US election: Trump lawyers’ wild press conference

Thursday - 19/11/2020 18:06
Rudy Giuliani speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP
Rudy Giuliani speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP
Hair dye ran down Rudy Giuliani’s face during an extraordinary press conference where Donald Trump’s legal team claimed they would overturn the election.

Donald Trump’s legal team held an extraordinary press conference on Thursday to make their case for overturning the election results, claiming it was stolen by “crooks” and infiltrated by “Communist money”.

The President’s legal team, headed by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Former Assistant US Attorney Sidney Powell, along with lawyers Jenna Ellis, Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing, outlined various cases the campaign was bringing in key swing states where Mr Trump narrowly lost to Joe Biden.

Mr Giuliani, hair dye dripping down the side of his face at one point, repeated claims of massive absentee ballot fraud, including during the counting in key Democrat-controlled urban centres where Republican poll watchers say they were illegally prevented from observing the process.

“In the states we have indicated in red, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona, we have more than double the number of votes needed to overturn the election in terms of provable, illegal ballots,” Mr Giuliani told reporters at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington DC.

“Look at the lawsuits, look at what’s alleged, look at the affidavits. We have a thousand at least.”

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Brandishing affidavits from witnesses, Mr Giuliani berated the assembled media, telling them it was “your job to read these things and not falsely report that there’s no evidence”.

Citing four witnesses in the campaign’s Michigan case, he said they described an incident “that in any other circumstances would have been on the front page of your newspapers” if it weren’t for the “irrational, pathological hatred you have for the President”.

“What they swear to is that at 4.30am, a truck pulled up to the Detroit centre where they were counting ballots,” he said.

“The people thought it was food so they all ran to the truck. It wasn’t food – it was thousands and thousands of ballots, and the ballots were in garbage cans, they were in paper bags, they were in cardboard boxes. They were taken into the centre, they were put on a number of tables.”
 

The Trump campaign claims it can overturn the election results. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP
The Trump campaign claims it can overturn the election results.
Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

 

Mr Giuliani said the witnesses swore that “every ballot they could see, every thing they could hear, these were ballots for Biden, and when they saw a ballot, these were ballots only for Biden, meaning there was no down-ticket”.

“Many of them didn’t have anything on the outer envelope because these ballots were produced very quickly, very swiftly, and they’re estimated to be minimum of 60,000, maximum 100,000,” he said.

“Many of them were triple-counted, meaning they were put into the counting machine once, twice, three times.”

Mr Giuliani argued the campaign was not alleging “singular voter fraud in one state” but a “pattern (that) repeats itself in a number of states”, in big cities – namely Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta.

“What happened on the morning of November 3? Did every Democrat leader in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona, did they all wake up separately and have the same idea?” he said.

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“That we are going to put Republican inspectors in pens and corrals, we’re not going to let them look at mail-in or absentee ballots? I think the logical conclusion is this was a common plan, a common scheme, that comes right from the Democratic Party and candidate. That’s the reason why he probably didn’t have to go out and campaign – he had to have known that they were going to do this.”

The lawyers also doubled down on wild allegations of fraud by voting machine company Dominion, which Mr Trump last week sensationally claimed had “switched 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide”.

“We use largely a Venezuelan voting machine, in essence, to count our vote,” Mr Giuliani said.

“If we let this happen we’re going to become Venezuela. We cannot let this happen to us. We cannot allow these crooks, because that’s what they are, to steal an election from the American people.”
 

Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP
Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

 

Ms Powell, who focused on the Dominion allegations, said what “we are really dealing with here and uncovering more by the day is the massive influence of Communist money through Venezuela, Cuba and likely China in the interference with our elections here in the US”.

“The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic software and the software that goes in other computerised voting systems here as well, were created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost another election,” she said.

“We have one very strong witness who has explained how it all works. It is a stunning, detailed affidavit because he was with Hugo Chavez while he was being briefed on how it worked, he saw it operate to make sure the election came out his way. That was the express purpose of creating the software.”

Ms Powell said as soon as the witness “saw multiple states shut down the (counting) on the night of the election, he knew the same thing was happening here”. She alleged that “one of its most characteristic features is its ability to flip votes”.

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“It can set and run an algorithm, that probably ran all over the country, to take a certain percentage of votes from President Trump and flip them to Biden, which we might never have uncovered had the votes for President Trump not been so overwhelming in so many of these states that it broke the algorithm that had been plugged into the system,” she said.

“That’s what caused them to have to shut down in the states they shut down in, that’s when they came in the back door with all the mail-in ballots, many of which they had actually fabricated.”

She also claimed the campaign had “mathematical evidence in a number of states of massive quantities of Trump votes being trashed, like you would on your computer with any file, and Biden votes being injected”.

Ms Powell said witnesses described ballots “on pristine paper with identically matching, perfectly circled dots for Mr Biden”, and that “people would re-run the same batch”.

“This corresponds to our statistical evidence that shows incredible spikes in the vote counts at particular times, and that corresponds to eyewitness testimony of numerous people who have come forward and said they saw ballots come in the back door at that time,” she said.

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