Are the US elections rigged
The majority of the Americans have elected the Democrat Joe Biden as the next US President. Still-incumbent Donald Trump, however, is trying to pull out all the stops to overturn Biden's victory on the legal path. All news and developments at a glance:
Trump: Biden won by fraud
Sunday, November 15th, 3:30 p.m .: The incumbent US President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet for the first time that his challenger Joe Biden had won the presidential election. However, at the same time he repeated his allegations that the vote had been manipulated, and shortly afterwards revoked the admission completely.
On Sunday, Trump first commented on a tweet from a TV presenter with doubts about Biden's success with the words: "He won because the election was rigged." He repeats his allegations, which have still not been substantiated, that no election observers were admitted and that software used during the count falsified the results. It was the first time Trump used the words "he won" twelve days after the election. However, he published two more tweets an hour later. In one it says "WE WILL WIN!" In the second tweet, the alleged admission is revoked: "He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I do NOT admit anything!"
Trump's attorneys are filing various lawsuits in several states. It was not until Sunday night that he put the legal battle for the election results in the hands of his longtime lawyer and companion Rudy Giuliani. According to calculations by the US media, Biden has 306 voters, 270 are necessary for a victory. His lead is considered sufficient to withstand recounts and a partial success of Trump's lawsuits.
Trump waves to his demonstrating supporters from his car
Saturday, November 14th, 9.15 p.m .: Several thousand supporters of Donald Trump gathered in central Washington on Saturday to have his back. They shouted slogans like "Four more years!" and "We want Trump!". The outgoing president, who still does not acknowledge his electoral defeat, waved to them from an armored vehicle on the way to the golf club. He had promised the day before that he could stop by the demonstrators and greet his fans.
Trump's spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany spoke on Twitter of a million participants, assessments by observers and the media ranged from a few thousand to a good 10,000. The Trump administration had already started its term of office by exaggerating the number of participants when it was inaugurated in January 2017. A week earlier, significantly more people celebrated in the streets of Washington when Joe Bidens' victory in the US presidential election was announced.
Speakers at the demonstration in Freedom Plaza, not far from the White House, followed Trump's account that his victory was stolen from him by massive electoral fraud. They promised to keep fighting and abused the media for wrongly declaring Biden the election winner. "Fox News are enemies of the people," one of the speakers shouted into the crowd. The channel from Rupert Murdoch's media empire was Trump's house channel for a long time - but recently moved noticeably away from him. Trump himself had repeatedly referred to the media as "enemies of the people".
Trump does not admit defeat, but shows doubts about victory
Saturday, November 14th, 6 a.m .: After the election in the USA, the incumbent US President Donald Trump for the first time had slight doubts about the certainty of victory he had shown so far. "This government will not do a lockdown," said Trump on Friday evening, German time, at an appearance in the rose garden of the White House about the US efforts to obtain a corona vaccine.
At the same time, he indicated that this decision may soon no longer be in his hand. "Hopefully the -" and here he paused and continued, "whatever happens in the future, who knows which government it will be, I think that will show. But I can assure you, this government will do not lockdown. "
US broadcaster reported on Friday that Trump challenger Joe Biden had won 306 voters in the election on Tuesday last week according to their polls - significantly more than the 270 required for a victory. These were Trump's first public statements since Thursday last week. He didn't take questions from reporters.
The incumbent US president has so far refused to admit defeat and presents himself as a victim of massive electoral fraud. Trump's lawyers have filed lawsuits in several states, but they have not provided any evidence of large-scale election fraud or errors. Several US authorities announced on Thursday that the November 3rd election was the safest in American history.
Dozens of Secret Service employees apparently affected by Corona
Saturday, November 14th, 6 a.m .: After President Donald Trump's election campaign trips, dozens of Secret Service employees have been infected with the corona virus or are in quarantine, according to the US media. The spread is at least partially attributed to the series of appearances for which Trump traveled across the country before the presidential election, reported the Washington Post on Friday citing informed persons. According to the newspaper, 130 employees are affected - around ten percent of the core security team. According to the broadcaster CNN, it is about "several dozen" employees.
The Secret Service is responsible, among other things, for protecting important officials such as the president. During Trump's dozen campaign appearances - he sometimes made several a day - security guards had to travel with them and were also positioned around the podium. Many of the Trump supporters present did not wear masks and did not keep their distance.
Trump had already been accused of unnecessarily endangering security people after he got into the presidential vehicle with them during his Covid 19 illness to greet his fans in front of the hospital gates.
Biden wins Georgia, Trump wins in North Carolina
Friday, November 13th, 11 p.m .: The US media have now also announced the respective winner for the last two remaining states. North Carolina with its 15 voters goes to Donald Trump, who won 50 percent of the vote. Joe Biden is about 70,000 votes behind Trump.
Biden wins for it in Georgia (16 voters) with a very narrow margin of 0.3 percent or 14,000 votes. This means that he is clearly behind Trump with 306 voters. The Republican will have to be content with 232 voters - which, however, he has no desire to do. He insists that there has been election fraud and tries to sue some of the results.
According to a newspaper report, numerous prosecutors do not want to comply with Justice Secretary William Barr's order to review the results of the US presidential election. In a joint letter, 16 prosecutors asked Barr to withdraw Monday's order, the reported Washington Post, who reportedly saw the letter, on Friday. They were not aware of any unusual irregularities in the counting of votes. In addition, they would be drawn into party politics by the order.
