In a sober, 45-minute address to the nation on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that one of his highest duties as president of the United States is to make sure that our elections are fair and secure. To that end, he said, his remarks comprised what could perhaps be termed “the most important speech I’ve ever made.” In that vein, Trump went on to reiterate his claim that “lots of bad things happened” in the 2020 Election, leading to a result that cannot be trusted as accurate.
“If we are right about the fraud, Joe Biden can’t be president. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of votes. We’re talking about numbers like nobody has ever seen before,” the president said in his most expansive comments yet about the election.
“We used to have what was called Election Day. Now we have election days, weeks and months, and lots of bad things happened during this ridiculous period of time,” Trump said. “The mail and voting scam is the latest part of their four-year effort to overturn the results of the 2016 election. And it’s been like living in hell.”
It’s not clear what directly prompted Trump to make this address, but it’s worth noting that it came only 24 hours after Attorney General William Barr told the Associated Press that the Department of Justice had “not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.” Reports have it that Trump was furious with what he considered a betrayal by Barr; some insiders say he has considered firing the attorney general before the end of his term in January.
Trump didn’t mention Barr in his speech on Wednesday, but he confirmed that his legal team is committed to finding the truth.
“This election is about great voter fraud, fraud that has never been seen like this before,” Trump said. “It’s about poll watchers who were not allowed to watch. So illegal. It’s about ballots that poured in, and nobody but a few knew where they came from. They were counted, and they weren’t for me. It’s about big leads on election night, tremendous leads, leads where I was being congratulated for a decisive easy victory. All of a sudden, by morning or a couple of days later, those leads rapidly evaporated. It’s about numbers of ballots that were sent that nobody know where they came from. It’s about machinery that was defective, machinery that was stopped during certain parts of the evening, miraculously to open with more votes.
“We are going to defend the honesty of the vote by ensuring that every legal ballot is counted and that no illegal ballot is counted,” he continued. “This is about ensuring that Americans can have faith in this election and in all future elections.”