Trump clarifies he's NOT conceding despite agreeing to Biden transition: 'Will never concede to fake ballots'
Trump's tweet came as many viewed the GSA's decision as a sign that the president's legal team was losing in its effort to overtturn the 2020 presidential election
President Donald Trump, on Monday, November 23, took to Twitter to respond to the General Services Administration's decision to ascertain President-elect Joe Biden as the "apparent winner" and make federal resources available to his transition team. The GSA informed Biden that the Trump administration was ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from GSA Administrator Emily Murphy sent on Monday afternoon. Trump's tweet came as many viewed the GSA's decision as a sign that the president's legal team was losing in its effort to overtturn the 2020 presidential election.
NEWS: The GSA has informed president-elect Joe Biden the administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN, via @KristenhCNN (story TK!)— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) November 23, 2020
"What does GSA being allowed to preliminary work with Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history?” Trump tweeted. “We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & 'Dominion.'" The Republican, in an earlier tweet, had suggested that he had directed his team to cooperate with the administration transition, however, he also vowed to continue his legal election fight.
What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history? We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & “Dominion”.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2020
The Republican's tweet late Monday came shortly after officials in Michigan voted to certify the election and Pennsylvania appeared to be getting closer to certifying a Biden victory in the state. Dominion Voting Systems (DVS) has often faced scrutiny about a possibility of election rigging through the system. However, the claims have been unproven and unsubstantiated. Cmpany spokesperson Michael Steel while talking to Fox News about DVS said that it was "physically impossible" to switch votes.
Trump has continued to refuse to concede in the presidential election electios, and his campaign has filed multiple lawsuits against some battleground states claiming fraud in the election process. Neither the president's legal team nor his campaign has provided any evidence to back their claims.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on Monday, turned back the Trump campaign lawsuits aiming to dismiss over 8,000 absentee ballots in Allegheny County for missing important information. The state's attorney general, Josh Shapiro, had made headlines before the election for tweeting: "If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose." Shapiro took to Twitter again to reinstate his point on Monday and wrote: "The Trump campaign was attempting to throw out ballots from eligible voters. Guess what? They just lost in the PA Supreme Court. Again." The president's campaign has also lost multiple cases linked to the elections in lower courts over the past few weeks.
🚨 Pennsylvania Election Update 2:— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 23, 2020
The Trump campaign was attempting to throw out ballots from eligible voters.
Guess what? They just lost in the PA Supreme Court. Again.
The president's tweet comes days after Twitter, the popular microblogging site, on November 20, said that it will hand over the control of the presidential @POTUS account to Biden when he is sworn in on Inauguration day in January. Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio, in an emailed statement to Politico said that Twitter is "actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20, 2021." The spokesperson added that the process is being done in consultation with the National Archives, as it was done in 2017 when Trump was assuming office. The handover will result in all the existing tweets by Trump on that account, including the accounts of @FLOTUS, @VP, and other officials, to be archived. The accounts will then be reset to zero tweets and transferred to Biden and his administration on Inauguration day.