Trump says Biden won US election but again refuses to concede
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to acknowledge for the first time that his Democratic rival Joe Biden won the US election, but made clear he would not admit defeat and would keep trying to overturn the election result that experts say is unlikely to succeed.
Trump made conflicting comments on Twitter. He initially appeared to admit for the first time publicly that Biden won, then reversed course. Trump also repeated claims of widespread voter fraud.
“He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump wrote, not referring to Biden by name, adding a list of complaints about vote counting. About 90 minutes later, Trump wrote: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING!”
Trump also said on Twitter he would soon file “big [court] cases showing the unconstitutionality of the 2020 Election.” Trump’s election campaign has filed lawsuits seeking to overturn the results in multiple states, without success.
Since the November 3 election, Trump has made repeated accusations of widespread voting fraud in the U.S. and refused to accept the results of the election.
Legal experts have said the Trump litigation stands little chance of altering the election’s outcome, and election officials of both parties have said there is no evidence of major irregularities.
To win a second term, Trump would need to overturn Biden’s lead in at least three states, but he has so far failed to produce evidence that he could do so in any of them.
States choose electors for the Electoral College, which will officially select the new president on December 14. US presidential inaugurations take place on January 20.
Despite this, White House officials have insisted that they are preparing for a second term.The Trump administration has still not recognized Biden as president-elect, preventing his team from gaining access to the government office space and funding normally provided to an incoming administration.
On Saturday, at least 10,000 people, most of which were groups of Trump supporters and counter-protester, clashed on the streets of Washington, DC, scuffling and throwing punches.