President Trump claimed late Sunday night in an all-cap tweet that he won the election. The tweet was immediately flagged by Twitter, stating, “Official sources called this election differently.”
The tweet culminated in a day in which Mr. Trump acted to withdraw an apparent admissibility that Joe Biden won the White House.
Mr. Trump’s previous comments gave hope to some critics and supporters that the White House was ready to begin working on a transition with Mr. Biden’s team. Not so soon, Mr. Trump will soon make it clear.
Mr. Trump used Mr. Biden’s name without using it, but referring to him, saying he “won” as part of a tweet that makes unfounded claims about a “rigged” election. But as the president observed that his comments were being interpreted as his first public acceptance of a Biden victory, Mr. Trump swiftly reversed.
“He only won in the eyes of FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” Mr. Trump later tweeted. “I believe nothing! We have a long way to go. It was a contested election!”
There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties publicly stated that the election went well, and international observers confirmed that there was no serious irregularity. Mr. Trump’s campaign has tried to raise legal challenges around the country, but several lawsuits have been dropped and none have included any evidence that the result could be reversed.
Winning a trio of battlegrounds in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Mr. Biden defeated Mr. Trump and topped the 270 electoral vote threshold to win the presidency. According to the Associated Press tally, Mr. Biden has 78.8 million votes so far, the most by a winning candidate.
“If the president is ready to start recognizing that reality, then it’s positive,” Mr. Biden’s incoming Chief of Staff Ron Clann told NBC News, “Meet the Press.” Still, Clann said, “Joe Biden is not President or not President in Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. The American people did it.”
“It was really cool,” said Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, a Republican governor, to see Mr. Trump’s tweet that was won by Mr. Biden. Hutchinson said on NBC, “I think this is the beginning of an acknowledgment. We want to make sure there is a smooth transition.”
About two weeks after Election Day, Mr. Trump neither called Mr. Biden nor made a formal concession, and White House officials insisted they are preparing for a second Trump term.
Former President Obama said in an interview broadcast on “60 Minutes” on Sunday that he would remind Mr. Trump that as president, he is a public servant and a temporary occupant of office.
“And when your time runs out it’s your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests and your frustrations,” Mr. Obama said. “My advice to President Trump is, if you want this late stage in the game to be remembered as someone who puts the country first, then this is the time for you to do it.”
Mr. Obama also criticized Republicans who are going along with Mr. Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.
“I am more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better that going along with it are humiliating in that way. This is another step in not only handing over to the incoming Mr. Biden administration, Rather, there is democracy in general. And it is a dangerous path, “he said.
In recent times, Mr. Trump appeared close to acknowledging the reality of his loss. In a Friday comment in the Rose Garden about the coronovirus vaccine, Mr Trump said his administration would “not go into lockdown” to slow the spread of COVID-19, adding that “who knows what happens in the future Which administration will it be? I think time will tell.
Mr. Trump on Sunday renewed his attacks on an election technology firm, the Dominion voting system, without evidence of any serious irregularities. Dominion has stated that “it denies claims about any vote switching or alleged software issues with our voting system.”
The federal agency Cyberspace and Infrastructure Security Agency, which oversees US election security, said in a statement last week that the “November 3 election was the safest in American history.” The agency stated, “There is no evidence that any voting system removed or lost votes, changed votes, or was compromised in any way.”
Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton said it was important for Republican Party leaders to convince voters that Mr. Trump had lost and that his claims of electoral fraud are unfounded. Bolton left the administration last year. He says that he resigned; Mr. Trump says he fired Bolton.
Bolton quoted ABC News’ This Week as saying, “I think as it happens every day, it’s clear and clear that there’s no evidence. But if Republican voters are only listening to the misrepresentation of Donald Trump , So it’s not surprising. ” . “” It is important for other Republican leaders to stand up and explain what has really happened. Donald Trump lost any evidence we had so far to a free and fair election. “
None of these were Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, who is helping to lead Mr. Trump’s national legal challenge regarding the election. In a television appearance that Mr. Trump previewed on Twitter after his morning tweet, Giuliani did not deny Mr. Trump saying, “No, no, no, that is far from it.”
“I think,” Giuliani told Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures”, “” You’ll call it sarcastic. “