President Donald Trump on Thursday said it’s ‘very hard thing to concede’ the election but admitted he would leave the White House for Joe Biden when the time came.
He wouldn’t say if he would attend his rival’s inauguration.
‘It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud,’ Trump said at the White House.
But he said he would leave if it came down to that.
‘Certainly I will. And you know that,’ Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if he’ll leave on Inauguration Day in order to ensure a peaceful transition of power.
On Thanksgiving Day, the president took his first questions from the media since the election was held.
He was combative in his tone and, at one point when questioned on why he would concede, he got visibly angry with a reporter, pointing his finger and saying: ‘I’m the president of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way.’
In his 25 minute back-and-forth with the media, Trump didn’t fully concede his loss and insisted his legal arguments would go ahead. He argued he has time until the inauguration – which is 55 days away – but admitted it’s ticking fast.
He reiterated unproven conspiracy theories about voting machines changing votes for him to vote for Biden, complained the election was ‘rigged’ and alleged Biden only got his record 80 million votes through ‘massive fraud.’
Trump is trying to over throw the election results by going to court in battleground states but his legal cases have been going no where. States are in the process of certifying their results and the electoral college meets in about two weeks to name the winner.
‘Time isn’t on our side,’ the president conceded.
And when asked if he’d go to Biden’s inauguration on January 20th, Trump replied: ‘I don’t want to say that yet. I mean I know the answer, I’ll be honest, I know the answer, but I just don’t want to say it yet.’
He also warned it would be a ‘mistake’ for the Election College to elect Biden when they meet on December 14.
‘If they do they made a mistake,’ the president said.
President Donald Trump on Thursday said it’s ‘very hard thing to concede’ the election but admitted he would leave the White House for Joe Biden when the time came
Trump wouldn’t say if he would attend rival Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th
He warned that ‘a lot of things happening between now and January 20th’ and the election results have a ‘long way’ to go.
His last hope could be January 6, 2020, which is when Congress meets to formally certify the results of the electoral college. But the transition process has already begun. The General Services Administration, led by a Trump appointee, announced this week that federal agencies and the Biden Transition Team could start communicating. The president elect is starting to name his cabinet.
In his remarks Thursday, Trump repeated a conspiracy theory pushed by members of his legal team that votes from Dominion Voting Systems machines lost votes for him or switched votes from him to Biden.
Dominion said there was no problem with their machines nor is there any evidence of what Trump alleges.
‘We’re using computer equipment that can be hacked,’ the president complained about the election.
‘We’re like a third world country. We have machines that nobody knows what the hell they’re looking at. I mean you take a look at all the mistakes they made,’ he said.
‘This election was a fraud, just so you understand this election was a fraud,’ he said.
He said there was proof of what he was talking about on the internet.
‘If you look, just take a look anywhere on the internet. You will see many, many people where they’re experimenting with this stupid machinery. Wherever you send it a certain way the votes go from Trump to Biden,’ Trump said.
President Donald Trump on Thursday took his first questions from reporters after the election
President Trump made his remarks after he spoke to U.S. troops for the Thanksgiving holiday
President Trump started his Thanksgiving with a round of golf
And he challenged Biden’s vote tally.
‘I know one thing Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,’ he said. ‘The only way he got 80 million votes is through massive fraud.’
The current tally of the popular votes stand at: 80,045,066 (51%) for Biden and 73,897,658 (47%) for Trump. Additionally, Biden has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
The president spoke to reporters after he made a Thanksgiving teleconference call with troops serving overseas.
‘You have to really take a look at what’s going on. They’re finding tremendous discrepancies in the votes, and nobody believes those numbers those numbers are incorrect numbers,’ he said of the vote tallies.
He provided no evidence of his claim. State officials have said they’ve found no evidence of election fraud in the November contest.
‘I thought I was going to win it, and essentially I did win it. It’s very very close, it’s very very close,’ he said.
The election results are not close. Biden has 306 electoral votes and only needs 270 to win the presidency.
He played coy when asked about his own Thanksgiving plans for his last one at the White House, saying he ‘can’t say what’s first or last.’ He added that it might be the ‘first one of a second term.’
President Trump said he would go to Georgia on Saturday, December 5, to campaign for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue
And he criticized Biden for moving ahead in forming a new government.
‘I think it’s not right he’s trying to pick a Cabinet,’ Trump said of Biden.
He also refused to talk about the next presidential contest, which associates have said he’s considering running in.
‘I don’t want to talk to 2024 yet,’ he said.
Specifically, Trump complained about results in states he won in 2016 but lost to Biden in November, specifically calling out Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
‘You will find tens of thousands of false ballots,’ he promised.
He alleged voters in Pennsylvania who tried to vote were told they already had, said he was winning in Wayne County in Michigan but then said canvassers wouldn’t certify for him, claimed there were ‘tremendous discrepancies’ in Wisconsin, and faulted Democrat Stacey Abrams for his loss in Georgia.
Trump accused Abrams, who worked on voter registration in Georgia, with harvesting votes. ‘Ballot harvesting’ as it’s called is when a third party collects an individual’s legal vote and turns it into state officials. The practice is legal
‘You’re not allowed to harvest,’ Trump said.
He also railed against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who led a hand recount of the state that certified Biden’s win, an ‘enemy of the people.’
‘I understand the Secretary of State, who is really an enemy of the people, the Secretary of State, and whether it’s republican or not,’ Trump complained.
Georgia officials are doing another recount at Trump’s request.
Biden became the first Democrat to carry the state of Georgia since 1992 and many Democrats credited Abrams get-out-the-vote operation in the state for his victory there.
Trump is going to Georgia on Saturday, December 5, to campaign for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. The two candidates are in a January 5th runoff election. Republicans need to win both seats in order to maintain their control of the Senate.
The president said he spoke to them about his concerns about Georgia’s voting.
‘I told them today I said listen you have a fraudulent system, you have a system with the flick of a switch or the putting in a new chip can change the course of history,’ he said.
President Trump faulted Democrat Stacey Abrams for his loss in Georgia
Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, an ‘enemy of the people’ – Raffensperger presided over a hand recount that confirmed Biden’s victory
President Donald Trump called into a hearing-style event in Pennsylvania where lawyer Rudy Giuliani leveled charges of voter fraud on Wednesday
In Pennsylvania Trump’s his legal team is trying to stop certification of the state’s 20 electoral votes for Biden.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney who is leading the charge in trying to overturn the election, testified at a Republican-led hearing of sorts on Wednesday, which Trump called into to implore GOP officials in the state to find he won Pennsylvania.
‘This election has to be turned around. We won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all of these swing states by a lot,’ Trump said via a cellphone his attorney Jenna Ellis held up to a microphone.
Trump also tried to subvert results in Michigan. He met with two state lawmakers at the White House to discuss the election.
But, despite his efforts, the two men said they haven’t seen any evidence that would change the fact that Biden won their state.
‘We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election,’ Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement after their meeting with President Trump last week.
In Wisconsin, Republicans filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking the state Supreme Court to block certification of the presidential election results as a recount is ongoing. The state is supposed to certify its results on Tuesday, December 1.