Trump Accuses Election Officials Of Crimes During Evening Freak-Out

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Outgoing President Donald Trump is continuing to push his unhinged lies about the election, which he decisively lost to President-elect Joe Biden. On Sunday, he posted a slew of rhetoric on Twitter, including the disturbingly unhinged claim that local election officials who’ve signed on to certifications of the presidential election results have committed a “severely punishable crime” because of their supposed complicity in imaginary fraud… or something. Although Trump didn’t exactly levelheadedly explain himself — obviously — he nevertheless explicitly pushed for dishing out severe punishment of an unexplained variety to local election officials. To call this rhetoric grossly anti-democratic and against the fundamental ethos of the United States of America would be an understatement.

Trump tweeted, in part, as follows:

‘Swing States that have found massive VOTER FRAUD, which is all of them, CANNOT LEGALLY CERTIFY these votes as complete & correct without committing a severely punishable crime… In all Swing State cases, there are far more votes than are necessary to win the State, and the Election itself. Therefore, VOTES CANNOT BE CERTIFIED. THIS ELECTION IS UNDER PROTEST!’

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On Sunday, Trump also complained on Twitter about local Republican leaders supposedly “allowing the Democrats to so blatantly cheat in their attempt to steal the election, which we won overwhelmingly,” which is just unhinged. He’s not going to change the reality of the situation by posting any number of angry tweets. The Department of Homeland Security, Attorney General Bill Barr, and local election officials around the country have all confirmed that there’s no legitimate evidence of election outcome-altering fraud. Every single state has certified its election results, and the electoral college is meeting on Monday. Are all of those involved in this process in on the (imaginary) election fraud? Obviously not, although accomplishing the fraud that Trump delusionally imagines took place would likely require the cooperation of thousands of people across the country.

On Sunday, Trump also complained yet again about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rejection of a case that he supported in which plaintiffs sought the invalidation of the election outcome in four swing states that Biden won. Trump insisted that the court “chickened out,” which is simply a gross mischaracterization of the situation. Even the two justices who said that they’d have heard the case said that they wouldn’t have granted the relief that plaintiffs were seeking, meaning the invalidation of the election outcome in those states. Not a single justice indicated that they would have granted the plaintiffs’ demands.

Check out Twitter’s response below:

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