Trump questions why Biden is already picking his cabinet when his legal team is still fighting ‘voter fraud’ as his campaign files for ANOTHER recount in Georgia and thousands pack ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies
- Thousands of Trump supporters gathered for rallies in Oregon, Georgia, Michigan, and California on Saturday
- President’s backers are angry over election loss which they claim is result of widespread voter fraud
- Trump on Saturday posted several tweets alleging massive fraud cost him the election to Democrat Joe Biden
- President reacted after federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed lawsuit seeking disqualify millions of votes
- Trump’s campaign announced that it would ask for a recount in Georgia, which certified a win for Biden
President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed his ‘investigators found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes’ that will overturn the election results in four states as his legal team requested a recount of votes in the Georgia presidential race which showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state.
In a tweet storm on Saturday evening, Trump called on Republican-controlled state legislatures to pick a slate of electors friendly to the president even though he lost the popular vote in those states.
Trump tweeted: ‘Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to “flip” at least four States, which in turn is more than enough to win the Election?
Armed militia members attend a ‘stop the steal’ rally in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday
Trump supporters in Salem, Oregon, gathered near the Capitol to protest the election as well as COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the state’s Democratic governor, Kate Brown
A Trump supporter holds a sign praising the president and First Lady Melania Trump during a demonstration in San Diego on Saturday
Large crowds of Trump supporters gathered for a demonstration in Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday
‘Hopefully the Courts and/or Legislatures will have the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections, and the United States of America itself.
‘THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!’
Trump has been busy tweeting on Saturday, hitting out at the news media for its coverage of the election and his administration.
The president also hit out at Republicans who have called on him to concede the race to Biden, including House Rep. Liz Cheney and Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Cheney, the third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, demanded that Trump produce evidence of voter fraud.
If he did not back up his claims, Cheney said, he ought to respect the ‘sanctity of our electoral process.’
The president (seen above at his golf course in Virginia on Saturday) suffered a major setback when a federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed a lawsuit brought by his campaign seeking to nullify millions of votes in the Keystone State
Meanwhile, Trump reacted to the court loss by urging state legislators to appoint a Trump-friendly slate of electors that would defy the popular vote and hand the president another term in office
‘Hopefully the Courts and/or Legislatures will have the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections, and the United States of America itself,’ the president tweeted on Saturday
The announcement that his court case in Pennsylvania was dismissed came as Trump tweeted: ‘The media is as corrupt as the election itself’
Trump continued to make unfounded allegations of ‘dead people voting’ and ‘poll watchers not allowed to “watch”‘
Trump also hit back at House Rep. Liz Cheney, who urged the president to accep the results of the election. ‘Sorry Liz, can’t accept the results of an election with hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes cast, enough to easily flip the Election,’ the president tweeted
The president on Saturday also defended a lawsuit brought by a fiercely pro-Trump lawmaker, House Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania
‘America is governed by the rule of law,’ Cheney wrote.
‘The President and his lawyers have made claims of criminality and widespread fraud, which they allege could impact election results.
‘If they have genuine evidence of this, they are obligated to present it immediately in court and to the American people.’
The Wyoming congresswoman continued: ‘I understand that the President has filed more than thirty separate lawsuits.
‘If he is unsatisfied with the results in those lawsuits, then the appropriate avenue is to appeal.
An armed Trump supporter is seen above at a ‘stop the steal’ rally in Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday
Trump supporters waved pro-Trump banners and American flags during the demonstration in Michigan’s capital on Saturday
Trump supporters are seen above protesting the election results in Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday
Several Trump supporters look on during a demonstration to protest the election results in Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday
A man holding an American flag shouts as he takes part in a demonstration in support of the president in Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday
Supporters of the president in Lansing, Michigan, hold flags and wear pro-Trump paraphernalia on Saturday
A woman wearing a sweater that reads ‘Lesbians for Trump’ takes part in a demonstration in Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday
‘If the President cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process.’
Trump responded to Cheney by accusing her of opposing the president due to his plans to draw down American troop commitments in Afghanistan and Iraq.
‘Sorry Liz, can’t accept the results of an election with hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes cast, enough to easily flip the Election,’ the president tweeted.
‘You’re just unhappy that I’m bringing the troops back home where they belong!’
Trump also hit out at Toomey, who earlier on Saturday recognized Biden as ‘president-elect’ and called on Trump to end his legal battle to overturn the election.
