Mary Trump calls Donald a ‘liar’ as he falsely declares a victory that may never happen and makes baseless claim of ‘fraud’
Mary Trump joined global condemnation of her uncle Donald Trump as he attempted to declare victory in the US presidential election despite the results still being too close to call, in a debased attempt to undermine a legitimate democratic process.
Donald Trump made an empty accusation of fraud in the US election, declaring himself the winner despite the clear fact he had not won reelection at the time of speaking.
“This is a fraud on the American public,” he said at the White House, fraudulently.
“This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election.”
Falsely, he added: “Frankly, we did win this election.”
It had been widely predicted that Trump would pull such a stunt after weeks of him attempting to undermine democracy with baseless and debunked claims of postal ballot fraud. Myriad experts have said that postal votes are secure, valid, and were not at any risk of fraud.
As it stands, key swing states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are too close to call with many postal votes still in play, meaning the winner of the presidential election will likely not be known for days or possibly weeks.
Trump has been desperately trying to block states from counting postal votes, which traditionally skew Democrat, and said he would be “going to the US Supreme Court”.
The current president of the United States said: “We want all voting to stop.”
His statement followed a tweet, labelled false by Twitter, in which he claimed the election was being “stolen” and warned “votes cannot be case after the polls are closed”.
No state allows for votes to be cast after polls are closed, however Trump was trying to insinuate that postal ballots arriving and/or counted after Election Day are not valid. This is not true. Legally, in certain states, ballots postmarked by Election Day that arrive within the following days will be counted.
Trump’s false claim was roundly condemned for what it is: a sad, despotic attempt to cling onto power.
His niece, Mary Trump, stated the facts: “Every vote must be counted. Donald is lying.”
Every vote must be counted. Donald is lying.
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) November 4, 2020
Trump just said he doesn’t want “them to find more votes at 4am” wtf… that’s exactly what is supposed to happen. Votes are still being counted. Have a seat sir. Everyone’s vote counts. #ElectionNight
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) November 4, 2020
This is what dictators are like as they emerge in full. They don’t come out of nowhere.
— Sindhu Vee (@sindhuvfunny) November 4, 2020
Donald Trump’s premature claims of victory are illegitimate, dangerous, and authoritarian.
Count the votes. Respect the results.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 4, 2020
We must count EVERY VOTE!
— Peppermint (@Peppermint247) November 4, 2020
Joe Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon condemned Trump’s statement as “outrageous” and a “naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens”.
“It was unprecedented because never before in our history has a president of the United States sought to strip Americans of their voice in a national election. Having encouraged Republican efforts in multiple states to prevent the legal counting of these ballots before Election Day, now Donald Trump is saying these ballots can’t be counted after Election Day either,” she said.
“And it was incorrect because it will not happen. The counting will not stop. It will continue until every duly cast vote is counted. Because that is what our laws — the laws that protect every Americans’ constitutional right to vote — require.
“We repeat what the vice president said tonight: Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election. Joe Biden does not decide the outcome of this election. The American people decide the outcome of this election. And the democratic process must and will continue until its conclusion.”
Moments after Trump spoke, Arizona and its 11 electoral college votes were called for Biden, limiting Trump’s possible path to victory.