The majority of the Americans have elected the Democrat Joe Biden as the next US President. Still-incumbent Donald Trump, however, is trying to pull out all the stops to overturn Biden’s victory on the legal path. All news and developments at a glance:
Biden wins Georgia on second count too
Friday, November 20th, 1.30 a.m .: Democrat Joe Biden also won in Georgia after a vote recount. Georgia’s Home Secretary Brad Raffensperger told local broadcaster WSB-TV on Thursday that the difference between the first and second counts would “not fill a thimble.” There is “no doubt” that the state will formally confirm Biden’s victory over Republican incumbent Donald Trump on Friday.
In Georgia, Biden and Trump were about 14,000 votes apart by the original count. This made the recount necessary. The state with a population of 10.6 million – slightly less than Baden-Württemberg – has 16 electorates. According to data provider Edison Research, Biden is ahead of Trump with 232 in the presidential election with a total of 306 voters. Trump has not yet admitted his defeat.
Trump invites Michigan politicians to the White House
Friday, November 20th, 12:10 am: In the dispute over the election result in highly competitive Michigan, President Donald Trump has invited leading Republican politicians from the US state to the White House. Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Chairman Lee Chatfield are expected to visit Trump on Friday, the AP news agency learned from two people familiar with the matter. Shirkey and Chatfield initially made no comment.
Some Republicans try to challenge Trump’s challenger Joe Biden victory in Michigan. Specifically, the point is that Biden’s victory will not be confirmed in Michigan by a margin of 153,000 votes. Recently, developments in the metropolitan area of Detroit caused a stir: two Republican members of the electoral commission first confirmed Biden’s victory, but then tried to withdraw their confirmation. State officials said on Thursday that the certificate from the two commissioners was still valid. There is no “legal mechanism” by which the two can reverse their affirmation.
Shirkey and Chatfield had indicated that they did not want to reverse Biden’s victory. Shirkey’s spokeswoman said last week that Michigan law allows lawmakers to only select voters directly or to assign them to the presidential candidate who received the most votes.
Democrat Pelosi nominated again as Speaker of the House of Representatives
Thursday, November 19, 2:30 a.m .: Nancy Pelosi has been unanimously nominated by the Democrats as a candidate for the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives. High on her agenda for the next two years would be the passage of law enforcement reforms and changes to legislation on health and the environment, Pelosi said. “We have the coronavirus here, which shows the injustice in our health system that we must address in order to fight the virus, honor our heroes and to put money back into the pockets of the American people,” said the 80-year-old through their office.
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden congratulated Pelosi on the election. “He looks forward to working with her and the democratic leadership in the house on a common agenda to bring Covid-19 under control and rebuild our economy again and better,” the statement said. Democrats and Republicans have been at odds with a new Corona aid package for months. If no agreement can be reached in the coming weeks, grants are expected to be high on the agenda in early 2021.
The entire House of Representatives still has to vote for Pelosi in early January. Despite losing seats for the Democrats, Biden’s party was able to secure its majority in the chamber. It is therefore expected that Pelosi will prevail in the vote against the Republican candidate.
Trump pays partial recount in Wisconsin
Wednesday, November 18, 8:00 p.m .: US President Donald Trump now also wants to recount some of the votes in the state of Wisconsin. The president’s election campaign team transferred $ 3 million for a partial recount, the state’s electoral commission said.
The Trump side said it was about two districts. They were selected because there were most of the irregularities there, it said. Biden is vastly superior in both districts. In Dane County he is ahead of Trump with over 260 185 to 78,800 votes, in Milwaukee County with 317 270 to 134 357 votes.
In Wisconsin, Democrat Biden prevailed over Republican Trump by 20,470 votes, or 0.62 percentage points. The cost of a recount would only be borne by the state if the lead had been less than 0.25 percent. That’s why the Trump side had to transfer the money. A recount of all votes in the state would have cost Trump’s campaign team, according to authorities, $ 7.9 million.
Before concluding, there is a manual review of votes in Georgia. There Biden was ahead with around 14,000 votes before the recount began. During the inspection it was found that around 5600 counted votes were not included in the results, which reduced Biden’s lead by 1300 votes, reported the TV broadcaster Fox News.
