President Donald Trump appeared to back the plan of reclaiming the election result in Congress on 6 January in a series of tweets on Saturday morning.
A joint session of House and Senate politicians will meet on 6 January to count the electoral votes. In what is usually a rubber-stamping exercise, sealed certificates submitted by each state are opened by the vice president, who oversees the process.
However, if there are written objections from members of both the House and Senate, a vote by both chambers can be triggered.
Several Republican congressmen have said they will object. Incoming Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville has suggested he will.
On Saturday morning, Mr Trump tweeted: “The ‘Justice’ Department and the FBI have done nothing about the 2020 Presidential Election Voter Fraud, the biggest SCAM in our nation’s history, despite overwhelming evidence. They should be ashamed. History will remember. Never give up. See everyone in D.C. on January 6th.”
In another tweet, the president wrote: “If a Democrat Presidential Candidate had an Election Rigged & Stolen, with proof of such acts at a level never seen before, the Democrat Senators would consider it an act of war, and fight to the death. Mitch & the Republicans do NOTHING, just want to let it pass. NO FIGHT!”
Supreme Court ‘incompetent and weak’ over election fraud
A third read: “The U.S. Supreme Court has been totally incompetent and weak on the massive Election Fraud that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election. We have absolute PROOF, but they don’t want to see it – No ‘standing’, they say. If we have corrupt elections, we have no country!”
Recently, several moves made by America’s highest court frustrated the president and his allies.
The Supreme Court—with five conservative justices and three of them appointed by Trump—rejected Texas’s bid to challenge the 2020 election results in four battleground states.
In another election-related case, the court set a deadline two days after the presidential inauguration day showing apparently no interest to take meaningful action about the alleged election fraud.
A “fake president”
President Trump then said Joe Biden was a “fake president” and compared the 2020 election to those held in Afghanistan.
He wrote: “A young military man working in Afghanistan told me that elections in Afghanistan are far more secure and much better run than the USA’s 2020 Election. Ours, with its millions and millions of corrupt Mail-In Ballots, was the election of a third world country. Fake President!”
President Trump also tweeted about the joint stimulus and omnibus spending bill which he has refused to sign, meaning unemployment benefits could be affected and risking a government shutdown from next week.
He wrote: “I simply want to get our great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill. Also, stop the billions of dollars in ‘pork’.”