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Lawyer Lin Wood says Donald Trump called to tell him he will ‘never concede’

Attorney Lin Wood, who has been filing suits seeking to overturn the vote in states Donald Trump lost, said Wednesday the president called him to promise he would ‘never concede’ the election.

Wood spoke at what was billed as a press conference in Georgia along with lawyer Sidney Powell, who spoke at an infamous Trump campaign press conference last month in Washington but who the campaign now says is not on the team. 

‘I spoke with him the other day he called me,’ Wood told a cheering crowd of supporters, telling of his chat with the president whose term expires next month.

‘He told me he knows he won this election. He said if I lost this election fair and square, I would concede. But he said, ‘Lin, I didn’t lose it. I won it,’ Wood said.

Attorney Lin Wood said at an event in Atlanta that President Trump called him and said he would never concede the election

‘He said to me with the conviction of the president of the United States I will never concede,’ Wood announced, to cheers.

‘Don’t you ver conceded Mr. President. You won this election,’ he told the crowd.

He spoke a day after a judge hearing Wood and Powell’s case in Wisconsin noted that they failed to get the permission of one of the named plaintiffs in the suit.

In remarks with the tenor of a fiery preacher, Wood riled up supporters and raised suspicions about two Republicans on the ballot for runoff elections next month in Georgia, Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.  

He called on them to call for the Georgia legislature to meet and appoint electors for Trump, rather than follow the state’s vote for President-elect Joe Biden. And he told Republicans not to support them unless they pledge to do the same.

President Trump has repeatedly called the election 'rigged' but has told reporters he would leave the White House if the the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden this month

President Trump has repeatedly called the election ‘rigged’ but has told reporters he would leave the White House if the the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden this month

Wood spoke with Sidney Powell, an attorney who spoke at an infamous Trump legal press conference in Washington last month

Wood spoke with Sidney Powell, an attorney who spoke at an infamous Trump legal press conference in Washington last month

Wood said Republicans should only back Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., if they demand the legislature in Georgia meet and send electors for Trump. Georgia went for Joe Biden, as a hand recount established

Wood said Republicans should only back Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., if they demand the legislature in Georgia meet and send electors for Trump. Georgia went for Joe Biden, as a hand recount established

Wood called for a ticket with Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell in 2024.  Powell is Flynn's attorney

Wood called for a ticket with Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell in 2024.  Powell is Flynn’s attorney

The two races will determine control of the Senate, with Republicans holding a 52 to 48 majority. 

‘If they do not do it … they have not earned your vote,’ he told the crowd. ‘Don’t you give it to them.’

‘Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election? For god’s sakes fix it,’ he said.

Election results confirmed by a hand recount had Joe Biden winning the race in Georgia, beating Trump by more than 12,000 votes. 

‘Thank God for President Donald Trump,’ said Wood. ‘He’s going to president of the United States for four more years. Watch it happen,’ he said.

‘We are the rock,’ invoking the Bible and invoked communism. ‘We’re going to slay Goliath, the communists, the liberals the phonies. Joe Biden will never set foot in the Oval Office of this country. It will not happen on our watch. Never gonna happen,’ he said.

He spoke on a day Biden’s lead ticked toward 81 million votes, with his percentage lead growing to 51 to 47 over Trump.

He also had harsh words for Attorney General Bill Barr, who said Tuesday there wasn’t enough evidence of voting fraud to overturn the election results.

‘You work for us, Attorney General Barr, he said. ‘Do your job! You tell the director of the FBI do your damn job!’ he said.

After Powell spoke, Wood asked the crowd: ‘How about Sidney Powell and Mike Flynn in 2024? They’ll fight for America.’

There are reports Trump could soon announce he will run in 2024.

Flynn on Wednesday tweeted out an article calling on Trump to impose martial law and have the military oversee a revote of the election.

Wood also described a conspiracy theory about voting machines, saying he voted in person but was angered to see his vote had connections to Venezuela, Canada, Barcelona, Frankfurt, and a ‘Chinese machine.’

Wood then demanded measures to secure elections like having voters confirm their identity by fingerprint. 

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Donald Trump says it’s a ‘very hard thing to concede’ election


President Donald Trump on Thursday said it’s ‘very hard thing to concede’ the election but admitted he would leave the White House for Joe Biden when the time came.

He wouldn’t say if he would attend his rival’s inauguration. 

‘It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud,’ Trump said at the White House.

But he said he would leave if the time came.

