The speech, which was broadcast on Facebook Live, was nothing but 46 minutes of nonsense from the president and further claims that he won the 2020 election which he quite clearly did not. Joe Biden won the election by seven million votes and will be the president on 20 January, 2021.
Despite this Trump is still insisting that Biden won the election unfairly and has produced an almost endless stream of conspiracy theories, all of which are untrue, and legal cases, many of which have been dismissed by the courts. Even some of the recounts that have happened have failed to reverse the results in Trump’s favour.
However, he perseveres and his latest speech might have just been his most unhinged on this particular subject to date.
As mentioned, Trump called this his ‘most important speech ever’ before claiming that the recent election was a ’ridiculous period of time’ and he is attempting to defend the laws of the US constitution.
“We used to have what was called, election day. Now we have election days, weeks, and months, and lots of bad things happened during this ridiculous period of time, especially when you have to prove almost nothing to exercise our greatest privilege, the right to vote. As President, I have no higher duty than to defend the laws and the Constitution of the United States. That is why I am determined to protect our election system, which is now under coordinated assault and siege.”
Trump added to this by claiming, without evidence, that the Democrats engineered the election for a Biden win. “My opponent was told to stay away from the election, don’t campaign.
‘We don’t need you. We’ve got it. This election is done.’ In fact, they were acting like they already knew what the outcome was going to be. They had it covered and perhaps they did, very sadly for our country. It was all very, very strange. Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner even while many key states were still being counted.”
Trump claims that the Democrats used the Covid-19 pandemic to orchestrate their plan and that mail-in ballots had no safeguards whatsoever.
"While it has long been understood that the Democrat political machine engages in voter fraud from Detroit to Philadelphia, to Milwaukee, Atlanta, so many other places. What changed this year was the Democrat party’s relentless push to print and mail out tens of millions of ballots sent to unknown recipients with virtually no safeguards of any kind. This allowed fraud and abuse to occur in a scale never seen before. Using the pandemic as a pretext, Democrat politicians and judges drastically changed election procedures just months, and in some cases, weeks before the election on the 3rd of November."
Trump goes on to produce a visual aide that apparently shows the vote-counting in Wisconsin, a state which Biden successfully won. Trump points out a ‘massive dump’ of Biden votes which were tallied a 3:42 am which the president called a ‘terrible, terrible thing.’
Trump follows this up with several unverified claims such as Republican poll watchers not being allowed to watch votes being counted and some of his own supporters being told that they weren’t allowed to vote.
"Just as an example, in certain states, we’ll be down by, let’s say, 7,000 votes, but we’ll find later on 20,000, 50,000, 100,00, 200,000 discrepancies or fraudulent votes, and that includes votes that went through when they were not allowed to be seen by Republican poll watchers, because the poll watchers were locked out of the building. Or people that innocently came to vote on November 3rd, who were all excited about their vote, they were happy. They were proud to be citizens of the United States of America, and they went up and they said, ‘I’d like to vote.’ They were told that they can’t vote. ‘I’m sorry,’ they were told, ‘I’m sorry. You’ve already voted by mail-in ballot. Congratulations. We received a ballot, so you can no longer vote."
Trump then begins to push conspiracy theories about the Dominion voting machines, which members of his team and other Trump supporters have falsely claimed were fixed to vote for Biden. The president adds that the only secure system that they should use in elections is paper and apparently nobody understands these machines.
Trump goes on to correctly point out that Republicans did have a successful election in terms of the House of Representatives and the Senate but can’t understand how he lost. He uses this as an excuse to lambast pollsters.
“It is statistically impossible that the person, me, that led the charge lost. The greatest pollsters, the real pollsters, not the ones that had us down 17 points in Wisconsin when we actually won, or the ones that had us down four or five points in Florida, and we won by many points, or had us even, and down in Texas, and we won by a lot, not those pollsters, but real pollsters. Pollsters that are fair, and honest said, 'We can’t understand a thing like this. It’s never happened before. You led the country to victory, and you were the only one that was lost. It’s not possible.”
Trump goes on to call the city of Detroit ‘corrupt’ and suggests that recent recounts in Georgia didn’t mean anything.
"Detroit is corrupt. I have a lot of friends in Detroit. They know it, but Detroit is totally corrupt. Look at this, look at this. That’s at 6:31 in the morning, unexpectedly came in. In the recent recount in Georgia, which means nothing because they don’t want to check signatures, and if you’re not going to check signatures in Georgia, it doesn’t work, but we have a secretary of state, and a governor who made it very difficult to check signatures."
