Melania Trump called for “complete transparency” in the counting of votes in the 2020 presidential election, and in a Sunday tweet claimed that Americans “deserve a fair election.
“The American people deserve fair elections,” said the first lady. “Every legal – not illegal – vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency”.
The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal – not illegal – vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency.
– Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 8, 2020
This is the First Lady’s first public remark since Joe Biden was predicted to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Her statement comes after CNN reported that she advised the president to accept his loss. However, the Trump campaign has since challenged the CNN report.
Washington Newsday turned to the White House for additional comments on the First Lady’s tweet.
About seven minutes after Melania’s tweet, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Since when has Lamestream Media been naming who will be our next president? We all learned a lot in the last two weeks!”
Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be? We have all learned a lot in the last two weeks!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2020
The President’s tweet echoed similar comments from Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
“The media are desperately trying to get everyone to crown Joe Biden as the next president,” Crus said at a Fox News appearance on Sunday. “But it doesn’t work that way, the media can’t elect our president, the American people can elect our president.
Although the total number of votes is not yet official and Trump has not yet yielded, Associated Press and major television stations called for the election of Joe Biden on Saturday, as he narrowly won in Pennsylvania. With the state’s 20 voters, Biden exceeded the 270 votes needed to secure the White House.
Trump hinted on Saturday that he would not cede the election to Biden and, according to the AP, threatened “unspecified legal action.
Cruz and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, also said on Sunday that it was too early for President Donald Trump to allow the election.
The Trump campaign has already filed several lawsuits since election day, many of which concern potential voter fraud.
A Federal Election Commission (FEC) official told CNN on Saturday that there was “no evidence” of voter fraud in the country.
“Very few substantiated complaints, let me put it this way,” said Ellen Weintraub, an FEC official. “There is no evidence of any kind of election fraud. There is no evidence of illegal voting.”
The Republican National Committee announced on Friday that it had deployed “Legal Challenge Teams” in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to the New York Times.
Both the Trump campaign and the Republican Party also filed lawsuits to try to stop the counting of ballots. However, the lawsuits failed to gain traction in court, as many of the lawsuits did not appear to contain solid evidence of wrongdoing.