‘Certainly I will. And you know that,’ Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if he’ll leave on Inauguration Day in peaceful transition of power.

He took his first questions from the media since the election was held.  

In his 25 minute back-and-forth with the media, Trump reiterated unproven conspiracy theories about voting machines changing votes for him to vote for Biden, complained the election was ‘rigged’ and alleged Biden only got his record 80 million votes through ‘massive fraud.’ 

Trump is trying to over throw the election results by going to court in battleground states but his legal cases have been going no where. A hand recount in Georgia confirmed Biden’s win there and states have begun certifying results.

‘Time isn’t on our side,’ the president conceded. 

And when asked if he’d go to Biden’s inauguration on January 20th, Trump replied: ‘I don’t want to say that yet. I mean I know the answer, I’ll be honest, I know the answer, but I just don’t want to say it yet.’ 

And he said it would be a ‘mistake’ for the Election College to elect Biden when they meet on December 14.  

‘If they do they made a mistake,’ the president said. 

President Donald Trump on Thursday said it’s ‘very hard thing to concede’ the election but admitted he would leave the White House for Joe Biden when the time came

Trump wouldn't say if he would attend rival Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20th

Trump wouldn’t say if he would attend rival Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th

He warned that ‘a lot of things happening between now and January 20th’ and the election results have a ‘long way’ to go.

Trump repeated a conspiracy theory pushed by members of his legal team that votes from machines from Dominion Voting Systems lost votes for him or switched votes from him to Biden.

Dominion said there was no problem with their machines nor is there any evidence of what Trump alleges. 

‘We’re using computer equipment that can be hacked,’ he said. 

‘We’re like a third world country. We have machines that nobody knows what the hell they’re looking at. I mean you take a look at all the mistakes they made,’ he complained. 

‘This election was a fraud, just so you understand this election was a fraud,’ he said. 

He said there was proof of what he was talking about on the internet.

‘If you look, just take a look anywhere on the internet. You will see many, many people where they’re experimenting with this stupid machinery. Wherever you send it a certain way the votes go from Trump to Biden,’ Trump said. 

President Donald Trump on Thursday took his first questions from reporters after the election

President Donald Trump on Thursday took his first questions from reporters after the election

President Trump made his remarks after he spoke to U.S. troops for the Thanksgiving holiday

President Trump made his remarks after he spoke to U.S. troops for the Thanksgiving holiday

President Trump started his Thanksgiving with a round of golf

President Trump started his Thanksgiving with a round of golf

The president has refused to concede the election even as his legal cases challenging the results in battleground states have gone nowhere, his campaign has turned up no evidence of major voter fraud, and states have begun to certify Biden’s victory. 

‘I know one thing Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,’ he said.  ‘The only way he got 80 million votes is through massive fraud.’

The current tally of the popular votes stand at: 80,045,066 (51%) for Biden and 73,897,658 (47%) for Trump. Additionally, Biden has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.

The president spoke to reporters after he made a Thanksgiving teleconference call with troops serving overseas.

‘You have to really take a look at what’s going on. They’re finding tremendous discrepancies in the votes, and nobody believes those numbers those numbers are incorrect numbers,’ he said of the vote tallies.

He provided no evidence of his claim. State officials have said they’ve found no evidence of election fraud in the November contest. 

‘I thought I was going to win it, and essentially I did win it. It’s very very close, it’s very very close,’ he said. 

The election results are not close. Biden has 306 electoral votes and only needs 270 to win the presidency.  

He played coy when asked about his own Thanksgiving plans for his last one at the White House, saying he ‘can’t say what’s first or last.’ He added that it might be the ‘first one of a second term.’ 

And he criticized Biden for moving ahead in forming a new government. 

‘I think it’s not right he’s trying to pick a Cabinet,’ Trump said of Biden.  

He also refused to talk about the next presidential contest, which associates have said he’s considering running in.

‘I don’t want to talk to 2024 yet,’ he said.



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National Review slams Trump’s refusal to concede as a ‘bid for infamy’


Editors of the conservative National Review magazine have described Donald Trump’s refusal to concede as ‘a bid for infamy’ in an unusually harsh op-ed ridiculing the president.

As an increasing number of Republicans urge the president to respect the results of the democratic process, the editors, led by Rich Lowry, called on Trump to accept defeat with grace, for the good of the country.

They pointed out in an article on Friday that his legal challenges were going nowhere, and only served to embarrass the nation.

