For the first time during the 2020 election, President Trump almost admitted that J0e Biden had "won," then immediately goes on to say that the election was "rigged" and that he is not conceding the race.
Trump said in a tweet, "He won because the Election was Rigged. 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!"
Some on Twitter are questioning Trump's meaning behind the statement.
Journalist Yashas Ali said, "Did [I] just wake up to Trump's version of a concession?"
Twitter quickly jumped in and slapped the tweet with a label reading, "This claim about election fraud is disputed."
Trump later clarified the statement with a new tweet.
He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
President Trump's response came eight days after the Associated Press declared Joe Biden as the projected winner. Trump has refused to concede and instead deployed teams of lawyers to key battleground states to contest the ballot-counting processes but on Friday a federal appeals court in Pennsylvania rejected an effort to invalidate over 9,300 mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day.
A judge in Michigan also refused to stop the certification of election results in the Detroit area by dismissing claims of fraud caused by the city's mishandling of absentee ballots.
In Arizona, a judge rejected Trump's lawsuit seeking inspection of ballots after the campaign's lawyers acknowledged that the small number of ballots in question would not change the outcome of how the state voted for president.
It would be the third time a judge declined to intervene in a statewide count that showed Biden ahead by over 140,000 votes.
The judges who upheld the three-day extension noted the "unprecedented challenges" that caused "vast disruption" in the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week Biden called Trump's refusal to concede the election "an embarrassment" that will only hurt "the president's legacy."