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President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud as the reason for his loss in the election have been repeatedly disproved by other government officials.
The presidential election was the “most secure in American history” with no evidence of voter fraud, according to The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
However, Trump continues to refuse to accept defeat weeks after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election. The campaign has filed at least 17 lawsuits in various states, including six states that Biden won or is leading. Additionally, Trump took to Twitter to condemn the director of CISA, Christopher Krebs, ending the Tweet by announcing his termination.
Trump claimed that in the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan, poll watchers from his campaign were not permitted to view the vote counting. However, there is no evidence supporting this statement. In fact, in one situation where there was a Republican complaint about observer access to the counting of mail-in votes, Trump’s campaign lawyer, Jerome Marcus, admitted that there was a “non-zero number of people in the room” in reference to the Republican campaign observers.
Trump also claimed that Dominion Voting Systems deleted votes for Trump and changed them for Biden. A joint statement from Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees said “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.”
The Biden Campaign released a statement on the matter as well.
“Bipartisan election officials in the administration itself — and around the country — have made clear that Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud are categorically false,” said Biden spokesperson Mike Gwin. “Trump’s embarrassing refusal to accept that reality lays bare how baseless and desperate his flailing is.”
The statement also criticized Trump’s firing of Krebs for “telling the truth.”
However, despite the lack of evidence to suggest voter fraud, Trump continues to insist he won and is working to convince his supporters to stick by these claims. On Nov. 14, thousands of Trump supporters were crowded in the streets of Washington D.C. to insist Trump rightfully won the election.
Trump’s refusal to accept the election results is also raising national security concerns because so far, Biden has not be awarded the funding and agency resources usually provided to an incoming administration. Former president Barack Obama spoke about the claims of election fraud on a Sunday night CBS News; 60 Minutes.
“They appear to be motivated – in part because – the president doesn’t like to lose and never admits loss,” Obama said. “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. It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path.”