- Donald Trump Jr urged his father to ‘fight to the death’ over the election as he continued to cast doubt on the election process on Thursday
- The president’s eldest son echoed his dad’s unfounded claims of voter fraud as he spoke at the Georgia Republican Party Headquarters in Atlanta
- He accused Democrats of flouting voting deadlines by continuing to accept ‘boxes’ of ballots that were not submitted in time
Donald Trump son called on his father to ‘fight to the death’ over the presidential election as he echoed his unfounded claims of voter fraud and cheating after Trump’s leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia slipped further.
The president’s eldest son made the comments on Thursday as he spoke at a news conference at the Georgia Republican Party Headquarters in Atlanta.
‘I think the number one thing Donald Trump can do in this election is fight each and every one of these battles to the death so that we get full transparency in the process,’ Don Jr said. ‘And everyone on the Democrat side should welcome this unless they are actually cheating.’ Don Jr claims voter fraud in Georgia is because Donald Trump Jr gestures as he speaks during a news conference at Georgia Republican Party headquarters Thursday
Don Jr cast doubt on the counting process, accusing Democrats of ignoring election deadlines, claiming boxes of invalid ballots ‘magically’ appeared in Democratic states and counties after voting had ended.
‘We know that’s against the law, but you get in front of a Democrat judge in a Democrat city with Democrat control and it’s okay,’ he said.
‘I think the Democrats are used to this from a Republican party that hasn’t had a backbone – you’re not going to see that this time around,’ he added, prompting cheers from the crowd.
He also claimed it was a ‘statistical impossibility’ for Trump not to receive a single vote in certain counties where up to 123,000 ballots were all counted in Joe Biden’s favor.
‘Does anyone believe that this is possible?’ he asked, drawing a resounding ‘no’ from the crowd.
‘Because it’s not, it’s a statistical impossibility. It’s happened not just once, it’s happened over and over again.’
‘Americans need to know that this is not a banana republic and right now very few people have faith that’s not the case,’ he added.
Don Jr made similar comments in a tweet earlier in the evening, in which he said his father should ‘go to total war’ and ‘expose all of the fraud that has been going on for far too long.’
Don Jr made similar comments in a tweet earlier Thursday evening, in which he said he father should ‘go to total war’ and ‘expose all of the fraud, cheating that has been going on for far too long
The tweet was quickly flagged by Twitter for containing ‘misleading content about an election or other civic process
The tweet was quickly flagged by Twitter for containing ‘misleading content about an election or other civic process.’
He then responded to the warning label in a follow up tweet saying: ‘Twitter is censoring and flagging this of course why would we not want to find out if these things exist?
‘If they don’t then we will find nothing and people could maybe regain some faith in the process which doesn’t exist now. Why would they be against finding potential fraud?’
His comments came just moments after President Trump called the entire election process into question in an extraordinary White House statement that was cut off by at least seven television networks.
Trump claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy by ‘big media, big money and big tech,’ for ‘historic election interference.’
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He claimed that if all ‘legal votes’ were counted he would win the presidential election as he charged Democrats with trying to steal the contest ‘corruptly’.
He spoke for 17 minutes from the podium in the briefing room, largely reading from a script, listing his grievances at Joe Biden’s campaign, ‘suppression polls’ and ‘fraud.’
Trump’s condemnation of the entire democratic system and his growing list of enemies was switched off rapidly by TV network after TV network.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams said as they turned away less than a minute in: ‘Here we go again.’
CNN was among the few channels to air the president’s full speech, after which Anderson Cooper said Trump was ‘like an obese turtle flailing in the sun.’
‘That is the President of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world and we see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun realizing his time is over,’ Cooper said on air.
‘But he just hasn’t accepted it and he wants to take everybody down with him, including this country.’
Republicans also turned on him within minutes with Larry Hogan, the Maryland governor, saying: ‘There is no defense. No person or election is more important than our democracy.’ GOP rep Adam Klinzinger called it ‘insane.’
Joe Biden tweeted a rebuke shortly after he finished saying: ‘No one is going to take our democracy away from us.
‘Not now, not ever. America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.’
Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania is slipping and in Georgia too Biden is creeping up on him, while Biden remains ahead in Nevada and Arizona.
Biden needs only Pennsylvania to win, taking him to 273 electoral college votes, or Nevada and Arizona, taking him to 270. In contrast Trump would need to secure North Carolina, Arizona and Pennsylvania to secure 271.
Trump had not been seen for more than 36 hours after appearing in the White House East Room at 2.30am on Wednesday morning in front of cheering fans in MAGA hats to claim then that he had ‘won.’
But he spoke after Biden asked Americans to be patient and calm as they waited for the final ballots in the presidential race to be counted – amid mounting anxiety over the long wait for results, and concern about public order