Caption: President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Donald Trump has told a baying crowd of fans that he will ‘never concede’ the presidential election to Joe Biden. The President of the United States addressed supporters at a rally in Washington DC on Wednesday, saying: ‘We will never give up, we will never concede when there’s theft involved.’
‘Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.’ President Trump also repeated his call for Mike Pence to overturn Joe Biden’s win at a certification ceremony set to take place at the US Congress on Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday’s rally was organized by Trump supporters to try and pressure Pence into throwing out the result at the certification. Trump said: ‘I hope Mike is going to do the right thing; I hope so. If Mike Pence does the right thing then we win the election.
‘Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us and if he doesn’t that will be a sad day for our country. Because you’re sworn to uphold our Constitution. Referring to Biden, he added: ‘We are going to have somebody who should not be in there, and our country is going to be destroyed.’
President Trump said he thought it would be ‘easy’ to win a second term in office, and hailed his pre-Covid economic achievements.
He went on to call for states to be allowed to re-vote in the election, just hours before Congress meets to officially count and certify electoral college votes that handed Joe Biden his comfortable victory.
Trump appearance is widely-believed to be intended to try and pressure Vice President Pence into overturning Biden’s win. But Pence himself is said to have told Trump that the US Constitution does not grant him the power to do anything other than count and oversee during Wednesday’s ceremony.
Trump has refused to recognize Biden’s win, which was called by official forecasters in November, and verified by the electoral college last month.
Wednesday’s certification is likely to be stalled by objections from Trump-supporting congressmen and women, which should trigger a debate and vote on whether to throw Biden’s win out.
That is unlikely to happen, although the president-elect’s team has drafted in lawyers to handle any such upset.
He has made repeated claims about thousands of votes for his rival suddenly appearing in states he’d won in 2016, including Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Trump has also claimed voting machines were rigged in favor of his rival. His legal team’s challenges have so-far failed, with the president vowing to present more evidence proving his allegations at Tuesday’s rally.
The president is widely believed to have lost because of his handling of the Covid pandemic, which has now infected more than 21million Americans, and killed close to 360,000.
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