I WON THE ELECTION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
In one day, nine cases meant to attack President-elect Joe Biden's win in key states were denied or dropped, adding up to a brutal series of losses for President Trump, who's already lost and refuses to let go https://t.co/jFT9hnXMaq— CNN (@CNN) November 15, 2020
1. "He won" is correct, but:— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 15, 2020
2. Trump's own govt has debunked idea election was rigged
3. Trump's own lawyers have conceded observers were there
4. Trump's own lawyers haven't provided any evidence of fraud
5. The media was not silent about these issues
Otherwise, great tweet https://t.co/fGedrH6uhB
1. Trump began his day obliviously (but correctly) tweeting that Biden "won"— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 15, 2020
2. Someone explained to Trump or he noticed that people were reading his tweet as a concession of sorts
3. Trump furiously tries to walk it back with more lies 👇 https://t.co/CVOBbqh4Wt
He's tweeting this as his campaign just filed a revised lawsuit that scrapped the very allegations he's making here about observers in PA pic.twitter.com/cvqKLfJqT1— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) November 16, 2020
It’s not just that the remaining claim in the Pennsylvania suit is about an insignificant number of ballots; it’s that the Trump campaign’s real gripe is that many R-leaning counties didn’t *choose* to provide the same ballot-curing opportunities as larger, D-leaning counties. https://t.co/RDINtY6c48— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) November 16, 2020
Wow. Trump’s lawyers, bound by reality and ethical rules, are quietly abandoning his claims before a judge can even rule. This is their redlined amended complaint in PA. pic.twitter.com/52thxHsIgp— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) November 16, 2020
Trump campaign jettisons major parts of its legal challenge against Pennsylvania's election results
Jon Swaine and Elise Viebeck, Wadshington Post, November 15, 2020
President Trump's campaign on Sunday scrapped a major part of its federal lawsuit challenging the election results in Pennsylvania.
Trump's attorneys filed a revised version of the lawsuit, removing allegations that election officials violated the Trump campaign's constitutional rights by limiting the ability of their observers to watch votes being counted. . . .
Trump's pared-down lawsuit now focuses on allegations that Republicans were illegally disadvantaged because some Democratic-leaning counties allowed voters to fix errors on their mail ballots. Counties have said this affected only a small number of votes.
Cliff Levine, an attorney representing the Democratic Party in the case, said on Sunday evening that Trump's move meant his lawsuit could not possibly change the result.
"Now you're only talking about a handful of ballots," Levine said. "They would have absolutely no impact on the total count or on Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump."
Giuliani's fantasy parade of false voter-fraud claims
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, November 16, 2020
In interviews with sympathetic Fox News hosts, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani has made several wild claims alleging that election fraud and malfeasance was responsible for Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. His claims have been echoed in weekend tweets by President Trump, accusing a software company of somehow manipulating the vote in favor of Biden. These presidential tweets have been flagged by Twitter as misleading.
Moreover, this nonsense has already been debunked by Trump's own government. In a statement issued Nov. 12, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, and partners such as the National Association of Secretaries of State declared: "There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."
That sentence was posted in boldface, just to make it clear. The statement added: "While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections."
Frankly, we were tempted to just end our fact check with that statement. (We asked Giuliani why he ignores an authoritative government statement but did not hear back.) After all, why elevate falsehoods designed to spread fear about election security?
But given that Giuliani has made these claims on television, we feel duty-bound to explain why they are bunk. . . .
Rudy's evidence that the election was rigged against Trump is a hunch that he has pic.twitter.com/KfTufshmy3— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 15, 2020
Trump also had a "hunch" that covid cases would go from 15 to zero. There are now 11 million cases and 245000 deaths. So much for hunches.— DevinNunesMomsCow (@phazerrules) November 15, 2020
He had a hunch that this was going to go well for him too. pic.twitter.com/51DNRi5BhC— BreezeDeeply😷 (@bmac_in_Florida) November 15, 2020
One of Trump's lawyers, Sidney Powell, is on Fox News lying that Trump actually won the election by "millions of votes." These people are out of their minds. pic.twitter.com/xu8hBK24j2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 15, 2020
She says “I don’t say anything I can’t prove” and then refuses to offer proof.— Mark Larson (@MarkLarson76) November 15, 2020
Any lawyer who uses "fixing to" on national television should draw immediate skepticism.....— Nick Carmody JD, MS Psych (@Nick_Carmody) November 15, 2020
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The President’s preferred coronavirus adviser (who is not a public health expert or epidemiologist) calls on people to “rise up” against new Covid restrictions imposed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 16, 2020
Whitmer was the target of a kidnapping plot that was foiled last month. https://t.co/WKlGl7fsbE
If it wasn't for covid and the subsequent economic fallout Trump would've been reelected— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) November 15, 2020
Here's a thing I want everyone to understand.— Ed Yong (@edyong209) November 15, 2020
There is a roughly 12-day lag between rising cases rising hospitalizations.
So the 1.5 million (!!!) confirmed cases from the last 2 weeks have not yet factored into stories about packed emergency rooms. https://t.co/JID98tWjbt pic.twitter.com/3DNeiX2esb
Telling two teenagers whose father died in our ICU from Covid a few days earlier that their mother had also just died in our ICU from Covid— Ranu Dhillon (@RanuDhillon) November 13, 2020
McEnany 11:16 AM: “More than one MILLION marchers”— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 15, 2020
Trump 3:24 PM: “Hundreds of thousands of people”
Trump 12:00 AM: “Tens of thousands of people” pic.twitter.com/cu8jdOzAQD