Donald Trump’s lawyers are diving deeper and deeper into conspiracy theories in their attacks on the outcome of the lost presidential election. Among other things, they claim that the Democrats manipulated the election with the help of communists from Venezuela. They also insist on the repeatedly refuted allegations that software used in the count converted votes for President Trump in favor of his victorious challenger Joe Biden.
At the same time, the Trump side lost in court proceedings in the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona on Thursday alone. In Georgia, Biden’s election victory in the state should be sealed on Friday by the official confirmation of the results. So far, the Trump side has collected more than 30 slaps in court, with a small success. Trump’s longtime lawyer and confidante Rudy Giuliani, held out further lawsuits.
Trump’s legal team also said at a press conference on Thursday that no evidence for the allegations could be presented to journalists in view of the pending proceedings. In addition, important witnesses did not want to appear before the general public.
That didn’t stop Giuliani from saying, “We can’t allow these crooks to steal the election from the Americans. You voted for Donald Trump. You didn’t vote for Joe Biden. ”All electoral authorities have so far confirmed that there was no fraud – or major mistakes that could call the election results into question.
Giuliani claimed, however, that he could prove that Trump did not actually lose the important state of Pennsylvania, but won it by a margin of 300,000 votes, and Michigan by 50,000 votes. Among other things, ballot papers were scanned several times. Giuliani’s statement: “I think it is a logical conclusion that there was a joint plan that emanated directly from the Democratic Party and its candidate.” There was no evidence of this either. Giuliani was once a prosecutor himself and later mayor of New York.
Giuliani runs hair dye on her face
He called for the state’s election result not to be confirmed at all. Instead, the local parliament – in which Republicans have a majority – should appoint the electorate. The goal: These elected electors should not vote for election winner Biden on December 14, but for Trump.
In Michigan, Trump has a similar plan. He invited Republican members of the state’s parliament to join him in the White House. Legal expert Lawrence Tribe warned on CNN that such a meeting could be illegal.
Giuliani was once a prosecutor himself and later mayor of New York. With his theatrical appearances, Giuliani has repeatedly attracted a lot of ridicule, but many consider him extremely dangerous. At the press conference, he spoke wide-eyed of a “national conspiracy”, attacked the Democrats of election winner Biden as “crooks”, berated journalists present and also quoted the Hollywood comedy “My cousin Winnie” from the early 90s as an allegation of fraud to illustrate.
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A special sensation, however, caused the heavily sweating Giuliani apparently hair dye ran down the side of the face. Photos of the 76-year-old with brown stripes on his cheeks became a hit on social networks.
The theories are heard by Trump’s supporters
Giuliani, a joke in the service of the President? That would be too easy, observers immediately warned. “The press conference was the most dangerous one and three quarters of hours of television in US history,” tweeted Chris Krebs, head of the election security authority CISA, who was dismissed by Trump this week. “And maybe the craziest.”
Because even if many people only shake their heads in amusement at Giuliani: Trump supporters hear the lawyer and his theories well. The conservative news broadcaster Fox News broadcast the press conference in full length. Trump’s lawsuit may be hopeless, but it undoubtedly undermines the confidence of US citizens in the election as a central democratic process. Giuliani is not known to have any particular scruples.
Trump’s attorney Sidney Powell went further: “What we are really dealing with here is a massive influence of communist money over Venezuela, Cuba and presumably China for meddling in our election.” She also claimed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013 had back doors built into the software that was used to count the votes. Allegedly it was possible because a vote cast for Biden was worth 1.25 votes. The software was only used when scanning ballot papers. The electoral authorities stress that there is a paper receipt for every vote cast.
Biden in Georgia after checking up front
State results are key to winning a presidential election. The head of state is not elected directly by the people, but by electorates who cast their votes according to the results in their state. According to calculations by the US media, the Democrat Biden has 306 electorates behind him, he needs 270 for the election to the president. Pennsylvania is a particularly valuable state with 20 voters, Georgia has 16 votes, and Wisconsin 10.
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The manual review of votes in Georgia has now been completed. There Biden was ahead with around 14,000 votes before the recount began. Now the plus has shrunk to 12,284 votes. That had already been expected: a few days ago it was discovered that election commissions in two Republican-ruled districts had forgotten to include several thousand counted votes in the bill. The responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger emphasized that no signs of election fraud had been found. However, Trump can still request a recount because the gap between the candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points. (dpa, AFP)