Thursday’s press conference at the RNC headquarters – which saw Rudy Giuliani drip with sweaty hair dye down his face and Sidney Powell claim that Venezuela, China and Cuba was involved in a plot to undermine the result – was described as ‘the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.’ 

Thursday’s press conference with Rudy Giuliani (pictured) was described as ‘outlandish’

Giuliani on Thursday staged a riveting press conference to make wild accusations of fraud

Giuliani on Thursday staged a riveting press conference to make wild accusations of fraud

Sidney Powell, who was dropped by the Trump legal team on Sunday, was mocked

Sidney Powell, who was dropped by the Trump legal team on Sunday, was mocked 

‘This is lawyering worthy of the comments section of Breitbart News,’ they wrote.

Powell was mocked for her suggestion that the election machines were deliberately switching votes.

‘An obvious question is why, if you can manipulate the vote count via machine, you’d need to bother with old-fashioned fraudulent ballots,’ they ask. 

The authors note that in Pennsylvania and Michigan, they have not been able to come up with evidence to suggest that enough ballots were altered to have an impact on the end result, with Biden having won the states by many thousands of votes.

‘Since courts generally won’t consider fraud claims that don’t involve enough votes to make a difference in an outcome, this is a major blow against the Trump litigation strategy,’ they write.

Donald Trump, seen on Sunday greeting supporters, is pursuing an aggressive legal strategy

Donald Trump, seen on Sunday greeting supporters, is pursuing an aggressive legal strategy

Trump on Sunday attended some of the G20 sessions, but then went to play golf

Trump on Sunday attended some of the G20 sessions, but then went to play golf

National Review’s editors say that they have ‘always taken voter fraud seriously,’ and hope that any ‘is exposed and prosecuted.’ 

‘But it’s important to recognize that the broad contours of the 2020 presidential vote make sense. 

‘At the RNC press conference, Giuliani made much of how the count switched against Trump after he established initial leads on Election Night in key states. 

‘Yet this was expected and a function of the fact that same-day ballots strongly favoring Republicans were counted first, and early votes strongly favoring Democrats were counted last.’ 

The authors conclude that Trump, in a desperate last roll of the dice, is hoping to prevent the certification of votes and stop the electoral college members from casting their votes to seal Biden’s victory.

‘This is a profoundly undemocratic gambit that, if it were to enjoy any success, would precipitate a major constitutional crisis,’ they write.

Georgia poll workers are seen November 7. Claims of widespread fraud have not been proven

Georgia poll workers are seen November 7. Claims of widespread fraud have not been proven

The magazine staff conclude by calling on Republicans to urge Trump to admit defeat and proceed with an orderly transition of power.

So far, the president has not shown any willingness to give up the White House.

Some aides and advisors, such as his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, are said to be telling him that the time is up. Others, such as Giuliani, are telling him to keep fighting.

Yet more are sidelined with COVID – among them Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, who were supposed to be heading up the legal team.

Biden is expected to unveil more key figures in his team this week, in a move which will only serve to darken Trump’s mood.

Trump has three weeks until December 14, when the electors will meet to officially declare the winner of the election. 



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Chris Christie says it’s time for Trump to concede


Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a prominent ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday it was time for him to concede the race to President-elect Joe Biden. 

‘Yes,’ he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s ‘This Week’ when asked if Trump should concede to Biden to enable the transition process to begin.  

‘And what’s happened here is quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment,’ Christie said. 

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, an ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that it was time for Trump to concede to President-elect Joe Biden

President Donald Trump, photographed Sunday at the White House before leaving for a game of golf, has refused to concede the election to Biden and instead continues to push legal challenges and conspiracy theories about widespread fraud

President Donald Trump, photographed Sunday at the White House before leaving for a game of golf, has refused to concede the election to Biden and instead continues to push legal challenges and conspiracy theories about widespread fraud 

Christie (left), seen in the White House briefing room with Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani (center) and the president, said he's come to the conclusion that the Trump legal team has no evidence of widespread voter fraud and called them a 'national embarrassment'

Christie (left), seen in the White House briefing room with Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani (center) and the president, said he’s come to the conclusion that the Trump legal team has no evidence of widespread voter fraud and called them a ‘national embarrassment’ 

Christie said the president has had access to the courts. 

‘If you’ve got evidence of fraud present it,’ he said. 

Christie argued that the evidence doesn’t exist.  

