President Donald Trump has reiterated his claims of fraud by quoting a lawyer on Twitter and calling into question the election as a whole.
In tweets that appeared to quote law professor and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, he wrote that “the tabulation stage” is “just beginning” and alleged “a number of affidavits that there has been voter fraud”.
Mr Trump, who returned to the golf course in Sterling, Virginia, shortly after posting on Twitter, has repeatedly made the claims over recent days but has yet to give any proof of such fraud.
“We should look at the votes. We’re just beginning the tabulation stage. We should look at these allegations. We’re seeing a number of affidavits that there has been voter fraud. We have a history in this country of election problems. In Pennsylvania you had an order by a…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2020
In a series of tweets, he apparently quoted Mr Gingrich – an expert in public interest law who served as Republican speaker from 1995 to 1999 – as saying: “If there’s a problem in the system about authentication, that would seriously affect the ENTIRE ELECTION.”
He also alleged Mr Gingrich said: “We believe these people are thieves. The big city machines are corrupt. This was a stolen election. Best pollster in Britain wrote this morning that this clearly was a stolen election, that it’s impossible to imagine that Biden outran Obama in some of these states.”
It is a US convention that once a presidential candidate secures 270 or more electoral college votes and wins the keys to the White House, the losing candidate makes a concession speech and congratulates their opponent.
Mr Trump is showing no signs of admitting defeat and there are reports, not confirmed by Sky News, that his son-in-law Jared Kushner has advised him to quit.
However, others in his circle are supporting his stance, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
The former New York mayor has vowed to provide Mr Trump with evidence of voter fraud but has yet to produce any – including during a press conference he held on Saturday in the car park of a small Philadelphia landscaping company.
Mr Trump’s sons, Donald Jr and Eric, have also encouraged him to keep fighting and challenged Republicans to stand with them.
In a statement on Friday, Mr Trump suggested that he would challenge the election’s result via the law, saying: “We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government.
“I will never give up fighting for you and our nation.”
Mr Trump’s team has launched legal action in a number of states in recent days.
In Nevada, his team asked for emergency relief to stop the counting of “improper votes” in Democrat-leaning Clark County, home to Las Vegas, and said it was filing a federal lawsuit.
The Trump campaign also claimed people had taken other voters’ mail-in ballot papers and voted falsely under their names, with others sending “up to 18 ballots”.
His team asked the US Supreme Court to allow it to join a pending lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania Republicans over whether the battleground state – later won by president-elect Joe Biden – should have been permitted to accept ballots that were mailed by election day, but arrived late.
Elsewhere, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to require Chatham County in Georgia to separate and secure late-arriving ballots to ensure they were not counted, and lost a lawsuit to halt vote-counting in Michigan.
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