They claim, for example, that the Democrats manipulated the election with the help of communists from Venezuela. In addition, the software used in the count is said to have converted votes for Trump into votes for Biden.
Donald Trump’s lawyers are diving deeper and deeper into conspiracy theories in their attacks on the outcome of the lost presidential election. They claim, among other things, that the Democrats manipulated the election with the help of communists from Venezuela. They also insist on the rebutted allegations that the software used in the count converted votes for President Trump in favor of his victorious challenger Joe Biden.
At the same time, the Trump side lost in court proceedings in the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona on Thursday alone. In Georgia, Biden’s election victory in the state should be sealed on Friday by the official confirmation of the results. So far, the Trump side has collected more than 30 slaps in court, with a small success. Trump’s longtime lawyer and confidante Rudy Giuliani, held out the prospect of further lawsuits.
Biden called Trump’s blockade attitude “completely irresponsible”. His refusal to recognize the result of the November 3rd election is damaging the reputation of democracy. Regarding Trump’s efforts to undermine the election result, Biden said he would make the history books as America’s “most irresponsible president”.
Important witnesses do not want to appear in public
At a press conference on Thursday, Trump’s legal team also said that no evidence could be presented to journalists in view of the pending proceedings. In addition, important witnesses did not want to appear before the general public. That didn’t stop Giuliani from saying, “We can’t let these crooks steal elections from the Americans. They voted Donald Trump. They didn’t vote Joe Biden.” All electoral authorities have so far confirmed that there was no election fraud – or major errors that could call the election result into question.
Giuliani claimed, however, that he could prove that Trump did not actually lose the important state of Pennsylvania, but won it by a margin of 300,000 votes, and Michigan by 50,000 votes. Among other things, ballot papers were scanned several times. Giuliani’s statement: “I think it is a logical conclusion that there was a joint plan that emanated directly from the Democratic Party and its candidate.” There was no evidence of that either. Giuliani was once a prosecutor himself and later mayor of New York.
“Massive influence of communist money”
Attorney Sydney Powell went on: “What we are really dealing with here is massive swaying of communist money over Venezuela, Cuba and presumably China to interfere in our election.” It also alleged that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, had backdoors built into the software used in the vote count. Allegedly it was possible because a vote cast for Biden was worth 1.25 votes. The software was only used when scanning ballot papers. The electoral authorities emphasize that there is a paper receipt for every vote cast.
Christopher Krebs, who was recently fired by Trump and who was a senior government official responsible for securing the elections, described the press conference on Twitter as “the most dangerous 1:45 hour TV in American history”. “And probably the craziest,” he added.
State results are key to winning a presidential election. The head of state is not elected directly by the people, but by electorates who cast their votes according to the results in their state. According to calculations by the US media, the Democrat Biden has 306 electorates behind him, he needs 270 for the presidential election. Trump has 232 electorates. Pennsylvania is a particularly valuable state with 20 voters, Georgia has 16 votes, and Wisconsin 10.
Do not confirm election result by lawsuit
In Pennsylvania, the Trump side, under the direction of his longtime personal attorney and confidante Rudy Giuliani, is calling in a lawsuit, which has been revised for the second time, not to confirm the election result in the state at all. Instead, the local parliament – in which Republicans have a majority – should appoint the electorate. The goal: These elected voters should not vote for election winner Biden on December 14, but for Trump.
In Michigan, Trump has a similar plan. He invited Republican members of the state’s parliament to join him in the White House. Legal expert Lawrence Tribe warned on CNN that such a meeting could be illegal.
Biden wins Georgia even after the second count
The manual review of votes in Georgia has now been completed. There Biden was ahead with around 14,000 votes before the recount began. Now the plus has shrunk to 12,284 votes. That had already been expected: a few days ago it was discovered that electoral commissions in two Republican-ruled districts had forgotten to include several thousand votes counted.
The responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger emphasized that no signs of election fraud had been found. The local broadcaster WSB-TV confirmed that the difference between the first and the second count would fill “no thimble”. There is “no doubt” that the state will formally confirm Biden’s victory over Republican incumbent Donald Trump on Friday. However, Trump can still request a recount because the gap between the candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points.
(WHAT / dpa)