U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday accused Donald Trump of brazenly damaging democracy as the incumbent continued a campaign to reverse his election loss through fraud and face-to-face contact with electoral officials.
Trump is behind “incredibly harmful messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy works,” Biden told reporters in his home state of Delaware.
When asked about Trump’s calls to Michigan officials, which Biden won by 155,000 votes on November 3rd, Biden said it was “another incident that will make him go down in history as one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history.”
“It’s hard to see what this man thinks,” said Biden. “I’m confident he knows he didn’t win, can’t win and we will be sworn in on January 20th.”
Trump has refused to accept his November 3rd loss despite his opponent receiving more than six million votes.
Biden also won the electoral college votes that will ultimately decide who will take over the White House from 306 to 232 and flip over five states that went to Trump four years ago.
After initially making unsubstantiated claims about widespread fraud, Trump appeared to be changing his strategy to urging states to override the will of voters.
In Michigan, Trump phoned a Republican on a once-obscure body who wanted to withdraw her certification of the election result in the heavily Democratic county, which includes the majority in Black Detroit.
“He made sure I was safe after seeing / hearing about the threats and doxxing,” Monica Palmer, chairman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, told the Detroit Free Press, referring to personal information that was about they were published on social media.
Trump also reportedly invited Michigan Republican lawmakers to the White House, despite his campaign withdrawing a federal lawsuit asking the courts to block final certification of the state’s findings.
Biden’s Michigan profit margin is more than ten times higher than Trump’s when he won the state in 2016.
Further allegations from Trump Camp
Georgia is preparing to publish the results of a handcount of its five million ballots that will show that Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate in nearly three decades to win the southern state.
Trump dispatched his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to a press conference Thursday reading affidavits of fraudulent voter activity in several states and saying the campaign would file a new lawsuit in Georgia.
Giuliani, a former New York City Mayor, boldly accused the Democrats of “crooks” who committed massive fraud in several battlefield states “to steal an election from the American people.”
“It changes the election results in Michigan if you take Wayne County off,” said Giuliani, who repeatedly wiped sweat from his forehead and at one point had a dark liquid that may or may not have been hair dye on his face.
When Giuliani and other Trump attorneys made allegations that included charges of Communist involvement, the president turned to Twitter – apparently on television – to applaud them for presenting “an open case of electoral fraud.”
Chris Krebs, the top US electoral security officer who was fired by Trump after calling the election the safest ever, wrote on Twitter that the press conference was “the most dangerous 1-hour 45-minute television time in American history” and “possibly the craziest”. “”
Recount ‘did its job’
In Georgia, Biden’s original winning margin was just over 14,000 votes.
The handcount, which started last week and ended late Wednesday, slightly narrowed that gap to more than 12,700 by early Thursday.
Some inconsistencies have been found in the Republican countries, according to Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system manager who helped oversee what is known as the risk-level review.
“The good thing was that the audit did its job. It found those tranches of votes,” he told Fox News.
Human error rather than fraud issues included memory cards not scanned in Douglas and Walton counties, more than 2,700 missing votes in Fayette County, and 2,600 ballots in Floyd Counties that were not scanned.
Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, who is a Republican like Sterling, said there was no widespread electoral fraud.
“I don’t think this will ultimately change the overall results,” Raffensperger told CNN.
The laser-like focus on Georgia isn’t just due to the recount. The U.S. Senate’s two races in the state will be abandoned on Jan. 5 to determine control of the Chamber and Biden’s ability to get his agenda through.
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