President Trump claimed in an all-caps tweet late Sunday night that he won the election. The tweet was quickly flagged by Twitter, which said, “Official sources called this election differently.”
The tweet culminated on a day that Mr. Trump was working to take it backthe White House.
Mr Trump’s earlier comments had given some critics and supporters hope that the White House was ready to work with Mr Biden’s team on a transition. Not so fast, Mr. Trump would soon make clear.
Mr. Trump, without referring to Mr. Biden’s name, said “He won” as part of a tweet making unsubstantiated allegations of a “rigged” election. However, when the president saw his comments being interpreted as his first public recognition of a Biden victory, Mr Trump quickly reversed course.
“He only won in the eyes of FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” tweeted Trump afterwards. “I’m NOT ADMITTING ANYTHING! We still have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED CHOICE!”
There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 elections. Indeed, election officials from both political parties publicly stated that the elections went well and international observers confirmed that there were no serious irregularities. Mr Trump’s campaign tried to tackle legal challenges across the country, but many of the lawsuits have been dismissed and none has included evidence that the outcome could be reversed.
Mr Biden defeated Mr Trump by retaking three battlefield states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and passed the 270-vote threshold to win the presidency. According to an Associated Press tally, Mr Biden has 78.8 million votes so far, most from a victorious candidate, to Mr Trump’s 73.1 million.
“If the president is ready to see this reality, that’s positive,” Mr. Biden’s new chief of staff Ron Klain told NBC News “Meet the Press.” Still, Klain said, “Donald Trump’s Twitter feed doesn’t make Joe Biden President or President. The American people did that.”
A Republican governor, Arkansas’ Asa Hutchinson, said “it was actually good” to see Mr. Trump’s tweet that Mr. Biden won. “I think this is the beginning of an affirmation … we want to make sure there is a smooth transition,” Hutchinson said on NBC.
Nearly two weeks after election day, Mr Trump has not called Mr Biden or given a formal concession, and White House officials have insisted that they prepare for a second term from Trump.
Former President Obama, insaid he would remind Mr Trump that as President he is a civil servant and a temporary resident of the office.
“And when your time is up, it’s your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, interests, and disappointments,” Obama said. “My advice to President Trump is if at this late stage in the game you want to be remembered as someone who puts the country first, it is time for you to do the same.”
Mr Obama also criticized Republicans who followed Mr Trump’s false claims about widespread electoral fraud.
“I am more concerned that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this and humiliating him in that way. This is another step towards delegitimizing not just Mr Biden’s new administration but democracy in general . And that’s a dangerous way, “he said.
In the past few days, Mr Trump seemed ever closer to recognizing the reality of his loss. In comments on Friday in the Rose Garden on a coronavirus vaccine, Mr Trump said his administration will “not block” to slow the spread of COVID-19, adding, “whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be? I think time will tell. “
Mr Trump renewed his on Sundaywith no evidence of serious irregularities. Dominion has said it is “rejecting claims regarding a change of vote or alleged software problems with our voting systems.”
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, a federal agency that oversees US election security, said in a statement last week that the November 3rd elections were the safest in American history. The agency said: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or compromised in any way.”
John Bolton, a former Trump national security adviser, said it was important for Republican Party leaders to explain to voters that Mr Trump had lost and that his allegations of electoral fraud were unfounded. Bolton left the administration last year. He says he has resigned; Mr. Trump says he fired Bolton.
“I think every day it becomes clearer and clearer that there is no evidence. But when Republican voters only hear Donald Trump’s misrepresentation, it’s not surprising that they believe it,” Bolton told ABC News this week . “” It’s important for other Republican leaders to stand up and explain what actually happened. Donald Trump has lost a free and fair election with all the evidence we have so far. “
None of this had anything to do with Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney who helps lead Mr Trump’s national legal challenge regarding the election. In a television appearance that Mr. Trump made after his morning tweets on Twitter, Giuliani denied that Mr. Trump had not conceded and said, “No, no, no, far from it.”
“I think,” Giuliani told Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures, “you would call it sarcastic.”