Donald Trump has incessantly said that he will not concede the US election, even though, for the first time, he appeared to accept that his opponent, Joe Biden, was victorious.
“He won because the Election was Rigged,” the Republican president wrote on Twitter, reiterating baseless claims of fraudulent elections.
An hour later, he emphasized that he would not concede to the President-elect, Joe Biden.
Numerous lawsuits have been initiated in in battleground states, though the President has failed to provide any substantial evidence to support his claims of the elections being rigged. All lawsuits, thus far, have been unsuccessful.
On Friday, election officials said the vote was the “most secure in American history” and there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised”.
Joe Biden remains president-elect. He accumulated 306 votes in the Electoral College, over and above the 270 threshold required to win. Recounts or legal action is unlikely to change the outcome.
Biden’s lead in the popular vote now also exceeds five million.
Trump has, however, until recently, refused to accept defeat in the election.
In a news conference on Friday, Mr Trump said “who knows” which administration would be in charge going forward.
His refusal to admit defeat has amplified worries about the US government’s capability to curb the increasing Covid-19 infection rates.