President Donald Trump refuses to admit that he lost the election. As he continued to push lies about the supposed fraud that supposedly plagued the process around the country, on Saturday afternoon, he took to Twitter with a message of thanks for his supporters in state legislatures, although to be clear, nowhere — not in state legislatures, courts, or anywhere else — has a victorious right-wing challenge to the election outcome emerged. Trump’s record in court cases over the election results has promptly turned into a string of resounding failures.
Yes, they are defending the Constitution against you by refusing your insane request that they attempt to illegally choose Trump electors against the will of their state's voters. https://t.co/0wMj3biYfr
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) November 28, 2020
On Saturday, Trump tweeted the following message:
‘So much credit to all of the brave men and women in state houses who are defending our great Constitution. Thank you!’
So much credit to all of the brave men and women in state houses who are defending our great Constitution. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2020
There is no nationwide movement of “brave men and women in state houses… defending our great Constitution,” as Trump sees the concept. There is, however, a ramshackle coalition of far-right partisans peddling the president’s nonsensical, ignorant conspiracy theories about supposed nationwide election fraud. If these state legislators are so convinced that fraud has plagued the nation’s electoral system, then why are they in office at all? Shouldn’t they step aside for the good of the people or country or whatnot? Or does this imaginary fraud merely affect races that Republicans lose? In reality, election officials around the country and the Department of Homeland Security itself have confirmed that there’s no meaningful evidence of any kind of systematic fraud.
Before Trump’s Saturday morning post thanking his supporters among state legislators, Trump shared a message from Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican who was likely one of the state legislators who Trump had in mind. In a Twitter post that the president shared, Mastriano claimed that there was a major discrepancy between the number of mail-in ballots that Pennsylvania authorities sent to voters and the number of mail-in ballots that they counted for the general election. This discrepancy does not exist — the lower number of requested ballots that Mastriano cited was for the Pennsylvania primary election. The higher number of counted ballots was for the general election.
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump below: