US President-elect Joe Biden, whose victory was bolstered Thursday by a recount of the ballots in the key state of Georgia, denounced the “incredible irresponsibility” of Donald Trump, who still refuses to accept his defeat in the November 3 election.
The current tenant of the White House denounces, without the slightest tangible proof, massive fraud in several states and has embarked on a judicial guerrilla war led, in extreme confusion, by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
“I think (Americans) are witnessing incredible irresponsibility, incredibly damaging messages sent to the rest of the world about how democracy works,” Biden said from his home base in Wilmington, Delaware.
“It’s hard to understand how this man reasons,” he continued. “I am convinced he knows he lost and that I will be sworn in on January 20. What he is doing is just outrageous.”
Nationally, Joe Biden, who turns 78 on Friday, won nearly 80 million votes in the November 3 ballot, against just under 74 million for the Republican billionaire.
But the White House is played out through a system of elected voters in each state, and the Democrat’s victory is short in a handful of them.
In Georgia, the count gave him, at the time of the initial count, only 14,000 votes ahead of his rival, a gap so narrow that a recount by hand took place.
Local authorities announced Thursday evening that this recount had confirmed Joe Biden as the winner of this state, with a slightly narrowed margin of about 12,200 votes.
The gap thus remaining less than 0.5% of the vote, the American president can request a new recount once the results are certified, said a statement from the office of the local secretary of state, in charge of organizing the elections.
A Trump campaign official immediately attacked the outcome. “This so-called manual recount went exactly as planned, because Georgia simply recounted all the illegal votes,” Jenna Ellis said. The campaign team intends to “explore all legal options”, she added.
– “Confusion” –
In the morning, Donald Trump had attacked the electoral operations in this southern state. In a series of tweets, he had notably bounced back from the discovery of nearly 6,000 ballots in two counties with a Republican majority.
A part had been counted, but not downloaded into the system. The others appear to have been left in a box, according to local authorities.
“This creates confusion and we understand that people are worried”, but “the good news is that the recount has fulfilled its role” in correcting these errors, commented Gabriel Sterling, one of the Republican elected officials. in charge of operations supervision.
“Let us hope that President Trump accepts the result,” he added on Fox News, regretting that “the questioning” of the election “undermines the foundations of democracy”.
This state is the center of attention because the control of the Senate will also be played there in January during two senatorial elections.
– “Case closed” –
Beyond Georgia, the president and his allies have filed a series of appeals in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada.
Some have been rejected by the courts, others withdrawn by those concerned, but President Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer is struggling to support the last. This week, for the first time in decades, the former mayor of New York even pleaded before a federal judge, without providing material elements.
Thursday, in a very disjointed press briefing, he brewed several conspiratorial theories, accusing Venezuela or the philanthropist George Soros of having participated in a fraud organized according to him by “democratic leaders”, with the complicity of Joe Biden himself. even.