US President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed again, without any basis, that he won the election and repeated repeated lies when he called for an event held by Pennsylvania Republicans to investigate unproven allegations of voter fraud.
This was an election we won easily. “We won it a lot,” Trump told the group at a hotel in Gettysburg. In fact, Trump lost the election to President-elect Joe Biden. Biden won Pennsylvania with nearly 80,000 votes, and the state saw him as the winner on Tuesday.
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The Pennsylvania event was the latest attempt by Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, to try to question the results of the Democratic election, even as the formal transition process began and a growing number of Republicans. Recognition of Biden as elected president.
State election officials across the county and international observers said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and Trump’s legal team repeatedly lost in court, as well as made several initial mistakes.
Wednesday’s event, hastily organized by Republican lawmakers in the state, including Pennsylvania Senator Doug Mastriano, an outspoken supporter of Trump, came with the trappings of a formal hearing – flags, a hammer, and non-sworn “witnesses” who “testified” in person and over the phone.
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Among them was a special guest – the president – who was at one point expected to attend in person, but did not do so after another member of his legal team announced that he had contracted the Coronavirus on Wednesday morning.
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Trump spoke for about 11 minutes on the phone his attorney Gina Ellis took to the microphone and insisted again that the election was “rigged” for Biden.
“These elections must be transformed,” he said.
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It was yet another startling announcement from an American president calling to overturn democratic elections and the will of the electorate because he wants to stay in power.
The hotel where the Senate Majority Policy Committee met is about one mile from the scene of the Beckett Charge, where Union forces repelled a desperate Confederate attack in July 1863. It helped turn the tide of the American Civil War against the slaveholding South.
Trump’s campaign on Wednesday asked the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals to give Giuliani an opportunity to present oral arguments in her appeal on the Pennsylvania vote count. The court has yet to say whether to hear the arguments.
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Boris Epstein, a Trump campaign aide who was working with his legal team, is the latest person in Trump’s orbit to contract the coronavirus. He attended a press conference with Giuliani in Washington last week, during which Giuliani continued to press unfounded accusations of mass voter fraud, despite the lack of evidence to support his claims.
Also in attendance was Giuliani’s son, who works for the White House, and announced a day later that he had tested positive.
Giuliani wore a mask upon arrival at the hearing, but despite his exposure, he was not isolated.
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