A protester holds a peace sign in front of Georgia state patrol officers and meditates near the State Capitol building in Atlanta on Saturday
Georgia police in helmets and riot gear stand between pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators in Atlanta on Saturday
A police officer approaches protestors who were shaking a fence as supporters of Trump host a ‘stop the steal’ protest
Pro-Trump rallygoers wear masks and hold signs during a demonstration near the State Capitol in Atlanta on Saturday
This is the fourth day in a row that hundreds of the president’s supporters gathered in front of the State Capitol building
Georgia certified that Joe Biden won the state’s 16 electoral votes – the first time a Democrat has won in the Peach State since Bill Clinton in 1992
A Trump supporter holds a flag and a pro-Trump sign in front of the State Capitol building in Atlanta on Saturday
Toomey released a statement after a federal judge in Pennsylvania threw out a lawsuit brought by the Trump campaign against the Keystone State’s top election official.
US District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, dismissed a lawsuit critical to Trump’s long-shot bid to overturn his November 3 election loss, calling his legal claim a ‘Frankenstein’s Monster.’
The Trump campaign had sought to prevent state officials from certifying the results of the election in the state.
Brann described the case as ‘strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.’
Brann said that he ‘has no authority to take away the right to vote of even a single person, let alone millions of citizens.’
The lawsuit before Brann was filed on November 9 and had alleged inconsistent treatment by county election officials of mail-in ballots.
Some counties notified voters that they could fix minor defects such as missing ‘secrecy envelopes’ while others did not.
‘This claim, like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together,’ wrote Brann.
Brann, nominated by former President Barack Obama, is a Republican and, according to his biography, a member of the Federalist Society, a group of conservative and libertarian lawyers, law students and scholars.
Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a statement he was disappointed with the ruling and will appeal.
‘Today’s decision turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court,’ he said.
The campaign will ask the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to review the ruling on an accelerated timetable, according to Giuliani.
A majority of that circuit’s judges were nominated by Republican presidents. Four were nominated by Trump.
A convoy of Trump supporters drove around Oregon and stopped in the state capital of Salem on Saturday
Salem police officers patrol as protesters gathered in front Governor Kate Brown’s residence, Mahonia Hall, on Saturday
Trump supporters slammed Brown for imposing COVID-19 restrictions. They also protested the recent election
From left to right: Thelia Frazier, 4; Briana Portier; and Kingiam Frazier, 2, listen to a speaker at the ‘stop the pause and defeat the steal’ rally in Salem on Saturday
A demonstrator holds a sign calling for the impeachment of Oregon’s Democratic governor on Saturday
Police officers on bicycle patrol outside Brown’s residence in Salem during the demonstration staged by Trump supporters
For Trump to have any hope of overturning the election, he needs to reverse the outcome in Pennsylvania, which is scheduled to be certified by state officials on Monday.
The ruling in Pennsylvania prompted Toomey to call on the president to concede the election and facilitate Biden’s transition.
‘With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,’ the senator said in a statement.
‘I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory,’ Toomey said.
‘They are both dedicated public servants and I will be praying for them and for our country.
‘Unsurprisingly, I have significant policy disagreements with the President-elect.
‘However, as I have done throughout my career, I will seek to work across the aisle with him and his administration, especially on those areas where we may agree, such as continuing our efforts to combat COVID-19, breaking down barriers to expanding trade, supporting the men and women of our armed forces, and keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.’
But Trump was in no mood to heed Toomey’s advice, tweeting: ‘It’s all a continuation of the never ending Witch Hunt.
‘Judge Brann, who would not even allow us to present our case or evidence, is an appointment of Senator Pat “No Tariffs” Toomey of Pennsylvania, no friend of mine, & Obama – No wonder.
‘900,000 Fraudulent Votes!’
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is launching yet another last-ditch effort to contest the Georgia vote count.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday certified the state’s election results, which had Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or 0.25 per cent.
Republican Governor Brian Kemp then certified the state’s slate of 16 presidential electors.
The statement from Trump’s legal team said: ‘Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia.
