United States: President Trump Admits Defeat at November 3 in Sunday Tweetstorm, Recants in Another

The US General Elections happened three weeks ago, but the results have remained contentious with the incumbent still contesting the conduct of the poll in several states. In an outing Friday November 3, President Donald Trump talked about the imminent distribution of a new vaccine against the rampaging Coronavirus but said nothing about the election. He simply insinuated that he was uncertain which administration would be in place by the time the vaccine distribution begins in February or April 2021.

In a Tweetstorm Sunday morning, the President admitted for the first time that he had lost the Presidential Election but went on to blame his loss on rigging. In the said tweet, Mr. Trump did not as much as refer to his opponent by name, but equally blamed “…the Fake & Silent Media, & more!”.

“He won because the Election was Rigged. 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!”, the President tweeted.

This tweet went viral and was reported on several news outlets as a coy concession of defeat by Mr. Trump. It was interpreted in several ways, with the most prevalent being that reality was beginning to get the better part of the President to the fact that he had lost the election and there was nothing to do about it. Some pundits even went as far as speculating that the President could formally concede in the days ahead.

These reports and interpretations appeared to anger Mr. Trump who was on his way to play golf in Virginia. This could be why barely two hours after the morning tweetstorm, he returned at 9:19 am and tweeted that: “He won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”.

Twitter flagged both tweets by the President alleging election rigging, stating under them that: “This claim about election fraud is disputed”. Mr. Trump has seen a majority, if not all his tweets alleging voter fraud systematically flagged, but the move appears not to deter him and his supporters in any way.

The Trump campaign has been pursuing the legal channels in attempts to secure a second mandate for the President. The efforts have, however, known mixed fortunes in the various states, with the campaign dropping the challenge in Arizona. In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign suffered six losses in courts where the evidence presented to back vote-rigging allegations were deemed not strong enough. In one instance, a judge granted that some votes be dropped out of the count because the Secretary of State had no authority to extend the deadline by which those who cast them could bring in documentary backing for identity verification. In Georgia, a recount is underway, though the Trump Campaign is already crying foul that the Republicans do not have enough representation at the counting sites. The State of Georgia is run by a Republican Governor and the vote recount is being overseen by a Republican Secretary of State.

 

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and President-Elect Joe Biden have mostly remained focused on preparing the transition that matures on January 20, 2021 (C) Star Tribune

While the bickering about “massive rigging” continues, the efforts of President-elect Joe Biden to prepare a smooth transition appear unhinged. World leaders have continued to pour in messages of congratulation to Mr. Biden and Senator Kamala Harris. To put the icing on the cake, the Intelligence Community under the Trump Administration told the press Thursday that the November 3 elections were the most secure from fraud of any type, in US history.