President Donald Trump said President-elect Joe Biden would only be able to enter the White House as the next commander-in-chief if he can prove the 80 million votes he received in the November 3 election.
“Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous ‘80,000,000 votes’ were not fraudulently or illegally obtained. When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!” Trump tweeted on Friday.
The tweet was flagged by Twitter with a warning label that reads, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.” It is one of eight tweets Trump has posted in the last 24 hours that Twitter has flagged.
This week, Biden became the first presidential candidate in U.S. history to surpass 80 million votes, with final ballots still being counted.
More votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election than ever before.
Trump received the second-most votes of all time with over 73 million votes. Both Biden and Trump exceed the previous record holder, former President Barack Obama, who received 69.5 million votes in 2008.
The record voter turnout came despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with Americans voting by mail and through early voting in record-breaking numbers this year.
In his tweet, Trump targeted the large metropolitan and heavily Democratic areas in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — four states the president lost in the election.
Biden’s win flipped the historically-Republican states of Georgia and Arizona for the first time in nearly three decades. He also won the battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which went for Trump in 2016.
Trump has filed a string of lawsuits in these four states but most of his legal battles have been dismissed or ruled against him. Recounts have also been unsuccessful in changing the final outcomes.
This week, Michigan and Pennsylvania certified their election results.
Despite Biden’s widely acknowledged victory, the current president has refused to concede the election, making him the first president in history to do so.
On Monday, Emily Murphy, the head of the General Service Administration and a Trump appointee, finally authorized the beginning of the formal transition process. Trump thanked Murphy in a tweet “for her steadfast dedication and loyalty” to the country, but said he would keep fighting the results.
Trump and his allies had previously refrained from agreeing to a peaceful transition of power as they continue to dispute the results of the election.
Newsweek reached out to Biden’s transition team for comment but did not hear back before publication.
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