Trump, in White House address, continues to level unfounded charges of election fraud

Source: Politico | November 5, 2020 | Matthew Choi

The president emerged from his post-election silence to assert, without evidence, that state election officials are rigging vote tallies.

President Donald Trump on Thursday evening listed a string of unfounded conspiracy theories to accuse state election officials of plotting to steal the election from him.

Taking the White House lectern for his first public address since election night, Trump offered no evidence for his assertions that officials are rigging the tallies or for his characterization of mail-in ballots as somehow illegitimate. The address came as his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, expands his lead to secure the presidency and as Trump’s path to a second term hinges on winning four key states. Those states have yet to finish counting their ballots amid an unprecedented number of mail-in voting because of the coronavirus pandemic.

State elections officials have assured voters that this year’s election was hardly the chaos many feared due to Covid-19. Despite the occasional technical glitch and extended polling-site hours, there were no reports of major issues or interference. Though counting is taking longer this year, there is no support for the position that mailed-in ballots were part of a mass fraud.

Trump’s Thursday address immediately met with stern condemnation from his critics — including those in his own party. Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland tweeted that “there is no defense for the President‘s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process.“ Former Sen. Jeff Flake, whose home state of Arizona flipped for Biden this year, tweeted: “No Republican should be okay with the President‘s statements just now. Unacceptable. Period.“

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    I understand some networks cut away from this speech. I’ve been saying all along the media has given hom far more attention than they should. I wouldn’t care if they covered some momentous event in his official capacity such as signing an important bill into law. But they had been covering his COVID “briefings” which he used on place of his rallies and the rallies themselves. Those were propaganda events meant to engage and more recently incite his cult, not newsworthy events of interest to the public at large.

    Trump loves constant attention and the media gave it to him in spades. And he whined and complained about them. They should have pulled the plug on him long ago.

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    Trump has been talking about voter fraud for months now, long before the election. This “press conference” was designed to lend credence to reports of “irregularities” in order to incite then base. Remember he did tell the Proud Boys to stand by. This is all leading up to a call for violence should he lose.

    This is why I said the media should ignore him. Doing so gives him one less avenue to spread his murderous propaganda.

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