President Donald Trump released a bizarre 46-minute video that he posted on Facebook where he called for the election to be ‘overturned’ and admitted his remarks would be ‘disparaged.’
Rather than pick any number of venues where he might deliver important remarks before an audience or with reporters present who might ask questions, Trump spoke before cameras from the White House, with repeated and awkward cuts by editors.
‘Even what I’m saying now will be demeaned and disparaged,’ he predicted as he laid out claim after claim, including several that have been put forward by his legal team and been debunked.
Trump said it ‘may be the most important speech I’ve ever made’ – then got to work trying to make the case that the election was fraudulent, that the results should be overturned in multiple states where President-elect Joe Biden got more votes than he did, and urged the Supreme Court to intervene.
President Donald Trump called for the vote in swing states he lost to be ‘overturned’ and claimed the election was a ‘total catastrophe,’ despite his attorney general and a raft of judges not accepting claims of widespread fraud
At one point, he held up a chart purporting to show a scheme to steal an election, but a spike in votes he pointed to has been identified as Milwaukee County votes being counted once they came in. President-elect Joe Biden performed well there, as have past Democratic candidates going back years.
He made repeated claims of fraud, dead people voting, mysterious anomalies in voting machines, and alleged corruption in big cities with Democratic votes that went for Joe Biden – despite his attorney general and a raft of judges not accepting claims of widespread fraud
‘This election was rigged. Everyone knows it. I don’t mind if I lose an election, but I want to lose an election fair and square. What I don’t want to do is have it stolen from the American people,’ Trump complained.
There were five editing jumps in the first three minutes of the video alone, giving in an awkward pace despite being shot at the center of U.S. Government power.
Biden’s vote approached 81 million votes Wednesday, and his leads is well beyond 6 million, while he is electoral college win is shaping up to be 306 to 232.
Trump said it ‘may be the most important speech I’ve ever made’
The president brought visual aids
Trump said it was ‘statistically impossible’ that he didn’t prevail. He said the ‘greatest pollsters’ couldn’t understand what happened
But Trump said it was ‘statistically impossible’ that he didn’t prevail.
He pointed to ‘unexpected success all over the country and right here in Washington,’ saying: ‘It is statistically impossible that the person – me – that led the charge lost. The greatest pollsters, the real pollsters – not the ones that had us down 17 points in Wisconsin when we actually won, while the ones that had us down four or five points in Florida and we won by many points or had us even down in Texas, and we won by a lot – not those pollsters but real pollsters that are fair and honest, said “We can’t understand a thing like this: it’s never happened before you led the country to victory and you were the only one that was lost. It’s not possible,’ he said.
Trump’s loss came despite Republicans holding the Senate and turning back numerous Democrats who were leading in pre-election polls, and picking up multiple seats in an election that many predicted would be a ‘blue wave.’
Trump, though, called the election a ‘total catastrophe’ and said the results couldn’t be trusted.
He complained about ‘machinery that was stopped during certain parts of the evening miraculously to open with more votes.’
‘Many people in the media and even judges so far have refused to accept it. They know it’s true. They know it’s there. They know who won the election. But they refuse to say: you’re right. Our country needs somebody to say you’re right,’ he said.
He made claims of dead people voting, although several examples brought forth by his lawyers have gone bust.
‘Millions of votes were cast illegally in the swing states alone,’ he claimed.
‘If that’s the case, the results of the individual swing states must be overturned and overturned immediately,’ Trump said.
‘Some people say that’s too far out. That’s too harsh. Well does that mean we take a president and we’ve just elected a president, where the votes were fraudulent? No. It means you have to turn over the election.’
‘What a disaster election this was. A total catastrophe,’ he said.
He said ‘hopefully’ the Supreme Court of the U.S. will ‘see it’ and ‘do what’s right for our country.’
At one point, he appeared to connect his push to overturn election results to his personal legal situation.
‘Now, I hear that these same people that failed to get me in Washington have sent every piece of information to New York so that they can try to get me there,’ Trump said, in reference to prosecutors who have been investigating his company over possible allegations of insurance or tax fraud.
Trump spoke a day after Attorney General Bill Barr said there was not enough evidence of fraud to overturn the results.
‘Maybe you’ll have a revote, but I don’t think that’s appropriate. When those votes are corrupt, when they’re irregular, when they get caught, they’re terminated, and I very easily win,’ Trump said.
Earlier Wednesday, former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn blasted out an article that called on Trump to declare martial law and have the military oversee a revote.
Trump released the video about an hour after Biden began an event in Wilmington where he held a roundtable with workers and small business owners struggling through the economic crisis.