US Elections: Trump continues to talk about fraud

US Elections: Trump continues to talk about fraud

The US president continues to question the legitimacy of the November 3rd election.

After US President Donald Trump once again sowed doubts in a press conference on Wednesday whether he would accept the outcome of the presidential election on November 3 even if he lost, the White House is trying to clarify. “The President will accept the results of a free and fair election,” said President’s Office spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday when journalists asked.

But the clarification did not last long: Just hours later, Trump said in Washington: “We have to make sure that the election is honest. But I don’t know if it can be, “said Trump on Thursday with a view to voting papers sent by post. Trump has been claiming for weeks that election documents sent millions of times to US citizens drastically increased the risk of election fraud. Experts and those responsible for elections deny this.

Trump said repeatedly in front of his supporters that he was convinced that he could only lose the vote through electoral fraud. On Wednesday, when asked by a reporter, he refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power in advance. “We have to wait and see what happens,” he said instead.

Incidentally, he also had to immediately appoint a successor to the late Supreme Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg so that there could not be a stalemate of 4:4 judges’ votes in the Supreme Court if the election was ultimately decided there.

“The Democrats are manipulating our 2020 election!” Trump added on Friday night on Twitter and linked a report on his house broadcaster Fox News. It concerns a notification from the Pennsylvania State Department of Justice that nine discarded ballot papers were discovered. The authority had initially spoken of nine ballots for Trump, but later made it clear that this was only safe for seven of them.

After US President Donald Trump once again sowed doubts in a press conference on Wednesday whether he would accept the outcome of the presidential election on November 3 even if he lost, the White House is trying to clarify. “The President will accept the results of a free and fair election,” said President’s Office spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday when journalists asked.

But the clarification did not last long: Just hours later, Trump said in Washington: “We have to make sure that the election is honest. But I don’t know if it can be, “said Trump on Thursday with a view to voting papers sent by post. Trump has been claiming for weeks that election documents sent millions of times to US citizens drastically increased the risk of election fraud. Experts and those responsible for elections deny this.

Trump said repeatedly in front of his supporters that he was convinced that he could only lose the vote through electoral fraud. On Wednesday, when asked by a reporter, he refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power in advance. “We have to wait and see what happens,” he said instead.

Incidentally, he also had to immediately appoint a successor to the late Supreme Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg so that there could not be a stalemate of 4:4 judges’ votes in the Supreme Court if the election was ultimately decided there.

“The Democrats are manipulating our 2020 election!” Trump added on Friday night on Twitter and linked a report on his house broadcaster Fox News. It concerns a notification from the Pennsylvania State Department of Justice that nine discarded ballot papers were discovered. The authority had initially spoken of nine ballots for Trump, but later made it clear that this was only safe for seven of them.

The other two were in the envelopes that came with them when the FBI seized them. They were voting papers from members of the military and some could also be assigned to individual persons. In Pennsylvania, envelopes with ballot papers sent by post have to remain sealed until election day.

According to the investigators’ first findings, employees of the local electoral authority opened the envelopes with the ballot papers because they looked very similar to the envelopes with applications for postal voting documents. Meanwhile, Trump took the opportunity to speak of irregularities. “You throw it away if it has the name Trump on it, I guess,” he said.

In the presidential election on November 3, in view of the corona pandemic, a significantly higher proportion of voting slips sent by post is expected than usual.

Trump’s remarks sparked criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. The Senate, in which the Republicans hold a majority, passed a resolution on Thursday declaring the peaceful transfer of power.

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