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US ELECTIONS 2020

Trump continues to cry foul over 'rigged, corrupt and stolen' election

Donald Trump returns to the White House after Joe Biden's election win.
Donald Trump returns to the White House after Joe Biden's election win. REUTERS - CARLOS BARRIA
Text by: Jan van der Made with RFI
6 min

While Donald Trump's accusations of fraud in the US presidential election have been condemned by some of his fellow Republicans, top party figures have maintained their support. The fight goes on, but for how long?

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Last week, with results showing Democratic challenger Joe Biden edging closer to victory, Trump made a series of allegations without evidence on Thursday night in a speech that was widely condemned.

Senator Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate who has been strongly critical of Trump, was among those speaking out.

"He is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen," Romney said in a statement, while noting that Trump nevertheless had the right to pursue legal remedies if he had evidence of fraud.

"Doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the foundation of the republic, and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions."

But Romney's stance was not adopted by party leaders.

On Friday morning, one of the country's most powerful Republicans, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, released a vague statement that did not condemn the president's bid to sow doubt over the counting process.

"Here's how this must work in our great country: Every legal vote should be counted," he tweeted.

"Any illegally submitted ballots must not. All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws and resolve disputes."

Trump, after a tweet silence of 14 hours when he stubbornly announced that he had “WON THE ELECTION, BY A LOT,” resumed his online onslaught on Sunday, with a deluge of remarks that showed he does not intend to give in any time soon. 

Court challenges filed

Trump is either involved in or has announced nine court cases aimed at turning the tide of elections that went wrong for him. Five are in Pennsylvania and four in other battleground states.

He has reason to be scared of becoming an ordinary citizen again.

After he returns to normal life, Trump may be called to answer allegations of crimes involving obstruction of justice, violating the emolument clause of the constitution, and tax fraud, among others. 

Trump goes to court

Pennsylvania

  • Demand that Pennsylvania cannot count mail-in ballots that arrived up to three days after Election Day but were postmarked by 3 November.

Status: Pending

  • Demand to set aside provisional ballots cast on Election Day for voters who also sent absentee or mail-in ballots that arrived on time.

Status: Trump wins

  • Demand to block election officials in Montgomery County suspected of being partisan 

Status: Rejected

  • Demand to have better access for monitors counting votes in Philadelphia 

Status: Trump wins, Democrats appeal 

Appeal to have election officials in Philadelphia stop counting votes

Status: rejected

Wisconsin

  • The Trump campaign has said it will seek a recount in Wisconsin 

Nevada

  • The Trump campaign said on Thursday it would file a lawsuit concerning 10,000 votes that were allegedly cast by people no longer residing in the state.

Georgia

  • Appeal on claim that a Republican poll observer in Chatham County witnessed late ballots being illegally added to a pile of on-time absentee ballots.

Michigan

  • Claim that the Trump campaign didn’t get “meaningful access” to counting locations to observe the process for opening and tabulating ballots as guaranteed under state law. 

Status: rejected

He would no longer enjoy the “executive privilege” that comes with being the president of the United States, nor the protection of the attorney general, William Barr, who has morphed into being Trump’s personal lawyer rather than being the nation’s top cop. 

As a result, it serves Trump to create even more chaos and uncertainty in order to remain in the Oval Office.

Being expelled from the White House may mean going to court – or to prison.

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