The president goes on to rant about mail-in ballots again claiming that some people received multiple ballots and that even dead people were allowed to vote.
"Many people received two, three and four ballots. They were sent to dead people by the thousands. In fact, dead people, and we have many examples filled out ballots, made applications, and then, voted, which is even worse. In other words, dead people went through a process. Some have been dead for 25 years."
In a completely deranged moment, Trump calls for the election to be ‘turned over’ and that a ’revote’ would not be appropriate as when the illegal votes are removed he’d win easily.
"No, it means you have to turn over the election, and everybody knows without going much further, and they’ve seen the evidence, but they don’t want to talk about it what a disaster this election was, a total catastrophe, but we’re going to show it, and hopefully, the courts in particular, the Supreme Court of the United States will see it, and respectfully, hopefully, they will do what’s right for our country, because our country can not live with this kind of an election. Maybe you’ll have a revote, but I don’t think that’s appropriate. When those votes are corrupt, when they’re irregular, when they get caught, they’re terminated, and I very easily win."
Trump hints that he knows that this speech will be ridiculed but he’s OK with that.
“The media knows this, but they don’t want to report it. In fact, they outright refuse to even cover it, because they know the result if they do. Even what I’m saying now will be demeaned and disparaged, but that’s okay. I just keep on going forward, because I’m representing 74 million people, and in fact, I’m also representing all of the people that didn’t vote for me.”
Trump somewhat segues and begins ranting about the Russia probe into his 2016 election victory, which he has still evidently no gotten over.
"They went on for four years, and I won them all, I beat them all. Russia, Russia, Russia, the impeachment hoax, and so much more. Robert Mueller spent $48 million of taxpayer money investigating me for two and a half years, issued over 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, issued 230 orders for communications records, and conducted 500 witness interviews, all looking to take me down. There was no collusion in the end, none whatsoever."
The president claims that the Democrats have used coronavirus to steal the election and that Nancy Pelosi has been trying to eliminate procedures such as voter ID.
“The pandemic simply gave the Democrats an excuse to do what they have been trying to do for many, many years. In fact, the very first bill that house Democrats introduced when Nancy Pelosi became speaker, was an attempt to mandate universal mail-in voting and eliminate measures such as voter ID, which is so necessary. Dramatically eroding the integrity of our elections was the Democrats number one priority for a simple reason, they wanted to steal the 2020 presidential election.”
Trump begins talking about election fraud claims in Pennsylvania and claims that in Democrat precincts people were asked to fix their ‘floored’ ballots whereas Republicans were not.
"Voters who submitted floored ballots in some Democrat precincts were notified and asked to fix their ballots, while Republican precincts, and in particular Republican voters, were not so notified which plainly violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.”If you are a Democrat, we’re going to fix up your ballot. make sure it’s perfect. If you are Republican, don’t even talk about it.”
Trump switches back to Detroit and begins recounting some of the testimonies that his team have received from witnesses, including a boxes of ballots which all contained the same signature.
“Other witnesses in Detroit also saw our election officials counting batches of the same ballots many times, as well as illegally duplicating ballots. One observer testified to seeing boxes and boxes of ballots, all bearing the same signature.”
Trump begins to wrap up his speech and claims that he ‘doesn’t mind losing an election’ but that this particular election, which he lost, was ‘rigged.’
Trump does hint and almost acknowledge that Biden will be the next president of the United States.
“Every reasonable American should be able to agree, based on what we have already documented, that we need a systematic analysis of the mail-in ballots to review the envelopes. It’s about the signature. If they’re on the envelopes, we can only review the envelopes, and that will tell us everything. This is the absolute minimum we should expect. This is not just about my campaign, although it has a lot to do with who’s going to be your next president. This is about restoring faith and confidence in American elections.”
Trump concludes by almost suggesting that this attempt to fish out voter fraud allegations will be one of his biggest achievements while in office.
“Many very smart people have congratulated me on all we’ve done: the biggest tax cuts in history, regulation cuts, the biggest in history. We rebuilt our military. We took care of our vets like never before, Space Force, and so much more. Then they went on to say, as big and as important as these events were, the single greatest achievement in your presidency will be exactly what you’re doing right now: voter integrity for our nation. It’s more important than any of the things that we discussed.”
And with that, this bizarre and unprecedented speech was in the books. In short, Trump is upset because he lost the election and counting mail-in ballots, which were greater than ever because of the pandemic, took far too long.