‘Sidney Powell accusing governor Brian Kemp of a crime on television, yet being unwilling to go on TV and defend and lay out the evidence that she supposedly has,’ he said referencing one of Trump’s lawyers, who appeared with Rudy Giuliani Thursday at the Republican National Committee and laid out a broad conspiracy involving China, Cuba, Communists and other boogeymen of the right.  

Kemp is the Republican governor of Georgia. 

Powell falsely claimed on Newsmax that Kemp was bribed by a Venezuelan-connected company, who used technology from the CIA, to rig the election allowing Trump to lose.  

‘This is outrageous conduct by any lawyer and notice George, they won’t go inside the courtroom. They allege fraud outside the courtroom but when they go inside the courtroom, they don’t plead fraud and  they don’t argue fraud,’ Christie pointed out to Stephanopoulos.  

Christie assured Stephopoulos and his co-panelists that he remained a Republican. 

‘Listen, I’ve been a supporter of the president, I voted for him twice, but elections have consequences,’ Christie said. ‘And we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen.’

He said he came to the same conclusion as Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson – that the ‘evidence doesn’t exist. 

On his Thursday night show, Carlson blasted Powell for never providing his show with any evidence of the widespread voter fraud that Trump has alleged for weeks following the election.   

The election was called in Biden’s favor by the major networks on Saturday, November 7. 

‘She never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one,’ Carlson said. 

Carlson said Trump’s attorney ‘got angry and told us to stop contacting her,’ when representatives from his show kept reaching out in order to have her provide evidence. 

Christie said it was ‘wrong’ for Trump not to concede – and to have his lawyers pushing conspiracy theories on TV. 

‘I think what you’ve heard is lots of Republicans starting to say this, I said it on election night and I hope more say it going forward because the country is what has to matter the most, as much as I’m a strong Republican, and I love my part, it’s the country that has to come first,’ Christie said. 

The night before, Sen. Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, issued a statement congratulating President-elect Biden, after the Trump campaign had exhausted their legal challenges in the Keystone State. 

Toomey urged Trump to ‘accept the outcome of the election.’  

 ‘With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,’ Toomey said. 



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The Rock Pulls A Trump & Refuses To Concede Sexist Man Alive Title To Michael B. Jordan


Much like Donald Trump is refusing to concede the Presidency to Joe Biden, The Rock has joked he won’t give up the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ title to Michael B. Jordan.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson won’t be going down without a fight. The A-lister has taken to Instagram to congratulate Michael B. Jordan on being named PEOPLE‘s Sexiest Man Alive and joked that he won’t be conceding the title he previously held — you can see the post here. “Fun talkin’ about “living each day to the fullest” in @people’s SEXIEST MAN ALIVE issue,” the Fast and the Furious star wrote, referencing his small spread in the magazine. “Congrats to my brother @michaelbjordan on the new sexy crown. I CONCEDE NOTHING.” He also added the hashtag “#2020” perhaps throwing some subtle shade at Donald Trump who is refusing to concede the Presidency.

Dwayne Johnson isn’t conceding the ‘World’s Sexiest Man’ title to Michael B. Jordan. Image: AP Images

While talking to the outlet, The Rock opened up about his home life in quarantine. “My favorite time of the day is before the sun rises and our babies are still sleeping. I can get great productive work done in my office, and of course I love when they call for me on the baby monitors—then it’s breakfast time!” he said. “That’s when the babies are asleep and it’s ’Netflix and chill’ time with me and Lauren [Hashian] and a glass of Teremana. I’ll say no more before I get in trouble.”

Nevertheless, it was Michael B. Jordan who was the star of the show, with the magazine’s cover declaring him “Dashing, Driven and Daring.” The Creed star told the publication, “It’s a cool feeling.You know, everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get.’ But it’s a good club to be a part of.” Previous title holders include Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and most recently John Legend.





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Twitter to hand @POTUS account to Joe Biden on Jan 20 even if Trump doesn’t concede


Los Angeles, November 21

Micro-blogging site Twitter will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden the moment he is sworn in on inauguration day on January 20, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss, the company has said.

The @POTUS account is the official account of the President of the United States and is separate from the @realDonaldTrump account that Trump uses to tweet.

Biden, 78, will be the 46th US President when he is sworn in.

The handover required no sharing of information between the outgoing Trump team and the incoming Biden team, Twitter said, adding that all existing tweets on those accounts would be archived and Twitter would transfer the accounts — reset to zero tweets — to the Biden White House that day.

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio told Politico in an email.

“As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration,” Pacilio said.

The same goes for @whitehouse, @VP, @FLOTUS, and a handful of other official accounts associated with the presidency, the report said on Friday.

