Trump admits Biden won for the first time - then backtracks
- US president Donald Trump on Sunday for the first time seemingly admitted that he lost the 2020 presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden in a series of early morning tweets.
- "He won because the Election was Rigged," Trump wrote, referring to Biden.
- Since Biden was declared president-elect, Trump has not conceded to Biden and his administration has refused to cooperate with the Biden transition team.
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US president Donald Trump on Sunday for the first time seemingly admitted that he lost the 2020 presidential election in a tweetstorm, over a week after the race was formally called for President-elect Joe Biden.
In the unexpected personal revelation, Trump lambasted the election results on Twitter, saying said that Biden beat him because the process was compromised.
"He won because the Election was Rigged," he tweeted.
He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote 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! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
In his Sunday morning tweet, the president linked to a segment "Watters' World," the Fox News show hosted by Jesse Watters, where Watters criticised Biden's campaign and questioned how he could have beat the president.
"There's something that just doesn't feel right about this," Watters said in the segment. "Joe Biden didn't earn it, he didn't really even campaign. He thought was going to lose, you could see it. He ran a losing campaign. So 10 days after the election, how's he ahead?"
Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes, well above the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Trump earned 232 electoral votes.
Since Biden was declared president-elect, the Trump administration has so far refused to concede to Biden and has refused to cooperate with the Biden transition team. Trump's campaign team has issued a litany of lawsuits in a range of swing states to back up debunked claims of voter fraud, none of which have been successful in court.
For months, the president has criticised absentee and mail-in balloting, saying that the process was rife with fraud without providing any verifiable evidence to support his position.
Later on Sunday, Trump appeared to walk back his earlier tweets:
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
RIGGED ELECTION. WE WILL WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
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