The November 3rd vote was “a complete fraud,” said Trump on Sunday in a telephone interview with Fox News. In the almost hour-long conversation, Trump renewed his allegations that many dead people had voted and that the increase in postal votes resulted in “massive fraud”.
Trump has so far provided no reliable 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 election officers in the states have rated the vote as safe and successful – no major cases of fraud are known.
Trump (74) continues to refuse to recognize the election victory of Democrat Joe Biden (78). When asked by the conservative Fox News presenter Maria Bartiromo whether there was still a way to victory for him despite the defeats in court, Trump said: “I hope so.” He claimed that he received “thousands, tens of thousands” more votes than Biden in the decisive states. Social networks and especially the media – which he again referred to as “enemies of the people” – suppressed the truth, Trump said.
Trump also complained that it was very difficult to bring his allegations to the Supreme Court in Washington. Trump is hoping for a home game there because six of the nine judges are considered conservative, three of whom were nominated by him. “You need a Supreme Court willing to make a really big decision,” he said. Trump’s failed lawsuits in lower courts make the hopes for the Supreme Court seem unrealistic. In addition, even a favorable verdict on a dispute in a state would not be enough to help him win.
Biden was declared the winner by US media after the election. According to the current count, he was able to secure the votes of 306 voters, significantly more than the 270 votes necessary for a victory. The electoral college will elect the next president and vice-president on December 14th. The result of the vote will not be officially announced until January 6th. In view of the known election results, both steps are considered formalities. Biden (78) is to be sworn in on January 20th.
Trump has rarely appeared in public since the election. He avoided asking journalists questions until Thursday. When asked by a reporter, he said that he would leave the White House of his own accord if Biden were to be elected by the electoral college. Trump did not want to comment on speculations that he is planning to run for president again in 2024.
After the election, Trump’s government initially refused to initiate the legally required, orderly handover (“transition”) to Biden. On Monday, however, the relevant agency gave in and paved the way for the Democrat and his team to have access to ministries, agencies and confidential government information, as well as millions of dollars in salaries and other expenses, before the inauguration. This Monday, Biden is supposed to receive the strictly confidential briefing from the secret services for the first time, which normally only goes to the president.