President Donald Trump phoned in to lawyer Rudy Giuliani during a Pennsylvania hearing-style event Wednesday in order to claim ‘we won this election’ and that the election ‘has to be turned around.’
‘This election as rigged and we can’t let that happen,’ Trump said, even after Michigan and Pennsylvania certified the vote and his own administration issued a letter allowing the transition to President-elect Joe Biden to begin.
‘This was an election that we won easily. We won it by a lot,’ Trump claimed, while trailing Biden by about 6 million votes.
‘Why wouldn’t they overturn an election? Certainly overturn it in your state,’ he said in his call, which was played for an audience in Pennsylvania and carried on livestreams and on some cable channels.
He made a surprise phone call to a hearing underway in Gettysburg. His lawyer Jenna Ellis patched him through by holding her own iPhone up to a microphone next to Giuliani.
Just like his call-ins to cable news, Trump mused about what he saw on TV and vented.
He said a ‘big energy official was on this morning on an important show’ who ‘said there’s no way trump didn’t win Pennsylvania because the energy industry was all for him.
‘This election as rigged and we can’t let that happen,’ he claimed, despite a top homeland official saying it was among the most secure he had witnessed before being pushed out of his job.
‘This election has to be turned around. We won pa by a lot and we won all of these swing states by a lot,’ Trump said, while attendees and his counsel listened.
‘We got 11 million votes more than we had four years ago in 2016 And we got many more votes than Ronald Reagan had when he won 49 states,’ Trump said, pointing to an election forty years ago when the population was considerably smaller.
‘It would be easy for me to say oh, let’s worry about four years from now,’ he said, referencing talk he may run again.
After a push for state legislators to try to overturn the result in Michigan and Pennsylvania, Trump appeared to put his faith in the courts.
‘All we need is to have some judge listen to it properly,’ he said.
The call came hours after Trump pulled the plug on a plan to travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Wednesday to hear lawyer Rudy Giuliani stitch together claims of voter fraud at a Republican hearing.
White House reporters were preparing to make the journey to the historic town when they suddenly got word that the trip was off.
Just minutes earlier, yet another members of Trump’s legal team, Boris Epshteyn, revealed he had tested positive for COVID-10.
Epshteyn had been at Republican National Committee headquarters for a bizarre press conference last Thursday that included Giuliani, Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, and attorney Sidney Powell, who the Trump camp now says is not part of its legal effort.
Epshteyn, a campaign advisor who worked briefly in the administration, posted on Twitter: ‘I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including quarantining and contact tracing.
According to a pool report from reporters designated to follow the president Wednesday: ‘The traveling pool was getting ready to leave for Pennsylvania but was told at the last minute that their trip has been canceled.’ That report came at 10:50 AM, about 40 minutes after Epshteyn’s tweet.
A follow-on report stated: ‘There was never a trip on the president’s schedule. Still no public events on POTUS schedule.’
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Source: Daily Mail