President Donald Trump has baselessly claimed to have won the U.S. election and uttered repeated falsehoods when he conducted an event to investigate unproven charges of voter fraud by Pennsylvania Republicans.
“This was an election we won easily. We won it by a big margin,” Mr. Trump told the party gathering at a hotel in Gettysburg.
Currently, Mr. Trump lost by about 80,000 votes in the state to President-elect Joe Biden, and on Tuesday, Pennsylvania certified Mr. Biden as the winner.
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The event in Pennsylvania was the latest effort by Donald Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, to cast doubt on the outcome of the Democratic election, even though the formal transition process has already begun and Joe Biden has been recognized as president-elect by an increasing number of Republicans.
Arizona and Michigan have been organizing similar activities.
State election authorities around the country and international experts have said there is no proof of systematic voter fraud, and, in addition to several simple mistakes, Mr. Trump’s legal team has consistently lost in court.
The event on Wednesday, hastily arranged by Republican state legislators, including Sen. Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania, a vocal supporter of Mr. Trump, came with official hearing trappings – flags, a gavel, and unsworn “witnesses” who “testified” in person and by phone.
Among them was a special guest – the president – who was supposed to attend in person at one point, but not after another member of his legal team revealed that on Wednesday morning he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Mr. Trump talked to his lawyer Jenna Ellis over the phone held to a microphone for about 11 minutes, insisting again that Mr. Biden had been “rigged” in the election.
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“This election needs to be flipped,” he declared.
It was another surprising comment from an American president who, because he wants to remain in power, supports overturning a democratic election and the will of the people.
Around a mile from the scene of Pickett’s Charge, where Union troops repelled a desperate Confederate attack in July 1863, is the hotel where the Senate Majority Policy Committee met. This helped turn the tide against the slaveholding South in the American Civil War.
The Trump campaign has asked the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals for Mr. Giuliani’s opportunity to make oral arguments in his appeal over the count of votes in Pennsylvania. If it will hear arguments, the court has not yet said.