By Jack Phillips
President Donald Trump, in a series of Twitter posts, wrote that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is a winner “only in the eyes” of mainstream media outlets, signaling his desire to keep contesting the Nov. 3 election.
“He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!” Trump wrote on Sunday morning. “WE WILL WIN!” he said just minutes before. Both posts were labeled as “disputed” by Twitter.
Trump has several outstanding legal challenges in key battleground states, while there is speculation that he could invoke provisions in the 12th Amendment—using a relatively obscure measure that would allow the House of Representatives to invalidate some Electoral College votes, resulting in neither Biden nor Trump getting the required majority of 270 votes. Then, a contentious battle in the House and Senate would ensure, echoing the presidential election of 1876.
Numerous news outlets have declared Biden the winner. The Electoral College is the body that votes to determine the winner of a presidential election.
The president on Sunday again asserted that there was something amiss on Election Night and on Nov. 4 in several key states.
“All of the mechanical ‘glitches’ that took place on Election Night were really THEM getting caught trying to steal votes. They succeeded plenty, however, without getting caught. Mail-in elections are a sick joke!” he wrote. He also noted that in some places, GOP poll watchers were not allowed to observe, although both claims have been disputed by several secretaries of state.
Two GOP senators in Michigan, for example, have raised concerns about how vote counting was done on Nov. 3, noting that more than 100 people in Michigan alone came forward with sworn statements about possible fraud and irregularities.
They raised allegations about unsecured ballots arriving at the TCF Center in Detroit without a chain of custody and without any envelopes, saying it included a batch of about 40,000 ballots that came in early hours of Nov. 4, the day after Election Day. They also said there have been reports of “illegal and official intimidation and interference” with election observers and poll watchers, including harassment of challengers, unequal treatment of challengers, refusal to record the challengers’ claims, and removal of challengers “if they politely voiced a challenge.”
Trump on Sunday continued to rail against Dominion Voting Systems, which was used in several of the states where Biden is leading.
The vote was then “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,” he said.
Experts, politicians, and media have previously questioned the reliability of Dominion Voting Systems’ machines. The firm has denied several times to media outlets that its software and devices are not secure.
“Some of the most popular ballot-marking machines, made by Election Systems & Software and Dominion Voting Systems, register votes in bar codes that the human eye cannot decipher,” reported The Associated Press in February of this year.
However, it could pose a problem because “voters could end up with printouts that accurately spell out the names of the candidates they picked, but, because of a hack, the bar codes do not reflect those choices,” AP said, citing experts. “Because the bar codes are what’s tabulated, voters would never know that their ballots benefited another candidate,” the report stated.
“There are a huge number of reasons to reject today’s ballot-marking devices—except for limited use as assistive devices for those unable to mark a paper ballot themselves,” said Doug Jones, a University of Iowa computer scientist, in the AP report.
Dominion denied claims about vote-tampering or any software issues.
“Dominion Voting Systems categorically denies any claims about any vote switching or alleged software issues with our voting systems,” a Dominion spokesperson said in a statement to The Denver Post. “Our systems continue to reliably and accurately count ballots, and state and local election authorities have publicly confirmed the integrity of the process.”
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