While Joe Biden is being congratulated as president of the US, incumbent Donald Trump wants to challenge the election results with further lawsuits. Trump has no evidence for his allegations.
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Donald Trump continues to deny his defeat in the US presidential election and is pursuing further lawsuits to overturn the vote. In the important state of Pennsylvania, lawyers are attacking vote counting and the postal voting system. Trump also reiterated his allegations of anti-election fraud in Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin in a series of tweets on Monday. There are still no confirmed cases of electoral fraud in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.
“Nevada is proving to be a cesspool of false votes,” Trump wrote on Twitter, promising “absolutely shocking” revelations. Twitter immediately issued a warning to the president’s tweet because it was a controversial allegation about the election.
Trump also wrote that he would win the state of Georgia, which Biden stands for, “just like on election night.” Biden had taken charge after the votes were counted by mail. In view of the corona pandemic, Democratic voters in particular had voted by letter. The state’s deputy governor, Republican Geoff Duncan, said on CNN on Monday that he has not encountered any significant cases of electoral fraud. Given the narrow result, a recount in Georgia is very likely.
Georgia will be a big presidential victory because it was election night!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020
That’s what the Pennsylvania lawsuits are about
One of the lawsuits in Pennsylvania is Trump’s claim that Republicans were denied the ability to watch a large portion of the vote. Republicans also claim that when voting by mail, some districts with a high Democratic population are breaking the rules and the system as a whole is vulnerable to fraud. Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral votes for the presidential election, was a crucial state that helped Biden win.
Republican party leader Ronna McDaniel admitted she did not know if legal action would be enough to change the outcome in Trump’s favor. Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany insinuated the Democrats in a press conference that they would approve fraud. The TV broadcaster Fox News, which has been on the side of the president in recent years, then shut down because the allegations were unsubstantiated.
McConnell: Trump is entitled to an investigation
The influential Republican majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, spoke only Monday about “preliminary results” of the election. “President Trump has a one hundred percent right to investigate allegations of irregularities and explore his legal options,” he said in the Senate. So far, only four Republican senators have congratulated Biden on his election victory: Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Ben Sasse. They were previously known as deviating from the core of the Republican Party – and could play an important role for Biden as president if the Republicans retained control of the Senate.
Probably decisive for this will be the second elections for the two Senate seats in Georgia in early January. Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler urged the Secretary of State to resign after the election results because the vote was poorly organized. This dismissed the charges. There are certainly cases of illegal voting in Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wrote on Twitter. But it is unlikely they would have been big enough for Trump to win the state.
The U.S. Attorney General allows prosecutors to investigate electoral fraud
According to media reports, US Attorney General William Barr has authorized prosecutors to investigate allegations of electoral fraud before the final results are released. Such proceedings are likely to be initiated when there are “clear and seemingly credible allegations of irregularities” that may have affected election results in a state, the minister’s letter to prosecutors said. The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal reported this Monday evening (local time).
Usually, prosecutors are not allowed to take any action until final results are available. This could take days or weeks after the election on November 3, depending on local law. States must report their certified final results to Washington by Dec. 8.
The incumbent president speaks of election fraud after Tuesday’s elections and hopes to legally nullify Biden’s victory. Biden was declared the winner on Saturday based on the predictions of the American media. Heads of state and government from around the world, including Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), meanwhile, have congratulated Biden on his victory.