CNN fact checker Daniel Dale tweeted that it was the “most dishonest” speech he has witnessed Trump give since he began covering his presidential speeches in 2016.
On Nov. 5 around 6:30 p.m., Donald Trump led a press briefing at the White House to address the ongoing ballot counting set to determine the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
After Trump alleged that the US’s electoral voting system is “corrupt” and falsely claimed a victory in Pennsylvania, prematurely declaring himself the winner of the election, several major networks – including MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, and NBC – refused to finish airing the remainder of his speech. “Here we are again in the unusual position of not only interrupting the president of the United States but correcting the president of the United States . . .” Brian Williams said following MSNBC‘s broadcast.
Historically, Trump has used his platform to make false claims about healthcare, climate change, racial justice, crowd sizes and other key issues.
During his speech on Nov. 5, the president said that mail-in voting threatens the integrity of the election as a result of “tremendous corruption and fraud,” falsely citing “tens of millions” of unsolicited ballots and secret ballots counted after election day. “If you count the legal votes I easily win,” he said, despite no evidence supporting this claim. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.” This is incorrect.
An influx of mail-in ballots has lengthened the ballot-counting process across America, as expected. As the remaining mail-in ballots continue to be counted, Trump’s lead in states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia is narrowing. This is because Democrats were more likely to vote by mail than Republicans in the 2020 election.
As of the time of Trump’s speech, Biden led the election with between 253 and 264 confirmed electoral votes, according to leading news sources. See the broadcast portion of Trump’s speech above.
The Squad Is Unstoppable With 4 House Reelections: “Our Sisterhood Is Resilient”
Congressional representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib – known as “The Squad” on Capitol Hill – will continue their quest for justice for at least two more years. On Nov. 3, the congresswomen were all reelected to represent their districts in New York, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Michigan, respectively.
Omar reacted to the news on Twitter Tuesday night, writing, “Our sisterhood is resilient.” And it appears The Squad will grow bigger come January, thanks to the election of new House members like Cori Bush and Marie Newman. As Ayanna Pressley tweeted, “You love to see it.”
Ocasio-Cortez is responsible for the “squad” moniker, which came shortly after the 2018 election, but it’s power reaches much further than a catchy name. The members of this group are advocates for progressive policies. They stand for equality, equity, inclusivity, and a brighter, greener tomorrow. In an otherwise cutthroat DC landscape, they have carved out a space to publicly support each other as they field hateful vitriol from the Trump administration.
“Despite the occupant of the White House’s attempts to marginalize us and to silence us, please know that we are more than four people. We ran on a mandate to advocate for and to represent those ignored, left out, and left behind,” Pressley said of Trump’s aggressive tweets towards the group in 2019. “Our squad is big. Our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable and just world. And that is the work that we want to get back to. And given the size of this squad in this great nation, we cannot, we will not, be silenced.”