Trump repeats claims of US election fraud on Twitter

2020-11-25 12:42:29
Trump repeats claims of US election fraud on Twitter

Outgoing US President Donald Trump continues to repeat claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 US presidential election, even as his fellow Republicans in Congress urge him to concede his election loss.

On Monday night, Trump took to Twitter to repeat more of the unfounded claims of mass voter fraud that have animated his weeks-long resistance to acknowledging defeat to President-elect Joe Biden.

After playing golf at his private golf course in Virginia, Trump tweeted more messages, which included another claim that he “won” the election, were quickly flagged by Twitter with disclaimers.

Since election day, Trump has golfed at least six times while appearing in public just four times, according to The Washington Post.

The allegations by Trump’s election campaign that massive voter fraud tilted the election to President-elect Joe Biden have repeatedly been dismissed by US courts, including in a stinging rebuke on Saturday from a federal judge in Pennsylvania who rejected the campaign’s efforts to invalidate millions of votes there.

The president’s legal efforts suffered another blow on Sunday when two of his attorneys, Rudolph Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, suddenly distanced the campaign from a third high-profile lawyer, Sidney Powell, who had made claims of a far-reaching communist conspiracy tied to late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.

That move came as more Republicans announced their opposition to Trump’s continued efforts to overturn the results of the election.

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a close Trump confidante, on Sunday called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment” and counseled Trump to accept his loss.

“Elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen,” Christie told ABC News.

Republican senators including Patrick Toomey, Kevin Cramer and Lisa Murkowski also all urged Trump to begin the transition to Biden’s presidency.

“President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit,” Murkowski tweeted on Sunday.

The president hasn’t stayed silent on Twitter, though, where he has spent weeks making claims of fraud. That trend continued Sunday night.

In one tweet Sunday, the president claimed that “in certain swing states, there were more votes than people who voted, and in big numbers,” while also alleging “fake ballots” and “egregious conduct.”

Twitter flagged Trump’s tweet as being “disputed.”

In a second tweet late on Sunday, Trump shared a Breitbart News piece about his record in courting Hispanic voters, writing “Great, but we also won the election!” also flagged that tweet, noting that “multiple sources called this election differently.”

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