Beijing congratulates Biden
Friday, November 13th, 9:48 am: Communist China congratulates the future US president on his election victory. "We respect the choice of the American people," said a Chinese State Department spokesman Wang Wenbin. "We congratulate Mr. Biden and Mrs. Harris," it said.
Beijing emphasizes that the result of the presidential election "will be determined in accordance with US law and procedures" - possibly an indication of incumbent Donald Trump, who still refuses to admit defeat.
Several Republicans call for Biden intelligence briefings
Friday, November 13th, 7:35 am: A growing number of Republican politicians are demanding that the White House make intelligence briefings available to election winner Biden. Influential Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN, when asked if Biden should get the briefings, "Yes, I think he should." According to the media, Senators Chuck Grassley, James Lankford and John Thune made similar statements.
The statements could indicate that there is more and more acceptance of Biden's election victory among the Republicans. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine named Biden "President-Elect" for the first time on Thursday. So far, Biden has been denied the legally required support for an orderly transfer of office ("transition") from Trump's government.
Trump has so far refused to admit defeat and presents himself as a victim of fraud without evidence. Leading politicians of his party supported him outwardly. Observers also see this as a move not to turn their own electorate against themselves and to keep them motivated for immensely important runoff elections for crucial Senate seats in Georgia at the beginning of January. But especially in the area of national security, the Republicans also have an interest in ensuring that there is an orderly handover and that Biden is fully capable of acting from day one in office.
TV stations declare Biden the winner in Arizona
Friday, November 13th, 5:40 am: More than a week after the US election on November 3rd, several US broadcasters have declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner in Arizona. After the news agency AP and the TV broadcaster Fox News had already announced him as the winner in the traditionally Republican state on election night, the broadcasters NBC News and CNN followed suit on Thursday evening (local time).
In the state in the southwest of the United States, eleven voters were involved. Arizona has long been considered a safe bastion for the Republicans. Since the election year 1952, almost exclusively Republican presidential candidates have won there. The exception was the 1996 election year, when Democrat Bill Clinton won.
Alerted around 300,000 US election tweets
Friday, November 13th, 3:05 am: Twitter tweeted around 300,000 tweets about controversial or misleading content around the US presidential election with warnings. In 456 cases, these posts were completely covered up with a warning, so that users first had to click through, as Twitter announced in a blog post.
The figures relate to the period from October 27th to November 11th. Warnings of both types had also been provided on various tweets from US President Donald Trump in the past few weeks, mainly because of his frequent allegations about alleged election fraud. In addition, the US president had repeatedly spread false information about the corona virus.
Obama: Republicans embark on "dangerous path"
Friday, November 13th, 2:10 am: Former US President Barack Obama has made grave allegations against Republicans who continue to stand by him despite Trump's unproven claims that the recent election was rigged. What worries him more than Trump's baseless accusations is the fact that other Republicans are taking part against their better judgment, Obama said in pre-published excerpts from an interview that the broadcaster CBS News plans to air in full on Sunday. "It is a further step to deny legitimacy not only to the new Biden government, but also to democracy as a whole. And that is a dangerous path."
Trump has not yet admitted his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden and presents himself as a victim of systematic electoral fraud, although there is no evidence to back it up. Commenting on Trump's claims, Obama said, "Part of it seems to be because the president doesn't like to lose and never admits defeat."
So far, few Republicans have publicly recognized Biden as the election winner. Rather, the party's leaders - like Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell - have their backs on Trump's attempts to contest Biden's victory.
US authorities: No computer manipulation
Friday, November 13th, 1:50 am: Several US authorities have rejected rumors spread by President Donald Trump that the presidential election was rigged through the use of computer software. "There is no evidence that a voting system deleted or changed votes - or was compromised in any way," said a statement issued by representatives from the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency and state election officers' associations, among others.
Trump had previously referred to claims on Twitter that Dominion software had given him 435,000 votes in several states to his ultimately victorious challenger Biden. The company and electoral authorities have already rejected this.
The rumors could have been triggered by problems with the count in some counties in Michigan and Georgia. In Michigan, Antrim County corrected its unofficial results at short notice during the count. An official from Trump's Republican Party claimed that this was due to a bug in the software used. However, the authorities made it clear that it was a human error - which would also have been noticed at the latest during the mandatory final inspection. In Georgia, some counting computers have had to pause because of software updates.
The government officials' statement went on to say: "The November 3rd election was the safest in American history." All states have paper receipts for each ballot so that each can be checked afterwards. Georgia, where Biden was ahead by more than 14,000 votes, has already ordered a hand recount. The Minister of the Interior, Brad Raffensperger, who is responsible for elections, was convinced that the result would hardly be changed.
Biden calls the Pope and wants cooperation
Thursday, November 12th, 8.30 p.m .: According to his team, the elected US President Joe Biden expressed the desire for cooperation in a phone call with Pope Francis on Thursday. At the same time, the politician thanked the head of the church for the blessings and for his commitment to peace and reconciliation around the world. Biden is likely to become the second Catholic to move into the White House after President John F. Kennedy.
Biden stressed that he would like to work with the Pope and the Church "on the basis of a common belief in the dignity and equality of all humanity," said his campaign team. This applies to the commitment to the poor and people on the margins of society, to coping with climate change and to the reception and integration of immigrants and refugees.
Despite all domestic political hurdles, Biden has already received broad support internationally. More and more foreign heads of state and government congratulated him on his election victory, on Tuesday Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the Democrat on the phone.
Trump administration blocks sending congratulatory letters to Biden
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