President Trump seems to be considering the possibility of defeat in the 2020 election.
On Sunday, the president tweeted that Democratic challenger Joe Biden “won” the election before walking back the statement shortly after. “He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Roughly an hour later, President Trump tweeted again in what seemed to be an effort to clarify his previous statement. “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” the president wrote. “I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”
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The president’s first tweet cited a number of issues to explain his position. He mentioned the restrictions against Republican poll watchers and alluded to allegations against Dominion Voting, a voting machine company rumored to have a glitch in its equipment that caused Trump votes to switch to Biden.
“NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!” he continued.
Dominion Voting has denied the allegations against it. “[Dominion Voting] denies claims about any vote switching or alleged software issues with our voting systems,” the company said in a statement.
Trump Loosely Acknowledges Defeat
His Sunday tweets were the first time President Trump had even loosely acknowledged a possible defeat. His campaign is pursuing legal challenges in several states that could sway the outcome of the election. However, it seems the president might be losing hope. At this point, it would take a legal miracle for the president to overturn the Biden victory. However, the fight will continue to its bitter end.
On Friday, President Trump doubled-down on claims he was robbed. “This election was stolen. It was a rigged election, 100 percent, and everyone knows it,” Trump told the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin in a 10-minute phone interview. “It’s going to be that I got about 74 million votes, and I lost? It’s not possible.”
At one point, Goodwin asked Trump whether he would accept the results of the election if his legal challenges failed. “We’ll see how it turns out,” the president answered. “It’s hard to come to terms when they won’t let your poll watchers in to observe,” said Trump. When pressed on the issue, Trump wouldn’t give a definitive answer. “Again, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen,” he said.
Winning Was A “Long Shot”
Trump’s longtime friend, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, also spoke with the president on Friday. Rivera later tweeted that the president admitted winning was a “long shot” and that, when it came down to it, he would ultimately do “the right thing.
The president would have to overturn election results in at least three states to even have a chance at challenging Biden’s victory. However, allegations of voter fraud continue to crop up around the country. Additionally, many of the accusers have signed sworn affidavits attesting to their stories. If the courts see evidence of widespread fraud, the election results could be disputed.
However, even if instances of fraud are discovered, proving it was widespread enough to affect the outcome of the election will be an uphill battle. At this point, it seems Team Trump will have a hard time winning its legal battles. Also, the president’s tweet on Sunday serves as a hint that even he is beginning to realize his chances are slim.
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