Former US election security chief says Trump team's fraud allegations are 'farcical'

Elias Hubbard
November 28, 2020

In a surprise news conference on Thanksgiving Day, President Trump took questions from the press for the first time since losing re-election-but he doubled down on his "rigged" election claims and appeared to deny the reality that his presidency is ending, saying it will be "very hard" for him to concede to Joe Biden."I think it's not right he's trying to pick a Cabinet", Trump complained after railing against the supposed "massive fraud" that he claims gave Biden victory.Reiterating his claims of voter fraud in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia despite the fact that state authorities have already certified the election results in those states, Trump appeared to become combative when asked if he would concede if the Electoral College votes for Biden on December 14.

After the recount in Milwaukee County, Mr Biden had a net gain of 132 votes, out of almost 460,000 cast.

Trump paid to have a recount in both those counties, which have large numbers of Democrat voters. Overall, Mr Biden gained 257 votes to Mr Trump's 125.

The results showed a net gain of 132 votes for Biden, with President Donald Trump receiving 134,482 votes and Biden receiving 317,527 after the recount, the Milwaukee County Board of Canvassers announced Friday night.

After the recount ended, Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said: "The recount demonstrates what we already know: that elections in Milwaukee County are fair, transparent, accurate and secure".

Trump's campaign appears to be preparing a court challenge to change the election's outcome, but his window to sue is narrow. The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday. Certification is done by the Democratic chair of the Wisconsin Election Commission, which is bipartisan. It echoes numerous claims Trump is expected to make.

Evers, a Democrat, said the group's lawsuit is a "mishmash of legal distortions" that uses factual misrepresentations in an attempt to take voting rights away from millions of Wisconsin residents. Wisconsin and Arizona, two more states that flipped to Biden, are set to certify their results next week."Massive fraud has been found".

Election officials have counted those ballots during the recount, but marked them as exhibits at the request of the Trump campaign.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump's legal team has suffered yet another defeat in court as a federal appeals court in Pennsylvania roundly rejected its latest effort to challenge the state's election results.

The case had been argued last week in a lower court by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who insisted during five hours of oral arguments that the 2020 presidential election had been marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania.

On Monday, the federal government recognized Biden as the "apparent winner" of the November 3 election over Trump. Even though Trump kept up his attacks on the election, he said he is assisting Biden with the transition.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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