On the brink of probable electoral defeat, President Donald Trump has reiterated the dubious claims he has made for years: During this week’s presidential elections, the counting process in some states was rigged.
“This is the case when they are trying to steal the election,” Trump said Thursday night at the White House, as his position began to deteriorate in almost all key wavering states, where the main struggle between him and Biden unfolded. “They are trying to rig the election, and we we cannot allow this. “
The baseless claim that Tuesday’s election was rigged and that votes were “stolen” has drawn widespread condemnation from Democrats as well as many Republican politicians.
“The president’s speech last night worried me very much because he made very, very serious charges without any evidence,” Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said on CBS on Friday morning.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and an outspoken critic of Trump, said the president has the right to demand a recount and call for an investigation if supported by evidence, but he also said Trump was “wrong in saying that the elections were rigged, corrupted and stolen. “
Trump supporters, however, have defended the still struggling president, echoing his claims of vote rigging as Trump began to lag behind Biden in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
“President Trump won this election, so everyone listening, don’t be silent. Don’t be silent about it, ”House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Fox News.
The Brennan Justice Center defines electoral fraud as follows: You falsify an election by dropping a ballot into the ballot box even though you are not eligible to vote.
Electoral violations can take many forms. The Heritage Foundation has identified nine different types of election fraud. The most common type of such offense is the participation in the vote of people who do not have the right to vote, such as non-US citizens or convicted criminals.
Another common form of electoral fraud is forging absentee ballots or receiving and filling in ballots without the knowledge of a real voter.
After the 2016 elections, Trump claimed that his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, received 5 million illegal votes. But the election integrity commission he formed to investigate the case found no evidence of fraud and was later disbanded.
As counting is still ongoing in several states, the winner has not yet been officially announced. However, Biden received 253 of the 270 electoral votes required to be elected and is already close to winning Pennsylvania with 20 electoral votes. This will immediately make him a winner.
As Trump claims that vote counting was fraudulent and his supporters are taking to the streets to “stop the theft of votes,” experts warn of the possibility of violent civil unrest. This can happen if the election results are not quickly accepted by all parties.