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Trump railed over toppling the elections as the government begins transition to Biden

United States President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC on November 24, 2020. Trump made brief remarks about the stock market of 30,000.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for the overturning of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and spread unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud while falsely insisting on winning a number of major swing states that went to Biden.

Trump faced defeat after a string of court losses, and appeared by surprise at a Republican lawmaker hearing in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he bluntly stated, “We need to turn the elections.”

Trump claimed his team had “collected all the evidence” despite judges in numerous states denying his campaign’s legal efforts to stop ballot certification or invalidate swaths of mail-in votes.

“All we need is for a judge to hear it right without having a political opinion or any other problem,” Trump said over the speaker of a cell phone held up to a microphone by Jenna Ellis, a member of him became the campaign legal team. She sat next to Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

“This choice has to be turned around,” said Trump elsewhere in the hands-free speech. “We won Pennsylvania a lot, and we won all of these swing states by a lot.”

In fact, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that he had signed the Certificate of Ascertainment confirming Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as winners at Keystone State. Nevada, another key state, also confirmed Biden and Harris as winners on Tuesday. Michigan and Georgia have also confirmed their votes, pushing Trump’s long-term attempt to reverse the election result even further out of reach.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

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More than three weeks after election day and weeks after the news outlets called the race for Biden, Trump has still refused to admit. He tweeted Monday night that he “will never concede” to Biden, who is expected to win 306 electoral college votes – 36 more than it took to win the presidency.

The president’s remarks came just days after a key federal agency told Biden that it would provide resources for his transition to the White House.

While Trump was speaking, Biden, his successor, gave a formal Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware.

“This is the moment when we have to steel our spikes, redouble our efforts and dedicate ourselves again to the fight against the coronavirus,” said Biden. “Let’s remember, we’re all there together.”

“So stay tuned. Don’t indulge in fatigue,” Biden said, addressing a nation that was tired of pandemic restrictions but faced a major surge in some cases.

“I know we can and will defeat this virus. America will not lose this war. We will get our lives back and life will go back to normal, I promise you,” said Biden. “It won’t take forever.”

The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC on Trump’s broadside.

The president-elect is expected to visit his family in Rehobeth, Delaware later that afternoon.

Meanwhile, Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff made an unannounced visit to DC Central Kitchen, a grocery bank that plans to serve at least 10,000 meals on Thanksgiving.

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