45th President Donald J. Trump issued an email statement Thursday morning, suggesting that Joe Biden “admitted” on Wednesday, during his second solo news conference, “that the 2020 election may very well have been a fraud”.
Trump was likely referring to when Biden refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the 2022 midterm elections when pressed over Democrats’ federalized voting reform bill, which failed to pass in the U.S. Senate Wednesday evening.
“Speaking of voting rights legislation, if this isn’t passed, do you still believe the upcoming election will be fairly conducted and its results will be legitimate?” a reporter asked Biden during Wednesday’s press conference.
Biden responded, “It all depends on whether or not we’ll be able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election.”
Another reporter brought up his remarks in a further question to the Democrat career politician. “It easily could be illegitimate,” Biden said. “Imagine if, in fact, Trump had succeeded in convincing Pence to not count the votes.”
Specifically on 2022, Biden said, “Imagine if those attempts to say that the count was not legit, you have to recount it or we’re going to discard the following votes,” adding, “The increase of the prospect of it being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these reforms passed”. Continued Below
Responding to Biden’s remarks, the 45th President said in an email statement from his “Save America” PAC on Thursday, “President Biden admitted yesterday, in his own very different way, that the 2020 election may very well have been a fraud, which I know it was.”
“I’m sure his representatives, who work so hard to make it look legit, are not happy,” Trump added.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki took to Twitter on Thursday, defending Biden, by claiming that he “was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election.” Continued Below
“Lets be clear: @potus was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election. He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have those votes counted,” Psaki tweeted.
“He was explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact. The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it,” she claimed.
REPORTER: Will the midterm elections be fair and legitimate if the voting bill isn't passed?
BIDEN: "It depends on whether or not we’ll be able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election.” pic.twitter.com/COCp5RSfXB
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 19, 2022
This second attempt from Biden on whether the election will be legit is even worse.
"Oh, yeah, I think it could easily be illegitimate … The increase in the prospect of being illegitimate is in proportion to not being able to get these reforms passed." pic.twitter.com/nCyuAWSMXm
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 19, 2022
He was explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact. The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 20, 2022
Meanwhile, Kamala Harris and Jim Clyburn did not appear to be helping Jen Psaki’s attempted spin in Thursday morning interviews:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2022
Kasie: "You concerned that without these voting rights bills the election results won’t be legitimate?”
Clyburn: “I’m absolutely concerned about that." pic.twitter.com/f5Me2SfRZF
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) January 20, 2022
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