Trump falsely insists he won the US election, telling thousands of people gathered in Washington that the victory was ‘stolen’ from him.
President Donald Trump has said he will “never concede” as Congress prepares to meet to record and certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Clinging to the misconception that he won the US election, Trump insisted to a crowd of tens of thousands gathered Wednesday at the Ellipse near the White House that his “victory” had been ” stolen “by the Democrats.
“We don’t want to see our election victory stolen by the radical left Democrats, that’s what they are doing, and stolen by the fake media, that’s what they did and what they are doing,” Trump said Wednesday.
“We will never give up and never concede,” Trump said. “We will stop the flight.”
Trump then repeated his false theory that Vice President Mike Pence can block Biden’s victory in Wednesday’s joint session of Congress when he meets to count certified electoral votes and formalize Biden’s election.
“If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election,” Trump said.
“States want to vote again. States have been swindled, they have received false information and now they want it back.
“All Pence has to do is send him back to the States … and we become president, and you are the happiest people,” Trump added.
Pence, who will chair Wednesday’s joint session of Congress, has a strictly ceremonial role, in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.
Pence reportedly said this to Trump, but Trump continued to call Pence publicly, pressuring him to take what many electoral law experts consider to be illegal actions.
They argue that Pence does not have the constitutional or legal authority to expel voters who have been legally certified by the states. Even if Pence tried to follow Trump’s orders, any attempt would be overturned by a majority Democratic House and Senate where several Republicans have publicly stated that they will not support any effort to overturn the election results.
One of those Republicans, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who has spoken out against Trump for years, said Trump’s rhetoric to overturn the election had “dishonored the presidential office.”
“I am confident that we will proceed as the Constitution requires and tell our supporters the truth – whether or not they want to hear it,” Romney told reporters Wednesday morning, according to the Associated Press news agency.
“President Trump disrespected American voters, dishonored the electoral system and dishonored the presidential office,” Romney said.