Trump’s spokeswoman has announced that litigation against Joe Biden’s WH victory has only just begun.
“This election is not over,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a news conference. “Far from it.” She made a flurry of allegations of voter fraud without presenting any evidence for systemic rigging that might have influenced the outcome. US President Trump in office until mid-Jan 2021 has not conceded the race.
Biden and Trump
Since media projected the victory of Democrat after he bagged Pennsylvania, the President-elect has pushed ahead with his plans for White House. Trump on the other hand, on Monday, took to Twitter making unfounded claims of “unthinkable and illegal activity in the vote. The General Services Administration which oversees federal agencies has so far not allowed Democrat’s team to begin the transition, viewing there is no ascertained winner as of yet.
According to CBS News, Biden’s aides are considering their legal options if a smooth transition is halted by Trump administration. WH reporters have been saying that despite his reservations, the Republican is expected to begrudgingly depart from Presidency in January and is already planning to run for WH again in 2024.
Trump Campaign’s Allegation
Trump’s spokeswoman and a Republican bigwig in a news conference on Monday cited the claims of electoral corruption while calling on reporters to help probe the baseless claims. Fox News, once Trump’s favorite new channel moved away from the event on the account of unverified claims and lack of evidence.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” said presenter Neil Cavuto. “Unless she [McEnany] has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue to show you this.”
McEnany told reporters: “We have only begun the process of obtaining an accurate, honest vote count.”
She alleged that Republican polling observers were denied access to vote counts in city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, both Democratic as well as Republican poll watchers were kept 13 to 100 feet away from tables where the vote count was being held and local election officials said the distancing was crucial to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
McEnany also said the election officials in the state gave green signal to disproportionate number of Democrats to correct or cure wrongly filled-out ballots. According to the Inquirer, some Pennsylvania counties allowed voters to make such amends while others didn’t.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said they had gathered 131 affidavits or signed legal statements under oath in Michigan as a part of their probe into alleged irregularities in voting.
“If the shoe were on the other foot,” she said, “if it were this close the other way, if President Trump was in the lead in all these states, and the media would be screaming, ‘This isn’t over’.”
What is the Reaction form top Republicans?
Senior members of GOP have largely refrained from pressuring Trump to accept his defeat. Senate leader Mitch McConnel blasted Democrats on Monday over the issue.
“Let’s not have any lectures, no lectures,” the Kentucky senator said on the floor of the upper chamber, “about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election and who insinuated that this one would be illegitimate too if they lost again – only if they lost.”
He added: “The president has every right to look into allegations and to request recounts under the law and notably the Constitution gives no role in this process to wealthy media corporations.