Trump supporters speak to a Salem, Oregon, police officer during the demonstration in the state capital on Saturday
Two armed supporters of President Donald Trump lean on their truck at a ‘stop the pause and defeat the steal’ rally in front of the state’s capitol in Salem, Oregon, on Saturday
A protester reacts while speaking to a Salem police officer in front of Brown’s residence in Salem, Oregon, on Saturday
Trump supporters chant slogans, hold signs, and protest in front of Brown’s residence in Salem, Oregon, on Saturday
‘We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the US Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted.
‘President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards.’
‘Without signature matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow for illegal votes to be counted,’ the statement added.
‘If there is no signature matching, this would be as phony as the initial vote count and recount.
‘Let’s stop giving the People false results. There must be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully it is coming soon.’
Georgia law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5 per cent.
The recount would be done using scanners that read and tabulate the votes. County election workers have already done a complete hand recount of all the votes cast in the presidential race.
But that stemmed from a mandatory audit requirement and isn’t considered an official recount under the law.
Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, dealing Trump´s campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election
US Middle District Judge Matthew Brann (left) ridiculed legal claims put forward by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani (right). Brann was appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama in 2012
The motion to dismiss the case was granted with prejudice, which means the Trump campaign cannot refile
The ruling in Pennsylvania prompted one of the state’s US senators, Republican Pat Toomey, to call on the president to concede the election and facilitate Biden’s transition
Toomey on Saturday released a statement recognizing Biden as ‘president-elect’ and calling on Trump to concede after he ‘exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania’
Trump hit out at Toomey on Twitter, saying he is ‘no friend of mine’ after the Republican senator praised Judge Brann
State law requires that one race be audited by hand to ensure that the machines counted the ballots accurately, and Raffensperger selected the presidential race.
Because of the tight margin in that race, a full hand count of ballots was necessary to complete the audit, he said.
Trump has criticized the audit, calling it a ‘joke’ in a tweet that claimed without evidence that ‘thousands of fraudulent votes have been found.’
Twitter has flagged the post as containing disputed information.
Votes that hadn’t previously been counted were found in several counties during the audit, which required recertification of the election results in those counties before state certification of the results.
Meanwhile, supporters of the president continued to protest across the country as thousands took part in more ‘stop the steal’ rallies from Atlanta to Oregon.
For the fourth day in a row, hundreds gathered in front of the State Capitol building in Atlanta for a ‘stop the steal’ rally.
‘This is moving to the Supreme Court’: Trump campaign blasts ‘Obama-appointed judge’ who wrote Pennsylvania court ruling
The Trump campaign’s top two attorneys – Rudy Giuliani (left) and Jenna Ellis (right) – released a statement on Saturday blasting the Pennsylvania federal judge and vowing to take their fight to the Supreme Court
The two lawyers leading the Trump campaign’s legal efforts to contest the election results, Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, released a statement in response to the ruling saying that they intend to appeal to the nation’s highest court.
‘Today’s decision turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court,’ the statement read.
‘Although we fully disagree with this opinion, we’re thankful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this anticipated decision quickly, rather than simply trying to run out the clock.’
The statement continued: ‘We will be seeking an expedited appeal to the Third Circuit.
‘There is so much evidence that in Pennsylvania, Democrats eliminated our opportunity to present 50 witnesses and other evidence that election officials blatantly ignored Pennsylvania’s law denying independent review.
‘This resulted in 682,777 ballots being cast illegally, wittingly or unwittingly.
‘This is just an extension of the Big Tech, Big Media, Corrupt Democrat censorship of damning facts the American public needs to know.
‘We are disappointed we did not at least get the opportunity to present our evidence at a hearing. Unfortunately the censorship continues.
‘We hope that the Third Circuit will be as gracious as Judge Brann in deciding our appeal one way or the other as expeditiously as possible.
‘This is another case that appears to be moving quickly to the United States Supreme Court.’
The crowd that gathered on Saturday was the largest of all the previous demonstrations, which have been peaceful.
More than 100 people took part in a convoy that traveled around Oregon and ended up in the Capitol in Salem on Saturday.
The protesters demanded that Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, lift COVID-19 restrictions.
The demonstrators gathered on plaza across from the Capitol, some of them holding pro-Trump signs including ‘Stop the Steal.’
In response to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Brown ordered a two-week, statewide ‘freeze’ that limited restaurant service to take-out only and shut down gyms, museums, and other facilities.
Stores were ordered to place limits on capacity and people were also told to minimize social gatherings in private homes.
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