The outgoing US president repeated his unsubstantiated claim that “many dead people voted” in the early November elections. The loser continues to hope for a path to victory.
In his first television interview since the US election, the incumbent President, Donald Trump, reiterated his unsubstantiated claims about alleged electoral fraud. The November 3rd vote was “a complete fraud,” Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox News on Sunday.
In the almost one-hour conversation, Trump renewed his claims that many dead people had voted and that the increase in postal votes resulted in “massive fraud”.
Major lawsuits dismissed
Trump has so far not presented any solid evidence of the alleged election fraud he has been talking about for weeks. US courts have already thrown down numerous lawsuits aimed at challenging the election results and his Republican allies.
It was only on Friday that a federal judge who had once been nominated by Trump had dismissed an important lawsuit in the state of Pennsylvania as unfounded. US authorities and state election officers have rated the vote as safe and successful – there are no known cases of major fraud.
Trump (74) continues to refuse to recognize the election victory of Democrat Joe Biden (78). When asked by the moderator, Maria Bartiromo, whether there was still a way to victory for him despite the defeats in court, Trump said: “I hope so.”
Trump paid for recount in Wisconsin
In addition, the incumbent US president did not gain any votes in the partial recounting of votes in the state of Wisconsin, which Trump requested and paid for. After the recount in the Milwaukee and Dane districts, however, Biden gained 87 votes, as the local newspaper “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” reported on Sunday.
In Milwaukee, Biden won 132 votes, in Dane the Republican Trump secured 45 votes. The electoral authority published an overview of all deviations in individual polling stations on its website.
Biden won the election in the northern state with around three million votes cast by a good 20,000 votes. Trump’s election campaign team paid three million dollars in advance for the partial recount, as the election commission had declared. The recount should be completed by Tuesday. In 2016, Trump had just won the state.
Second recount in Georgia
Wisconsin has the votes of ten electors in the presidential election. According to the results so far, Biden leads nationwide with 306 to 232 votes. He needs at least 270 votes to win. The electoral college, which ultimately determines the president, will vote on December 14th.
A second vote recount is currently ongoing in the southern state of Georgia. If, as expected, the results of the first recount are confirmed, the 16 electorate of the state also went to Biden as forecast.
(WHAT / dpa)