President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden, but has so far refused to allow the presidential race and ordered White House officials not to participate in the transition. He has continued to advance conspiracy theories and various falsehoods through his social media accounts and continues to claim that despite all evidence to the contrary, the election was stolen from him.
The president continued that pattern this morning when he claimed, without evidence, that "radical left Democrats working with their partner, the fake news media, are trying to steal this election."
"We won't let her!" the president added.
The radical left Democrats are trying to steal this election in collaboration with their partner, the Fake News Media. We won't let her!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
Despite the President's claims, there is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud in any state. There is also no evidence of a conspiracy between Democrats and media conglomerates to "steal" the elections. However, there is evidence that the president's fraud allegations are actually a ploy to fill his pockets.
The Trump campaign has continued to send out a series of emails asking its supporters to donate money for an "election defense fund" to contest the result of the 2020 race. However, the fine print shows that much of the money donated to support this fund will be used to pay off campaign debt. Money is also channeled to the Republican National Committee and Save America, a political action committee recently set up by the president himself.
“This is a slush fund. That's the bottom line, "Paul S. Ryan, a campaign finance attorney with the good government group Common Cause, told Politico last week. "Trump may further elaborate this unfounded litigation to rid his own backers of their money and use it in the years to come to improve his own lifestyle while teasing a 2024 candidacy."
Trump hit the headlines yesterday by suggesting that Biden won because the election had been "rigged" and continued despite unfounded allegations of electoral fraud a joint Explanation The Government's Electoral Infrastructure Coordinating Council and Electoral Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Committees noted that "no evidence has been found that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or compromised in any way". The statement described the 2020 general election as "the safest in American history".
Alan is a New York based writer, editor, and news junkie.