Kamis, 26 November 2020

Donald Trump says he will leave White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden -

Donald Trump has confirmed he will leave office if the electoral college votes for Joe Biden on December 14.

It’s the closest the President has come so far to conceding the election, after Mr Biden was named the presumptive winner earlier this month.

Mr Trump made the comments while speaking to reporters after a Thanksgiving Day event at the White House on Thursday.

Mr Biden is currently on track for a 306-232 electoral college victory, more than the 270 required for victory, and has a popular vote lead of nearly six million.

The President has continued to claim the election was “rigged”, and is seeking to overturn the results in key swing states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada.

“It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud,” Mr Trump said.

“So as to whether or not I can get this apparatus moving this quickly, because time isn’t on our side – everything else is on our side, facts are on our side – this was a massive fraud, this should never take place in this country, we’re like a third-world country. It was a rigged election.”

Asked again whether he would concede if the electoral college voted for Mr Biden, Mr Trump said, “If they do, they made a mistake because this election was a fraud. So no, I can’t say that.”

A reporter pressed, “So if they do you won’t leave the White House?”

“Certainly I will,” Mr Trump replied.

“Certainly I will. And you know that. But I think that there will be a lot of things happening between now and January 20. Massive fraud has been found. We’re like a third-world country. We’re using computer equipment that can be hacked. They talk about glitches. How many glitches did they find? Oh, gee, we had a glitch, 5000 votes.”

Mr Trump also announced he would hold a rally in Georgia this weekend for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who face critical run-off elections on January 5 that could see Democrats take back the majority.

Earlier this week, the President formally began the transition process to Mr Biden after a weeks-long standoff, despite insisting he was not conceding and that “we will prevail”.

His legal team, led by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, continue to claim Mr Trump has a path to victory, either through the Supreme Court or by convincing Republican-controlled state legislatures to override the popular vote and appoint their own pro-Trump electors.

With the legal avenue looking shaky, the Trump team has begun pushing the latter option through a series of hearings in front of state lawmakers, starting with Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Mr Trump phoned into that hearing to make his case, claiming Pennsylvania “was an election that we won easily”.

A series of witnesses also gave evidence, including a Republican poll watcher who was ejected from a counting centre, and a computer forensic scientist who described seeing unidentified people walking around with “baggies of USBs” uploading them to voting machines.

The Arizona legislature will hold a meeting on Monday, November 30, followed by Michigan on Tuesday, December 1.

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2020-11-26 23:45:47Z

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