In his first TV appearance since losing the November 3 election, a defiant Donald Trump appeared on Fox News to make a series of fresh accusations of voter fraud.
Speaking via telephone with Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo of the network, the outgoing US President insisted that he would not recognise the victory of Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden.
Mr. Biden obviously won the race, earning 306 votes in the electoral college compared to Mr. Trump’s 232, and also gaining more than six million votes in the popular vote.
But although Mr. Biden won more electoral college votes in 2020 than Mr. Trump did in 2016 when he said that by a “landslide” he had defeated Hillary Clinton, he proceeded to make unproven accusations of voting fraud.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2020
He also made the argument that the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) might be engaged in a ploy to “rig the election, unsupported by evidence.
To accuse the FBI and DOJ of election crimes is unusual for a US president.
“This election was over and then they did dumps – they call them dumps – big massive dumps in Michigan and Pennsylvania and all over,” Mr Trump said.
“If you take a look at, you just take a look at just about every state that we’re talking about, every swing state that we’re talking about. And they did these massive dumps of votes. And all of a sudden I went from winning by a lot to losing by a little.”
“My mind will not change in six months,” Mr Trump said on air on Sunday.
“There was tremendous cheating here.”
“If Republicans allow it to happen, you’ll never have another Republican elected in the history of this country, at a Senate level or at a presidential level.”
“We’re not allowed to put in our proof. They say you don’t have standing,” Mr Trump said.
“I would like to file one nice big beautiful lawsuit, talking about this and many other things, with tremendous proof. We have affidavits, we have hundreds and hundreds of affidavits.
“You mean as President of the United States, I don’t have standing? What kind of a court system is this?”