President Donald Trump on Thursday brushed off Attorney General William Barr’s announcement earlier this week that the Department of Justice has found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Trump also dug his heels deeper into his delusions about the election having been stolen.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the Associated Press on Monday.
On Thursday, Trump was asked by NBC’s Kristen Welker in the Oval Office to “respond to comments by the attorney general who indicated he has not seen at this point any evidence of fraud, enough to overturn the election results, and given that, why is now not the time to concede?”
Trump, who was not wearing a mask, served up a word salad of lies:
Well, he hasn’t done anything. So, he hasn’t looked. When he looks, he’ll see the kind of evidence that you’re seeing now in the Georgia Senate. You know they’re going through hearings right now in Georgia and they’re finding tremendous volumes, volumes! They haven’t looked very hard, which is a disappointment to be honest with you, because it’s massive fraud, whether you go to Wisconsin where we just filed a case, or Michigan, or if you look at what’s happening in Georgia, as an example, or Pennsylvania – if you look at Nevada, which is moving along very rapidly, or Arizona, you saw those numbers come out yesterday. We found massive fraud, and other states also.
Nothing the president said is true. None of it. But he was not finished.
“This is probably the most fraudulent election that anyone’s ever seen,” Trump added.
“Do you still have confidence in Bill Barr?” Welker asked.
“Ask me that in a number of weeks from now,” replied Trump. “They should be looking at all of this fraud. This is not civil. He [Barr] thought it was civil.”
Trump is referring to remarks Barr made on Tuesday regarding the Justice Department’s role in election disputes.
“There’s a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all, and people don’t like something they want the Department of Justice to come in and ‘investigate,’” said Barr. “Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct. They are not systemic allegations, and those have been run down; they are being run down. Some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up on.”
The fact is that Barr has “looked,” and he has found nothing.
The only criminal behavior is coming from Trump and his allies’ efforts to thwart democracy.
Trump is totally detached from reality:
This is not civil. This is criminal stuff. This is very bad criminal stuff. So I just say this. We went through an election. At 10:00 everybody said that was an easy victory for Trump. All of a sudden the votes started disappearing, miraculously disappearing. We found much of it. But we found far more votes than we need in almost all of these states, and I think I can say in all of these states far more votes than we need to win every one of them.
Electoral College: 306 (President-Elect Joe Biden), 232 (Trump)
National Popular Vote: 81,096,056 (Biden), 74,152,000 Trump)
The president lavished praise upon his legal team for doing an “unbelievable job,” even though every lawsuit (with the exception of one) they have filed has been tossed out, including by judges Trump appointed.
Trump then thanked the “74 plus million people who voted, which was the largest amount of people that a sitting president has ever had – 74 million plus, and because the level of loyalty, I’ve never seen anything like it. All over the country, they knew it was a fixed election,” Trump said. “It was a rigged election. They know it, and I appreciate their support.”
Unfortunately, that was not enough.
After his chat with reporters, Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz.
Forty-eight days until the inauguration.
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