Trump reluctantly admits Biden 'won' but doubles down on fraud claim

Elias Hubbard
November 20, 2020

It is now 12 days since the U.S. election on November 3 and eight days since Mr Biden passed the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.

On Sunday morning, Trump began a tweet with the words "He won." referring to Biden.

Many of Trump's tweets over the weekend alleging the election was rigged against him have been tagged by Twitter as containing "disputed" information.

Almost two weeks after Election Day, Trump has neither called Biden nor made a formal concession, and White House officials have insisted that they are preparing for a second term. He also shared a tweet inside his tweet that had previously been flagged for the same reason.

A week after the presidential race was called for Democrat Joe Biden, their fury at the prospect of a transfer of executive power showed no signs of abating, taking a cue from a president unrelenting in asserting he won an election he actually lost.

President Trump tweeted on Sunday: "He won because the Election was Rigged".

Back to our regularly scheduled political hellfest, I guess.

Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work for President Donald Trump's campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania case.

The latest tallies gave Biden a solid overall final win in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump's 232. These include an Associated Press Fact Check tweet which states that Trump has "produced no evidence of systematic problems in voting or counting".

Ron Klain, who has been named as White House chief of staff by the president-elect, told NBC News on Sunday that he wants to see federal government "ascertainment" of Biden as the next president this week to allow his team access to government funds, officials and other resources to prepare for the transition.

Without explicitly mentioning the transition, Trump praised the GSA administrator he appointed, Emily Murphy, writing on Twitter: "Great job Emily!"

The president claimed votes by mail-much of which contributed to Biden's victory-were illegal and should not have been counted. Republican leaders in key states have already said they are not willing to go down this route.

The march was largely peaceful, though numerous scuffles broke out between Trump supporters and counter-protesters that continued after dark. The Electoral College meets to vote for the new president on December 14. In a television appearance that Trump previewed on Twitter after his morning tweets, Giuliani denied Trump was conceding - "No, no, no, far from it".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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