Trump Says Biden ‘Won’ - Then Claims Race ‘Rigged’ and Refuses to Concede

Grant Boone
November 15, 2020

President Donald Trump appeared on Sunday to acknowledge losing the United States election but then backtracked and said he concedes "nothing" while a top aide to President-elect Joe Biden called a seamless transition vital for national security and combating the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has refused to concede the election, and repeatedly said he meant to overturn the result through legal cases - though no evidence of mass fraud in the November 3 election has been found.

As it has done with dozens of Trump tweets in recent days, including claims of voting machines potentially being hacked and complaints about news networks' coverage of the rallies, Twitter slapped a label on the posts warning that they contain "disputed" information.

Nevertheless, Mr Trump has refused to acknowledge Mr Biden's victory until now. "I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go".

In a second message, Mr Trump claimed there were irregularities during the counting and votes were stolen.

Trump must have realized that he accidentally conceded the election on Twitter, because shortly after the tweet started trending he fired off two more messages to clarify his feelings.

All opposition legislators resigned in Hong Kong to protest against Chinese law
"Hong Kong, from today onward, can no longer tell the world that there is "one country, two systems", Wu said. He said China's actions are "designed to harass and stifle all voices critical of China's policies".

Despite his own intelligence officials' declaration last week that the election was "the most secure in American history", Trump and his right-wing media allies show no sign of giving up their quest to get the results overturned.

Railing against supposed mass fraud in the vote won by his challenger, Trump said Biden "won because the Election was Rigged". But after weeks of Trump repeatedly denying that he lost this election, the admission seemed noteworthy.

In a news conference on the same day, Mr Trump said "who knows" which administration would be in power in the future.

After dark, groups of Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed on the streets, scuffling and throwing punches. He says he resigned; Trump says he fired Bolton. Bolton left the administration a year ago.

A small but growing number of Republican figures have begun pressing for Trump to concede defeat. "But if the Republican voters are only hearing Donald Trump's misrepresentations, it's not surprising that they believe it", Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".

More than 10,000 Trump supporters rallied in Washington on Saturday to back his claims of fraud - massing in Washington's Freedom Plaza before marching to the Supreme Court in a raucous atmosphere.

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