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Trump says Biden ‘won’ because vote was ‘rigged,’ then says he’s not conceding

After appearing to acknowledge losing election, US president follows up by saying ‘I concede NOTHING!’ as he continues to push unfounded accusations of fraud

US President Donald Trump looks on after delivering an update on 'Operation Warp Speed' in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on November 13, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
US President Donald Trump looks on after delivering an update on 'Operation Warp Speed' in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on November 13, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

US President Donald Trump Sunday finally appeared to acknowledge his loss to Joe Biden in the presidential elections, but quickly followed up by saying he conceded “nothing” and again claimed without evidence that voting was “rigged” in favor of his Democratic rival.

“He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump said in a tweet.

“NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!” Trump added.

His comments came attached to a video clip of Fox News host Jesse Watters saying that Biden’s victory “just doesn’t add up,” due to some of the alleged problems listed.

However, within hours Trump sought to correct the impression that he had finally conceded, tweeting: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING!”

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.

Trump is impeding Biden’s transition ahead of inauguration on January 20 and has filed numerous lawsuits — unsuccessfully — to challenge vote counts around the country.

Trump said Friday that “time will tell” if he remains president, in a momentary slip of his refusal to concede his election defeat.

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.

The issues Trump and his campaign have pointed to are typical in every election: problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes and postmarks on mail-in ballots, as well as the potential for a small number of ballots miscast or lost. With Biden leading Trump by wide margins in key battleground states, none of those issues would have any impact on the outcome of the election.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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