President Donald Trump is expected to unleash a battalion of lawyers across the country to challenge a number of swing state election results where cloak-and-dagger ballot counting procedures are underway, in spite of favorable court rulings.
The president spoke publicly for the first time about election night on Thursday at a White House press briefing. He expressed confidence that he would ultimately be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election once the litigation process is over.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rallied behind the president Friday calling for “every legal vote” to be counted, insisting “all sides must get to observe the process.”
“Here’s how this must work in our great country. Every legal vote should be counted. Any illegally-submitted ballots must not. All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws & resolve disputes. That’s how Americans’ votes decide the result,” McConnell tweeted.
The president took a victory lap, highlighting the extraordinary achievements of Republicans at the ballot box. “As everybody saw, we won by historic numbers,” Trump said. “And they got it knowingly wrong. It’s so ridiculous and everybody knew it at the time. There is no blue wave that they predicted. They thought there was going to be a big blue wave. That was false. Instead, there was a big red wave and it’s been properly acknowledged by the media.”
The fate of the Republican Senate majority still hangs in the balance as Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) on Thursday fell below 50 percent of the vote against his Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff, which is under the threshold Georgia’s election law requires to avoid a run-off on Jan. 5. GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler also fell below the threshold and will face off against Democrat Raphael Warnock in January. Both Democratic challengers face long odds to wrest control of these seats from the sitting senators.
Trump bragged Thursday: “We kept the Senate, despite having twice as many seats to protect as Democrats. And really, and much more competitive states, we did a fantastic job with the Senate. I thinks we’re very proud of what’s happened there. They spent more on Senate races in South Carolina and Kentucky alone, two races and hundreds of millions of dollars against us. Opponents and major donors were Wall Street bankers and special interests. Our major donors were police officers, farmers, and everyday citizens. For the first time ever, we lost zero races in the house.
Republican women also made historic gains in the House of Representatives. Thirteen non-incumbent women are projected to win seats, breaking a 2010 record when 9 non-incumbent GOP women won House races.
“We won new seats, with many more on the way,” Trump told reporters. “This is also the year of the Republican woman. More Republican women were elected to Congress than ever before. That’s a great achievement. I won the largest share of nonwhite voters in — of any Republican, including historic numbers of Latino, African-American, Asian American, and Native American voters, the largest ever in our history. We grew our party by 4 million voters, the greatest turnout in Republican Party history. Democrats are the party of the big donors, the big media, the big tech it seems, and Republicans have become the party of the American worker, and that’s what happened.
He also bashed pollsters who incorrectly predicted a blue wave for a second presidential election in a row that failed to materialize. He berated them for boldly prognosticating that he would lose the election, accusing them of knowingly doing so to suppress the Republican vote.
“As everybody recognizes, media polling was election interference in the truest sense of that word, by powerful special interests. These really phony polls — I have to call them phony polls, fake polls, designed to create the illusion of momentum for Mr. Biden and diminish Republicans’ ability to raise funds. They were what’s called suppression polls. Everyone knows that now.
“We think there’s going to be a lot of litigation because we have so much evidence, so much proof, it’s going to end up perhaps at the highest court in the land, you’ll see,” he said. “We think there’ll be a lot of litigation, because we cannot have an election stolen like this.”
Races in several battleground states have still not been called as Democratic nominee Joe Biden took the lead in Georgia, with 99% reporting. Biden also too a narrow lead in Pennsylvania even though Trump was leading with more than half a million ballots on Tuesday night.
The president demanded that the ballot counting process be conducted with transparency, blaming electoral workers in precincts controlled by Democrats.
“We want every legal vote counted, and I want every legal vote counted,” he said. “We want openness and transparency — no secret count rooms, no mystery ballots, no illegal votes being cast after Election Day.”
He accused Democrats of “trying to steal an election, trying to rig an election,” by implementing mass mail-in ballot systems instead of focusing on in-person voting.
“Democrat officials never believed they could win this election honestly. I really believe that that’s why they did the mail-in ballots, where there is tremendous corruption and fraud going on,” Trump said.
He promised the over 60 million people who voted for him that he would not “allow corruption to steal” the election.
Defiant Democratic operatives continue to act with malevolence toward Republican observers, keeping them at a distance while hundreds of thousands of votes for Joe Biden are entered into the system without proper oversight.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us,” Trump said.
The president has criticized the Supreme Court decision that allowed ballots to be counted for up to three days after the election which opened the door for mail-in ballots to be added after election night.
“Our goal is to defend the integrity of the election. We will not allow the corruption to steal such an important election or any election for that matter,” he said.