Trump allies are now also suing in Nevada
Wednesday, November 18, 3:23 a.m .: After unsuccessful lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and other states, Republican allies of incumbent US President Donald Trump are now also suing the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in Nevada. Republicans are demanding that a court order “declares Trump the election winner in Nevada” or, alternatively, that the election results be annulled and no winner is confirmed. That emerges from the complaint filed by a group of Republican election observers on Tuesday.
It states that “fraud and abuse would make said Nevada election results illegal”. The election was manipulated by a faulty machine to check the signatures of the voters. It is also said that official election observers were denied access to the polling of the polls.
The lawsuit appears to be based on “parroting false allegations without firsthand knowledge of the facts,” said Dan Kulin, a spokesman for the Clark County Electoral Department in Nevada. Trump supporters would repeat allegations that the courts have already dismissed. According to official figures, Biden was ahead of Trump in Nevada with 33,596 votes.
There was also uproar in the state of Michigan, more precisely in the Wayne County district: On Monday evening, Republican representatives initially blocked the certification of votes in the relevant election body. After an outcry on social media, the Republicans lifted the blockade and certified the election result.
Trump fires head of authority after denial of fraud
Wednesday, November 18, 1:40 a.m .: The elected US President Donald Trump has fired a key head of the Department of Homeland Security for publicly denying allegations of alleged election fraud. The head of the agency for cyber and infrastructure security (CISA), Chris Krebs, was dismissed “with immediate effect”, wrote Trump on Twitter. His statement that the presidential election had not been manipulated was “highly inaccurate,” said Trump.
There were “massive irregularities”, claimed Trump. Among other things, the deceased had cast votes and voting machines had slammed Trump votes to the Democrat Joe Biden, the Republican continued. Twitter gave Trump’s fraud allegations a warning that the statements were “controversial”.
In an initial reaction, the spokeswoman for the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, criticized Trump’s actions. Cancer ensured the security of the elections and worked against dangerous misinformation, according to a statement by Pelosis. “But instead of rewarding this patriotic service, the President fired Krebs because (…) he rejected Trump’s ongoing campaign of election fraud.”
Krebs and other leading representatives of US authorities rejected Trump’s ongoing allegations in a joint statement last Thursday – without naming the president. “The November 3rd election was the safest in American history,” the statement said. They pointed out that the vote had not been tampered with through the use of computer software. “There is no evidence that a voting system deleted or changed votes – or was compromised in any way.”
Krebs, who previously worked for Microsoft, had held senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security since 2017. Trump appointed him head of the cybersecurity agency in February 2018.
Zuckerberg and Dorsey testify before the Senate
Tuesday, November 17th, 4 p.m .: Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, the bosses of Facebook and Twitter, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The focus is on the practice of social networks to provide content with increasingly frequent warnings that it could contain misleading or untrue statements.
The two company bosses had been summoned to the Senate three weeks ago. They were accused of secretly campaigning for Trump’s competitor Joe Biden.
Dorsey said in a written statement that his short message service Twitter had warned about 300,000 tweets of false or misleading information in the days surrounding the US election. That is 0.2 percent of all short messages that were sent between October 27 and November 11 in connection with the election. 456 of these tweets were not immediately readable for users.
Before the election, Dorsey and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had promised to aggressively protect their platforms against manipulation by foreign governments and attempts to incite violence because of the election results. After the election, Facebook deleted a group called Stop the Steal, which supporters of President Donald Trump used to organize protests against the counting of further ballots. Twitter has not stopped short of tweets from the president when it comes to warnings.
Republicans and Democrats watch large Internet platforms very closely. Trump and the Republicans accuse them of being biased against conservative views. The Democrats criticize that the companies did too little to counter false information and incitement to hatred. Therefore, both parties could come together to deprive Internet platforms of legal protection from being held responsible for the content distributed on their websites. This would require changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law dates from 1996 and was intended, among other things, to protect young Internet companies from legal problems. President-elect Joe Biden has also spoken out in favor of reform.
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