Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, President Donald Trump launched into a torrent of discredited conspiracy theories about a stolen 2020 election in his first interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden earlier this month.
Trump, who still has not conceded to Biden weeks after news networks called the race for Biden, dusted off his most ludicrous claims as host Maria Bartiromo sat by without objection in Sunday’s live phone interview.
The outgoing president claimed, without providing any evidence, that some states allowed voters to turn in ballots after Election Day; that vote-counting machines were rigged to favor the former Democratic vice president; and even that the FBI, the Justice Department and the federal court system were complicit in an attempt to cover up election fraud.
None of these claims is true. Even the president’s own campaign legal team has never actually alleged fraud in court because they know there is not a case.
Nevertheless, Trump baselessly claimed once again that the 2020 election was “rigged” against him, just minutes after senior GOP Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri admitted on another network, CNN, that the election was not in fact rigged.
“This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud,” Trump argued.
But the most bizarre claim during the interview came when he blasted the courts for not accepting his conspiracy theories. Several federal judges he has appointed over the last four years, have been almost uniformly ruling against his campaign legal team in its bid to overturn the election results.
“I wanted to file one suit — Donald J Trump, President of the United States against… you know,” the president said, unable to name who the defendant in such a suit would actually be.
“Put everything into one simple suit. And they say, ‘Sir, you don’t have standing.’ I say, ‘I don’t have standing? President of the United States — I don’t have standing?’ What kind of a court system is this?” Trump said.
Watch a portion of the interview below, via Fox news.
Maria Bartiromo's facial expressions as Trump pushes obscene lies about election fraud are priceless pic.twitter.com/xdt5aflm2W
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 29, 2020
Trump: They say you don’t have standing. You mean as president of the United States, I don’t have standing. What kind of a court system is this? pic.twitter.com/JXQUhmpOZZ
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) November 29, 2020