The outgoing President continues to make unfounded claims about a ‘rigged’ election more than a month after the vote (Picture: Getty/EPA/Reuters)
Donald Trump claimed he would be a ‘very gracious’ loser as he hinted at leaving the White House.
The outgoing US President still kept up his baseless attacks on the ‘rigged’ election and claimed he would ‘still win it’ at a rally in Georgia yesterday – but said Republicans would take back the White House ‘in 2024’.
At Saturday’s event, he said: ‘We are all victims… the next great victory for our movement begins right here on January 5 and then we are going to win the back the White House, we are going to win it back. And we are going to take back the House in 2022 and then in 2024, and hopefully I won’t have to be a candidate, we are going to win back the White House again.’
Mr Trump, who was supposed to be campaigning for two Republican senators ahead of a crucial run off, focussed again on his own bid to reverse his loss to Mr Biden and again made baseless claims about ‘cheating’.
He added: ‘If I lost, I would be a very gracious loser… I would say “I lost”, and I would go to Florida and I would take it easy and I’d go around and I’d say “I did a good job”. But you can’t ever accept when they steal and rig and rob. You can’t accept it.’
In his first rally appearance since the loss after the November 3 presidential contest, Mr Trump urged the crowd to vote for Republican candidates in the Georgia runoff election on January 5, despite his unsubstantiated claims of significant electoral fraud in the state.
Mr Trump, who has declined to concede the election, again ranted about widespread fraud but provided no evidence to back up his claims. He said: ‘They (the Decmorats) cheated and they rigged our presidential election but we will still win it.’
Referring to the run off, he added: ‘And they’re going to try and rig this election too’, as the crowd chanted ‘Four More Years!’
The president repeated his attacks on Republicans who have refused to back his claims, including Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp. Earlier on Saturday, Mr Trump phoned Mr Kemp and pressured the governor on Twitter to do more to help him overturn the election results.
Mr Trump’s allegations of widespread voter fraud have been rejected by state and federal officials across the country, and his campaign’s numerous legal challenges have almost all failed.
Mr Biden was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in Georgia since 1992. Statewide recounts, including a painstaking review by hand of some 5 million ballots, revealed no significant irregularities.
The January runoffs pit two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, against well-funded Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, seeking to capture a state that has not elected a Democratic senator in 20 years.
The races will determine which party controls the Senate.
Democrats, who already have the majority in the House of Representatives, need to win both seats to control the Senate.
If Republicans win one seat, they will retain their majority and be able to block much of Biden’s legislative agenda.
Biden said he would visit Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates but did not give a timetable for his trip.
In a move unprecedented in modern U.S. history, the Trump team has tried to get Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states won by Mr Biden to set aside the results and declare Mr Trump the winner.
His Democratic rival won the election with 306 Electoral College votes – more than the 270 required – to Mr Trump’s 232. The Electoral College meets on December 14 to formalise the outcome.
Mr Trump told the rally that his challenge was headed to the Supreme Court ‘very shortly,’ despite legal experts saying it is unlikely.
The President said on Saturday that voters could and should refuse to accept what he called the ‘rigged’ presidential election results while also casting ballots for Mr Perdue and Mr Loeffler in the runoffs.
He said: ‘If you don’t vote, the socialists and the communists win.
‘We can fight for the presidency and fight to elect our two great senators, and we can do it at the same time.’
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