WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday baselessly claimed anew that he had received the election and uttered repeated falsehoods when he known as into an occasion held by Pennsylvania Republicans to analyze unproven allegations of voter fraud.
“This was an election that we won easily. We won it by a lot,” Trump declared to the group gathered at a lodge in Gettysburg. Trump, in actual fact, misplaced the election to President-elect Joe Biden. Biden received Pennsylvania by about 80,000 votes and the state licensed him because the winner on Tuesday.
The Pennsylvania occasion was the newest try by Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a former New York Metropolis mayor, to attempt to forged doubt on the outcomes of the democratic election, even because the formal transition course of has begun and a rising variety of Republicans are recognizing Biden as president-elect.
State election officers throughout the county and worldwide observers have mentioned there is no such thing as a proof of widespread voter fraud, and Trump’s authorized group has misplaced repeatedly in court docket, along with making quite a few elementary errors.
Wednesday’s occasion, swiftly organized by Republican state lawmakers, together with Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, an outspoken Trump supporter, got here with trappings of an official listening to — flags, a gavel, and unsworn “witnesses” who “testified” in particular person and by cellphone.
Amongst them was a particular visitor — the president — who at one level had been anticipated to attend in particular person, however didn’t after one other member of his authorized group introduced that he had examined optimistic for the coronavirus Wednesday morning.
“This election has to be turned around,” he said.
It was yet one more beautiful declaration from an American president advocating overturning a democratic election and the voters’ will as a result of he needs to remain in energy.
The lodge the place the Senate Majority Coverage Committee met is a few mile from the scene of Pickett’s Cost, the place Union troops repelled a determined Accomplice assault in July 1863. It helped flip the tide of the American Civil Battle towards the slave-owning South.
The Trump marketing campaign on Wednesday requested the U.S. third Circuit Court docket of Appeals for the prospect for Giuliani to present oral arguments in its attraction over the vote rely in Pennsylvania. The court docket has not but mentioned if it is going to hear arguments.
Trump marketing campaign aide Boris Epshteyn, who has been working along with his authorized group, is the newest particular person in Trump’s orbit to contract the coronavirus. He had attended a press convention with Giuliani in Washington final week throughout which Giuliani continued to lob meritless accusations of mass voter fraud, regardless of no proof to assist his claims.
Additionally in attendance was Giuliani’s son, who works on the White Home and introduced a day later that he had examined optimistic.
Giuliani wore a masks as he arrived on the listening to, however has not remoted, regardless of his publicity.
___ Scolforo reported from Harrisburg, Pa.
This story has been corrected to say that Biden received Pennsylvania by about 80,000 votes.