Tucker Carlson claims 2020 election was 'rigged against Trump' as he brands electronic voting systems as ‘untrustworthy’
TUCKER Carlson claimed the 2020 election was “rigged in plain view” against Donald Trump – and branded electronic voting systems as “untrustworthy”.
The Fox News host launched a lengthy monologue on his Monday night show just hours after the President finally allowed the transition period to a Biden presidency to begin.
Carlson begun the show by claiming the election was “not fair” and that “the system was rigged against one candidate in favour of another… in ways that were hidden from view”.
The cable news host also took aim at electronic voting systems – and called for a return to hand-counting paper ballots without the use of machines.
He continued: “You’ve heard a lot over the past few days about the security of our electronic voting machines.
“And this is a real issue, no matter who raises it or who tries to dismiss it out of hand as a conspiracy theory.
“Electronic voting is not as secure as traditional hand-counting, period. It never will be as secure.”
Carlson, a longtime supporter of the President, went on to say that other countries avoid using electronic voting as they too “know it undermines confidence in democracy”.
It follows allegations from the President that machines made by Dominion Voting Systems had deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide – though the firm has strongly denied this.
During the show, the Fox News star also claimed the Democrats had “used” the coronavirus pandemic to swing the voting system in their favour.
He added: “They vastly increased the number of mail-in ballots because they knew their candidates would benefit from less secure voting, and they were right”.
Closing his statement, he added: “They rigged the election in front of all of us, and nobody did anything about it.”
In the aftermath of the election, the Trump campaign has repeatedly argued that the outcome was “rigged” as a result of widespread voter fraud.
The President and his allies have not yet released evidence to support their claims, but continue to wage a series of legal battles in key swing states to contest the election results.
But so far this has proved fruitless – with multiple courts across the country refusing to pursue the lawsuits filed by Trump's legal team.
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement insisting there “is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised”.
And in a fatal blow to Trump's bid for re-election, the General Services Administration's (GSA) Emily Murphy last night said the federal agency would acknowledge Biden as “the apparent winner” of the election.
The announcement means the President-elect will have access to vital security briefings and government officials ahead of taking office on January 20.
Responding to the news, Trump wrote: “In the best interest of our country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
Ms Murphy has faced criticism from Democrats and the GOP for stalling the transition, which is usually a routine process between the election and inauguration.
It comes as a growing number of Republican senators urged Trump to concede defeat.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, who is retiring, said the President should “put the country first” and enable a smooth transition.
And West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito said that “at some point, the 2020 election must end”.
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