Update (1101ET): In a sharp reversal of earlier comments to reporters, President Trump on Friday said that he’ll only leave the White House if Biden can prove the election wasn’t fraudulent.
“Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous “80,000,000 votes” were not fraudulently or illegally obtained,” tweeted Trump, adding “When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!”
Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous “80,000,000 votes” were not fraudulently or illegally obtained. When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2020
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President Trump took questions from reporters on Thursday evening for the first time since Election Day. And after confirming a few days ago via Twitter that he would tell the GSA to formally begin the transition process, the president confirmed to a group of MSM journalists that he would formally surrender power to Biden should Trump’s rival win the Electoral College vote.
During the scrum, Trump took about 25 minutes to rehash a series of allegations his legal team has so far made while saying flatly that Biden couldn’t have done as well as he did without “fraud”.
Reporters of course leapt at the opportunity to ask all kinds of salacious questions: Trump was asked if he’d physically leave the White House if the Electoral College affirms Biden’s victory – Trump replied “certainly I will, and you know that.”
After a round of antagonistic questions, Trump started lashing out at various states for dropping the ball and ruining his chances at a second term, while reiterating that this was “a rigged election…at the highest level”.
Trump slammed Georgia’s Republican secretary of state – who penned an op-ed slamming Trump and his supporters – as an “enemy of the people.” He added that he would soon stage a rally in Georgia, where voters return to the polls in early January for a pair of runoff Senate races that will determine control of the Upper Chamber.
Finally, Trump repeatedly returned to questioning Joe Biden’s raw vote total, insisting the Democrat couldn’t have done so well as compared to previous Democratic candidates, although population growth historically drives growth in voting numbers while 2020 led to a particularly charged political atmosphere.
“This is not a candidate that can get 80 million votes,” he said of Biden. “The only way he got 80 million votes is through a massive fraud.”
Trump declined to say if he’d attend Biden’s inauguration, as is the custom for an outgoing president. “I’ll be honest, I know the answer, but I just don’t want to say it yet,” he said, before adding that it’s “not right” that Biden has already started picking his cabinet.
Both Trump and Biden stayed close to home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The inauguration for Biden (assuming he does win the EC) would take place on Jan. 20.
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