Twitter also confirmed that staffers will meet with representatives from the Biden-Harris transition team in the coming months to review how the new administration plans to use its government-related accounts, The Hill reported.

The @POTUS account has more than 32 million followers and will provide Biden with another way to communicate with the public while in office.

Trump, the 45th US President, has so far refused to concede the November 3 presidential race to Biden, even though results released by election officials clearly give the race to the former US vice president.  He has filed multiple lawsuits challenging the poll results in several states.

Biden was declared the winner of the US presidential election on November 7 after flipping the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin to the Democrats’ column.

Biden now has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232 votes. To win the race to the White House, the successful candidate should have at least 270 electoral votes out of the 538-member Electoral College.

An archive of Obama’s @POTUS account can be found under the handle @POTUS44. PTI





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Kayleigh McEnany refuses to answer when Donald Trump will concede election


White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to say on Friday when President Donald Trump will concede the election to Joe Biden, arguing there is ongoing litigation the campaign is pursuing first.

‘There is ongoing litigation, what we know 74 million Americans have voted for this president and more votes than any president has gotten in history,’ she said at her first press briefing since October 1.

‘There are very real claims that the campaign are pursuing,’ she said of the campaign’s ongoing litigation in battleground states Biden won.

‘We are taking it day by day and we will wait for that litigation as it plays out,’ she noted. 

Biden received nearly 80 million votes and leads in the electoral college with 290 votes to Trump’s 232. States are in the process of certifying their results and the electoral college meets December 14 to certify the election.

McEnany argued the large number of mail-in ballots – more than 65 million Americans used that system of voting – raised questions about the results. 

‘This is a system that has never been tried in American history – mass mail-out voting – it’s one we have identified as being prone to fraud,’ she said.

Multiple studies have shown that there is very little voter fraud in mail-in voting and there have been no reports of major fraud this year. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to say when President Donald Trump will concede the election to Joe Biden

President Trump and his legal team are trying to overturn the election results

President Trump and his legal team are trying to overturn the election results

Trump’s legal team – led by Rudy Giuliani – has shown no evidence of mass voter fraud and most of their lawsuits have failed. Giuliani held a bizarre press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Thursday where he repeatedly argued he had proof of voter fraud but refused to show it. 

The president, meanwhile, continues to pursue every avenue available to try and stay in the White House.

He is meeting with Michigan Republicans – Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield – at the White House on Friday afternoon as part of his frantic, long shot attempt to overturn the results. 

The meeting isn’t on the president’s public schedule, which is not reflective of all his daily activities, but comes as Trump is said to be obsessed with figuring out a way to stay in the White House.  

McEnany declined to say what the president would speak to them about but did say it was not an ‘advocacy’ meeting.

‘They will be meeting later on. This is not an advocacy meeting. There will be no one from the campaign there. He routinely meets with lawmakers from all across the country,’ she said.

The president and his allies appear to be pursing the questionable legal theory that if the states don’t certify the election results, the Republican-controlled state legislatures can intervene and appoint pro-Trump electors in states Biden won. Those electors would cast their ballot for Trump when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14 – thereby handing him the presidency.

Election experts say there is no scenario in which this could happen and even some Republican lawmakers in those states have dismissed the idea.  

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, in her first press briefing since October 1, took few questions

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, in her first press briefing since October 1, took few questions

Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield has been called to the White House Friday by President Donald Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, also a Republican, also will be at the White House

Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, both Republicans, and visit Trump in the White House Friday

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, held a press conference on Thursday where he claimed evidence of voter fraud but refused to provide proof

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, held a press conference on Thursday where he claimed evidence of voter fraud but refused to provide proof 

McEnany also refused to address when the transition process may begin. The head of the General Services Administration has not signed off on the ascertainment process, which formally lets the Biden team contact the federal agencies.

‘GSA will make the determination at the right moment. Right now, there’s a constitutional process being played out there are questions being asked in court but the GSA will determine when ascertainment is reached,’ she said.

She claimed the White House was following all the legal requirements when it came to the transition process.

‘There was a presidential transition act that determines exactly what an administration needs to do in advance of an election and we have done everything statutorily required and we will continue to do that,’ she said.

McEnany ended her 15-minute briefing, her first in two months and in which she only took a few questions, with the false claim President Trump was not given an easy, early transition to power. 

‘I would note just as we talk about transfer of power in the election and its worth remembering, this president was never given an early transition of power. His presidency was never accepted,’ she said.

