Senator Bernie Sanders warned his supporters that President Donald Trump was trying to “destroy faith in democracy” by challenging key 2020 election results as part of a deliberate move toward authoritarianism.
The former Democratic primary candidate added that the commander-in-chief was trying to “undermine the legitimacy of an election” by trying to stop the counting of ballots on several battlefields by bringing lawsuits in state courts.
“This election is about many things, but most of all it is about protecting American democracy from a demagogue and an authoritarian. Every day Trump undermines American democracy and our values”.
The Senator from Vermont later added: “As you will all remember, back in 2016, when Trump won Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin with a handful of votes, less than 110,000 votes combined, the electoral system worked, just great, perfect, without any problems.
“But now that he seems to be losing, that very system is a ‘scam’. And according to Trump, they are stealing the election.
“They undermine the legitimacy of an election, which Trump has been doing for months now, destroying demagogues’ faith in democracy and pushing us toward authoritarianism. Let’s make sure we don’t let him get away with it.”
Why it matters
The results of the 2020 presidential elections are still unclear three days after the polls on election day, and a handful of important states on the battlefield are still in the process of ending their election campaigns.
At the time of writing, the total number of votes for Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s electoral college is 253 compared to 214 votes for Trump (according to NEP/Edison Research data), as the races in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada are still pending.
But despite the ongoing vote counting, the president has repeatedly declared himself the winner when allegedly “illegal votes” are deducted from the Tallies in the key swing states.
“I can easily win the US presidency with LEGAL VOTES CAST,” Trump tweeted on Friday morning. “The OBSERVERS were in no way allowed to do their job, and therefore votes cast during this period must be counted as ILLEGAL VOTES CAST.
The Commander-in-Chief also delivered an election night speech in which he said that counting the ballots after election day was a “fraud against the American public” while falsely calling himself the winner.
The Trump campaign has filed several lawsuits that raise problems with the counting of postal ballots and the alleged denial of access to Republican election observers to observe the counting of votes.
“President Trump’s campaign has been denied meaningful access to numerous counting sites to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process as guaranteed by law in Michigan,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement Wednesday.
On Thursday, it was reported that a Michigan state judge had dismissed a complaint filed by the campaign demanding that the counting of ballots be halted until the GOP election observers had proper access to the counting stations.