President Donald Trump promised Saturday that there would be a “big” and “wild” protest in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 to support keeping him in office, even though the current Electoral College vote shows Joe Biden as the winner.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump’s announcement came in a tweet Saturday. The demonstration is set to be held on the day Congress meets to count the Electoral College votes, finalizing Biden’s apparent win.
Peter Navarro releases 36-page report alleging election fraud ‘more than sufficient’ to swing victory to Trump https://t.co/D8KrMHnFdK. A great report by Peter. Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2020
“Patterns of election irregularities”
President Trump has consistently alleged that there was more than enough fraud in six key states to overturn election results there, which would give him a huge electoral victory. The states are Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.
In his Saturday tweet, Trump referenced a report by the director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, Peter Navarro, that claims there was more than enough clear fraud in the election to hand Trump the Electoral College victory.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Navarro report claims that “patterns of election irregularities…are so consistent across the six battleground states that they suggest a coordinated strategy to, if not steal the election, strategically game the election process in such a way as to…unfairly tilt the playing field in favor of the Biden–Harris ticket.”
Six types of fraud and irregularities are alleged, including outright voter fraud, ballot mishandling, contestable process fouls, equal protection clause violations, voting machine irregularities, and significant statistical anomalies, the Examiner reported.
The Navarro report adds: “Evidence used to conduct this assessment includes more than 50 lawsuits and judicial rulings, thousands of affidavits and declarations, testimony in a variety of state venues, published analyses by think tanks and legal centers, videos and photos, public comments, and extensive press coverage.”
Trump’s take on the report is that it was “statistically impossible” for him to have lost the 2020 election, therefore he has refused to concede to Biden and tried to get vote certifications stopped or delayed while evidence is gathered.
Many supporters have called for a huge rally to show support for Trump, and it seems the day Biden is formally declared the winner has been selected for a date.
According to CNBC, federal law requires Vice President Mike Pence to present the electoral votes and announce the winner, which will be uncomfortable given that Pence has supported Trump’s refusal to concede the election. Republican members of Congress could object to the vote count, but it doesn’t seem like they will have enough votes to do anything substantive to stop the vote.
Pence plans to leave the country for an overseas diplomatic trip just hours after he does this, CNBC reports, and will tout Trump’s accomplishments in a number of places around the world.