Then-President Barack Obama hosted Trump in the Oval Office on November 10 – two days after the 2016 presidential election – to congratulate him on his win and let the transition process begin.

Hillary Clinton also conceded the election to Trump.

But McEnany used her podium in the White House briefing room to relive a litany of complaints from this administration about their treatment.

She brought up the fact several Democrats skipped Trump’s inauguration ceremony; the counter intelligence investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign, when the FBI was probing Russia’s actions in that election; special counsel Robert Muller’s probe; and the impeachment process. 

‘Many sought to undermine him, discredit him, delegitimize him, and deny him his victory,’ she said. ‘There were no calls for unity or calls for healing.’

‘Let us not forget the unexcusable transition or lack thereof that President Trump had to endure in 2016 and for years into his presidency,’ she said closing out her briefing. 

Trump’s efforts are increasingly being seen as grasping at straws in his unlikely attempt to overturn Biden’s victory.

In Pennsylvania, his legal team suggested in a filing Wednesday that the judge order the Republican-led state legislature to pick delegates to the Electoral College in a bid to toss the state’s 20 electoral votes to Trump. A judge canceled an evidentiary hearing in the case.

In Arizona, the Republican Party is pressuring county officials to delay certifying results. The GOP lost a bid on Thursday to postpone certification in Maricopa County, the state’s biggest county. Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes, and Maricopa County put him over the top – making him the second Democrat in seven decades to carry the state. 



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Barack Obama warns that Donald Trump’s refusal to concede could be exploited by US adversaries


Barack Obama warned that Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential election is making the US look weak to adversaries as he urged his successor to accept defeat.  

In his first TV interview since the election, Obama spoke to Scott Pelley on a CBS 60 Minutes episode aired Sunday night and said it is ‘absolutely’ time for Trump to give up his fight for a second term.  

Asked what advice he would give to Trump, Obama said: ‘If you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing.’

 ‘A president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design,’ he continued. 

‘When your time is up then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments.’ 

Obama said he thinks Trump should have conceded within two days after the election, when it became clear that ‘Biden will have won handily’.  

‘There is no scenario in which any of those states would turn the other way, and certainly not enough to reverse the outcome of the election,’ he said, referring to states like Pennsylvania and Georgia where full counts were slow to come in. 

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Barack Obama warned that Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential election is making the US look weak to adversaries as he urged his successor to accept defeat during an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes aired on Sunday

Asked what advice he would give to Trump, Obama said: 'If you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it's time for you to do the same thing.' Trump is pictured at his golf club in Virginia on Sunday

Asked what advice he would give to Trump, Obama said: ‘If you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing.’ Trump is pictured at his golf club in Virginia on Sunday 

Obama said he fears that the chaotic White House transition will have implications far beyond the US, affecting relations with Russia and China.  

‘I think our adversaries have seen us weakened, not just as a consequence of this election, but over the last several years,’ he said. 

‘We have these cleavages in the body politic that they’re convinced they can exploit.’ 

Pelley then brought up Obama’s new book, The Promised Land, in which he wrote: ‘Our democracy seems to be teetering on the brink of a crisis.’

Explaining what he meant by that line, Obama criticized Trump further, saying: ‘We have gone through a presidency that disregarded a whole host of basic institutional norms, expectations we had for a president that had been observed by Republicans and Democrats previously.

‘Maybe most importantly, and most disconcertingly, what we’ve seen is what some people call truth decay, something that’s been accelerated by outgoing President Trump, the sense that not only do we not have to tell the truth, but the truth doesn’t even matter.’ 

Pelley used that as a segue to ask for Obama’s take on Trump’s unfounded allegations about voter fraud and Democrats ‘stealing’ the election. 

‘They appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn’t like to lose and never admits loss,’ Obama said.    

Obama said Trump's unfounded allegations about voter fraud 'appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn't like to lose and never admits loss'

Obama said Trump’s unfounded allegations about voter fraud ‘appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn’t like to lose and never admits loss’ 

Obama said his former VP Biden will be tasked with rebuilding America's trust in the truth

Obama said his former VP Biden will be tasked with rebuilding America’s trust in the truth

He then hit out at members of the Republican Party who have stood by Trump and helped advance his conspiracy theories instead of facilitating a productive transition.  

‘I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion,’ he said.  

‘It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path.’

