renewed his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud in a 46-minute video from the White House. Trump made it clear on Wednesday evening (local time) in a whole series of allegations against his political opponents that he does not want to accept his defeat against the Democrat Joe Biden – and that he continues to see himself as the winner of the election.
“The Democrats had rigged this election from the start,” said Trump. US Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that there was no evidence of fraud to the extent that it would change the outcome of the election.
Trump advertised his video at the beginning with these words: “This is perhaps the most important speech I have ever given.” However, his unsubstantiated allegations were already known. He accused the Democrats of having laid the foundation for “systematic and widespread” electoral fraud by expanding postal voting.
Trump himself has not presented any evidence of large-scale electoral fraud. The responsible US authorities had spoken of the safest choice in US history. Trump announced that he would continue to take legal action against the election result. “What a disaster this election was,” he said. “Total disaster. But we will point it out. And hopefully the courts will see, especially the United States Supreme Court.”
The judges must do the right thing, he demanded “respectfully”. “Because our country cannot live with such a choice.” In the particularly hotly contested states – the so-called swing states – millions of illegal votes were cast, Trump claimed. “And if that is the case, the results of the individual swing states must be overturned, and immediately.” He won these states “very easily”. In fact, according to the certified results of six important swing states, each of them won Biden.
There is no evidence for Trump’s claim that there are millions of illegal votes. Neither lawsuits from Trump’s attorneys nor recounts have so far led to a change in an election result in even a single state.
Trump has now again criticized the fact that he lost his lead with continuous vote counting in some states on election night from November 3rd to 4th. Not only critics argue that majority ratios can change in the course of vote counts in a democracy. (apa)