Outgoing President Donald Trump was dealt another major blow after one of his main arguments for electoral fraud was reportedly dissolved.
The Democratic Party candidate has so far received 290 votes for the electoral college to claim victory, and while three states – Alaska, Georgia, and North Carolina – still count, they would make no difference to the bottom line.
To win a US election, a candidate must get 270 decisive votes for the electoral college to claim victory, and Mr Trump only has 214.
Since then, Mr. Trump has made a number of allegations of electoral fraud, claiming repeatedly that his rivals tried to “steal” his election.
One of the main suspected pieces of evidence from the Trump team was allegations of election rigging made by U.S. postal worker Richard Hopkins.
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In a signed affidavit, Mr. Hopkins urged Postmaster Rob Weisenbach, of Erie, Pennsylvania, to backdate the votes actually cast after election day – which would be a violation of the rules.
His claims were made public by Project Veritas, a far-right activist group. Founder James O’Keefe described him as an “American hero” while Donald Trump himself greeted Mr. Hopkins as a “brave patriot”.
At that time, however, Mr. Weisenbach denied the allegations and posted on Facebook that they were “100 percent wrong” and “were made by an employee who had recently been disciplined several times”.
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An official investigation was opened in response to – but according to – Mr Hopkins’ explosive allegations Washington PostThe 32-year-old admitted on Monday that his claims were false.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee jumped at the news and posted on Twitter that Mr. Hopkins had “fully retracted” the claims made in his “false affidavit”.
But Project Veritas posted its own tweet, along with footage, claiming to show federal agents trying to “force” Mr. Hopkins to “water down” his story.
In a YouTube video posted by the organization, Mr. Hopkins also has those Washington Post To “retract” their story and claim “that did not happen” and that he “did not retract” his comments.
The suggestion that Mr Hopkins retracted his original allegations has sparked a wave of anger among Americans, who are increasingly frustrated with the Trump team’s refusal to admit.
The 74-year-old has constantly tweeted a number of fraud allegations on Twitter, many of which have been slapped with a warning from the social media platform that “this election fraud claim is controversial”.
“I don’t care what condition you are in. This computer voting system is open to fraud and intervention. Right, and wait until you see what’s coming! ‘Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday afternoon.
But Trump supporters have taken the bizarre and changing story as further “evidence” that the election was rigged.
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