He continued: ‘We would never accept that out of our own kids behaving that way if they lost, right? I mean, if my daughters, in any kinda competition, pouted and then accused the other side of cheating when they lost, when there was no evidence of it, we’d scold ’em.

‘I think that there has been this sense over the last several years that literally anything goes and is justified in order to get power.’

He then appeared to compare Trump to a dictator, saying: ‘There are strong men and dictators around the world who think that: “I can do anything to stay in power. I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists.” 

‘But that’s not who we’re supposed to be. And one of the signals I think that Joe Biden needs to send to the world is that: “No, those values that we preached, and we believed in, and subscribed in – we still believe.”‘

Obama said he isn’t sure what will happen when inauguration day arrives in January but said he is hopeful that Trump will follow tradition and welcome Biden just as he was welcomed by Obama in 2017. 

Obama said he isn't sure what will happen when inauguration day arrives in January but said he is hopeful that Trump will follow tradition and welcome Biden just as he was welcomed by Obama in 2017 (pictured)

Obama said he isn’t sure what will happen when inauguration day arrives in January but said he is hopeful that Trump will follow tradition and welcome Biden just as he was welcomed by Obama in 2017 (pictured)

In the past several months Trump has publicly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. 

Prior to the election, he merely said it wasn’t an issue because he was sure he would win. And in the days since Biden was declared the winner by the media on November 7, Trump has continued to insist that the election is not over.  

Trump admitted for the first time that Biden won the election in a tweet on Sunday morning – but quickly clarified that he still believes he is the rightful winner and the election was ‘stolen’ by Democrats.  

‘He won because the Election was Rigged,’ Trump tweeted.

‘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!’

His lawyer Rudy Giuliani explained the tweet on the Fox News show Sunday Morning Futures. When asked by host Maria Bartiromo asked if the tweet was a concession, Giuliani said: ‘No, far from it.’

‘What he’s saying is more, I guess, you would call it sarcastic, or a comment on the terrible times in which we live, in which the media has said he won, but by going on to point out that it was illegal,’ Giuliani continued. ‘Obviously, he’s contesting it vigorously in the courts.’ 

Trump also assured that he is not conceding in a second tweet.  

‘He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING!’ he wrote. 

‘We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!’  

Giuliani likewise said that the election will be overturned, as he asserted to Bartiromo that there is vast evidence that the machines used for counting ballots were rigged for Biden and deleted Trump’s votes.

‘Beyond this election, which I believe will get overturned – but, beyond this election, this whole thing has to be investigated as a national security matter,’ he said.  

President Trump tweeted for the first time Sunday that Biden won the election more than week after it was called for the Democrat by most major media outlets

President Trump tweeted for the first time Sunday that Biden won the election more than week after it was called for the Democrat by most major media outlets

Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, said Sunday on Fox News that Trump was being 'sarcastic' when he said via Twitter that Biden had won the election

Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, said Sunday on Fox News that Trump was being ‘sarcastic’ when he said via Twitter that Biden had won the election

During his 60 Minutes interview Obama addressed several of the contentious issues faced by the Trump administration, including fevered protests against racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Obama said he watched the ‘heartbreaking’ video of George Floyd’s death that sparked nationwide unrest over the summer, calling it ‘a moment in which America came face to face with a reality that African Americans in this country I think had understood for quite some time’.

‘I was heartened and inspired by the galvanizing effect that it had on the country as a whole,’ he said. ‘It was a small first step in the kind of reckoning with our past and our present that so often we avoid.’ 

On the pandemic, Obama recalled how his administration was faced with a similar threat back in 2009 when H1N1, dubbed the Swine Flu, reached the US, rather than directly criticizing Trump’s handling of COVID-19. 

‘I was terrified of [H1N1] and very quickly mobilized a team to figure out: “How are we gonna take the best possible approach?”‘ Obama said. 

'A Promised Land' is out on November 17

‘A Promised Land’ is out on November 17

‘From the start, I had some very clear criteria which it was, number one, we’re gonna follow the science. And the second thing was: “Let’s make sure we’re providing good information to the American people.”‘

Trump has faced staunch criticism over his perceived dismissal of experts and refusal to acknowledge the dire threat posed by the virus, which has infected more than 11 million Americans and killed more than 246,000 to date. 

On a more personal note, Pelley brought up the portion of Obama’s book where he opened up about his wife Michelle’s adverse reaction to his presidential aspirations.

‘The answer is no. I do not want you running for president. God, Barack, when is it going to be enough?’ Obama quoted his wife as saying before she stormed out of the room. 

