Delivering what he called "the most important speech" of his presidency, President Donald Trump rebuked the "rigged" election, saying the system was under a "coordinated assault and siege."
"This colossal expansion of mail-in voting opened the flood gates to massive fraud," Trump said in his 46-minute address Wednesday, recorded in the White House Diplomatic Room.
"It's a widely know fact that the voting rolls are packed with people who are not lawfully eligible to vote, including those who are deceased, have moved out of their state, and even are non-citizens of our country.
"Beyond this the records are riddled with errors, wrong addresses, and many other issues. This is not disputed. It has never been disputed."
Trump, making the case for a "rigged election," stressed many of the following points:
- We have "an Election Day," but we were told months before the election to expect the ballot counting to take weeks, if not months.
- There appeared to be "an orchestrated effort to anoint a winner" despite votes still being counted.
- Democrats mailed out tens of millions of ballots, permitting "fraud and abuse on a scale never seen before," he claimed.
- Bloated voter rolls were used to send out ballots, he further asserted, despite reliance on names of the dead and on voters who had moved out of the specific voting districts.
- Using "the pandemic as a pretext," Democrats and courts overrode constitutional election law in some cases without the permission of the state legislatures.
- "Dozens of counties in key swing states have more registered voters on the rolls than they have voting age citizens, including 67 counties in Michigan," Trump said.
- "Wisconsin could not confirm the residency of more than 100,000 people," Trump said, adding they refused before the election to clean up the registrations. "I knew why: because they're illegal voters."
- Key battleground states, like Wisconsin, saw a "massive dump of votes" overnight, swinging the lead from Trump to his opponent. "Mostly [Joe] Biden, almost all Biden," Trump said. "I went from leading by a lot to losing by a little."
- Michigan had a dump of 149,772 votes overnight (6:31 a.m.), flipping Trump's lead to Biden, he maintained.
- He said hundreds of thousands of votes were unlawfully counted without meaningful observation, or no observation at all.
- He also described "tens of thousands" of voters who showed up to vote on Election Day but were told they had already voted by mail-in ballot, despite not having done so.
- Democrats ballot harvesting mass mail-in ballots, which is illegal in some states.
- Dominion Voting Systems, he said, has technology that can flip votes from one candidate to the other, which can go undetected without forensic examination. The company's CEO has denied these claims.
- "They called it a glitch," where 6,000 votes in Michigan were discovered to have been incorrectly flipped from Trump to Biden.
- Dominion Systems might have counted votes on overseas servers, which were vulnerable to hacking and fraud. The company has again denied these allegations.
- Republicans across the U.S. won and flipped many seats in states and the U.S. House, suggesting a massive GOP voter turnout that was not equally represented in the presidential election. "It is statistically impossible, the person that led the charge, me, lost," Trump said. "We led the country to victory and you are the only one that was lost. It's not possible."
- Lacking mail-in ballot signature verification that is unlawful.
- Recounts that are failing to check signatures and matching them with envelopes that have been separated from the ballots.
- Many people received multiple ballots from error-prone voter rolls.
- Dead voters have been found to have voted.
- Illegal votes cast in many battleground states.
"We're showing you hundreds of thousands," Trump said. "Far more than we need. Far more than the margin. Far more than the law requires. We can show many times what is necessary to win the state.
"The media knows this, but they don't want to report it. In fact, they outright refuse to even cover it, because they know the result if they do.
"Even what I am saying now will be demeaned and disparaged, but that's OK. I just keep on going forward."
"Their mail-in voting scam is the latest part of their four-year effort to overturn the results of the 2016 election, and it's been like living in Hell."
Separate from his lengthy list of alleged fraudulent acts, Trump took a moment to rip special counsel John Durham for moving too slowly.
Trump lamented that findings from Durham's investigation into potential FBI malfeasance in its probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 political cycle did not surface before the most recent election last month, effectively altering the course of the race.
"We caught them all," Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Room. "We're still waiting for a report from a man named Durham who I've never spoken to and never met. They can go after me before the election as much as they want, but unfortunately Mr. Durham didn't want to go after these people . . . before the election, so who knows if he'll ever even do a report."
Attorney General William Barr has granted Durham special counsel authority in his investigation of the investigators.
"If you look at the lies and leaks and illegal acts done by so many people," Trump insisted, "something should happen. The hardest thing I have to do is explain why nothing is happening to all of these people who got caught spying on my campaign."
But it was the fraud claims dominating the president's remarks, as he reemphasized his claim that the Nov. 3 election was "rigged." This, though AG Barr announced he has unearthed no proof of widespread voter fraud that would alter the outcome of the vote. Major news outlets have declared Biden winner, a conclusion Trump's legal team is challenging on the basis of those fraud claims.
(Though Newsmax has called several battleground states for Biden following official certification of their vote tallies, it has not yet called the overall election for either man, pending the outcome of the legal challenges.)
"This is not just about honoring the votes of 74 million Americans who voted for me," Trump said. "It's about ensuring that Americans can have faith in this election. And in all future elections."
His overarching claim: "This election is about great voter fraud, fraud that has never been seen like this before."
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