Increasingly isolated in the White House, President Trump on Wednesday released a lie-filled 46-minute video speech in which he spoke angrily about a “rigged” election even though his own attorney general and election officials across the board. the country have attested to its loss.
Mr Trump posted a short two-minute version of the speech on Twitter, recorded in the White House diplomatic room and delivered behind a lectern bearing the presidential seal, with a link to the full version on his Facebook page.
Saying that his remarks “are perhaps the most important speech I have ever given,” the president again refused to concede defeat in his reelection bid almost a month after election day. Instead, he repeated a long series of false claims about voter fraud, accusing Democrats of conspiring to steal the presidency.
Twitter quickly called the post “contested.” Facebook added a note that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who received nearly 81 million votes and 306 electoral votes, is the expected winner of the election.
The video, which a White House official said was recorded last week, was the in-person embodiment of Mr. Trump’s staccato tweets over the past three weeks: Lies about voting irregularities in swing states , democratic conspiracies, attacks on state officials. and signature checks.
The president’s rambling claims in the video were significantly denied on Tuesday, when Attorney General William P. Barr told The Associated Press that despite investigations by the Department of Justice and the FBI, “ to date, we did not see fraud on a scale that could have produced a different result in the election.
Mr Trump continued to rage over voting irregularities in the video, a day after a Republican election official in Georgia criticized him, claiming the president inspired violence and was responsible for a wave of death threats.
“Sir. Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language,” said Gabriel Sterling, head of voting systems in Georgia. “Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence.”
At the end of the video, Mr. Trump improbably described himself as the defender of the US electoral system, saying he was told that the most important achievement of his presidency would be to protect the integrity of the electoral system.
It was unclear why Mr. Trump waited until Wednesday to release the video. But he made it public after a series of reprimands from members of his own party who increasingly abandoned him as he clings to power by making baseless claims about electoral fraud that have been adamantly rejected.
The president’s legal team, led by his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, has lost dozens of lawsuits across the country while making far-fetched claims without any evidence to back them up.
Some of the president’s main Republican allies on Capitol Hill and elsewhere have urged him to move on in recent days. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, this week referred to the “new administration” that would take over next year, a clear signal to Mr. Trump that his term is drawing to a close.
Lawmakers on both sides have also signaled that they may be ready to challenge his veto threat on the military spending bill unless Congress removes a legal provision that offers protection against corporate liability. social media.
These social media platforms remain the President’s preferred method of disseminating false and misleading information. Within hours, his tweet had been “liked” by nearly 134,000 Twitter users and his Facebook video had been shared 93,000 times.