Asked why he didn’t give up his bid for the White House, Obama explained how he looked inward and asked himself if he was running for the right reasons or if it was just ‘vanity’. 

He said Michelle ultimately decided that she shouldn’t stand in the way of her husband’s goal – and that he is still grateful for that to this day.  

‘The fact that she put up with it and forgave me is—was an act of grace that I am grateful for and I’m not sure I deserved it,’ he said. 

Obama also gave Pelley a sneak peak at the presidential center he’s building on Chicago’s South Side – where he and Michelle met. 

‘It’s gonna be a place where, you know, we have the standard model Oval Office, and Michelle’s dresses, which will be very popular no doubt,’ Obama said. 

‘But also, you know, a whole host of facilities that allow us to provide classroom training to young people who are interested in public service, and to beautify a park that can serve a whole bunch of young people who’ve been underserved in the past.’

Obama also gave Pelley a sneak peak at the presidential center he's building on Chicago's South Side - where he and Michelle met

Obama also gave Pelley a sneak peak at the presidential center he’s building on Chicago’s South Side – where he and Michelle met



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Trump appears to acknowledge Biden’s win, but says won’t concede


Washington, November 15

For the first time, President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to grudgingly acknowledge that his Democratic rival Joe Biden won the closely-fought race for the White House, but indicated that he would not concede and would keep trying to challenge the “rigged” election outcome.

The Republican president’s declaration comes as he and his administration continue to accuse Democrats of election fraud without evidence and impede the transition.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

Unlike in India where election results are declared by the Election Commission, the results of the presidential elections are certified by each of the 50 states separately which takes weeks.

Based on the trends and unofficial results, news media outlets traditionally declare the results of the presidential elections, which sets the transition process.

As per latest count of the electoral college votes coming from all the 50 states, Biden has 306 of the 538 electoral college votes, which is well above the halfway mark of 270.

Trump, who has 232 electoral college votes, has challenged the election results in various states including Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, Georgia and Arizona. He had demanded a recount in Wisconsin.

In all these states, he alleged there were massive voters’ fraud and electoral malpractice. News media outlets and officials of these states have said that there is no evidence of large-scale fraud.

“He (Biden) 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 said in another tweet.

Trump, 74, has refused to concede the election. The transition team of Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris says that the Trump administration is not cooperating with them in transition.

“RIGGED ELECTION. WE WILL WIN!” said Trump in another tweet.

On Thursday, US election officials said the 2020 presidential election was the “most secure in American history”, rejecting President Trump’s fraud claims.

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” said the Election Infrastructure Government Co-ordinating Council—which is made up of senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the US Election Assistance Commission as well as state-level officials who oversee elections and representatives of the voting machine industry.

Twitter flagged most of his tweets saying that his claim about the election fraud is disputed. Trump has a record of 88.9 million followers on Twitter.

“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!” said the president.

In another tweet, Trump alleged that the ongoing recount in Georgia is a scam. 

“Doing a great job in Georgia. Their recount is a scam, means nothing. Must see fraudulent signatures which are prohibited by the stupidly signed and unconstitutional consent decree,” Trump alleged. PTI





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Why would Trump concede defeat in the election after January 5? | The State


President Trump insists on his conspiracy theories.

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President Donald Trump and other elected officials of the Republican Party are reluctant to acknowledge Joe Biden’s triumph in the presidential election in order to plan their strategy to maintain control of the Senate.

This is what a New York Times report concludes on the time it has taken Trump to award Biden victory.

The president’s allegations of electoral fraud are unfounded, but would serve to keep the Republican electorate alive in Georgia, where the two Senate elections went into a second round, to be held on January 5.

“We need your voters,” the senator told reporters on Wednesday. John Thune (South Dakota). “Right now he is trying to go through the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there. But when all is said and done, be that as it may, we want it to help in Georgia.

Right now the Republicans are in control with 50 seats to 48 of the Democrats. If the latter manage to win on January 5, things would remain the same, so the tiebreakers in the voting of the legislation would remain in the hands of the person who occupies the vice presidency, who by the results of the elections would be Kamala Harris. Republicans want to avoid that scenario at all costs.

In the November 3 elections, Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffle appeared above the Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, but none reached 50% of the vote. State law requires a second round.

Democrats have started raising money to boost campaigns for Ossoff and Warnock. Biden’s victory helps them as the electorate knows the importance of having the Senate in favor.

In this way Georgia becomes the battlefield of American politics,

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