Giuliani’s Unhinged Press Conference Literally Dripping with Lies

Rudy Giuliani just held an embarrassing and unhinged press conference filled with endless lies, debunked conspiracy theories, and a lot of poorly applied hair dye. It has become abundantly clear why Trump put Giuliani in charge of his legal “strategy,” because he is the only one crazy enough to keep up with Trump’s baseless claims.

Giuliani’s press conference was all one big lie. 

MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin: “Rudy Giuliani is lying. A lot. That is all you need to know.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper: “Lie after lie after lie after lie”

Giuliani is trying to spread lies through public events because the campaign has repeatedly failed in court because there is no evidence of voter fraud.

Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: “It’s clear that because Rudy’s ridiculous claims have failed constantly in court, so badly they can’t even defend them anymore, the Trump campaign will merrily repeat them as part of a PR stunt to cast doubt on the election.”

Washington Post’s Amy Gardner: “Giuliani et al has had many opportunities to prove fraud in court, and they have failed. Over and over again. Why? Because there is no evidence that it happened in any measurable amount. None.”

CNN’s Jeremy Herb: “This. This. This. The Trump campaign’s claims are being rejected in court over and over so Rudy is trying to go to the cameras instead and convince his supporters there’s widespread fraud when there’s not.”

Giuliani falsely claimed there was voter fraud in Pennsylvania after telling a Pennsylvania court that it was not a fraud case.

Fox News’s Jason Donner: “At this presser, Rudy Giuliani keeps claiming voter fraud in Philadelphia, but he said this to a Pennsylvania court: ‘This is not a fraud case.’”

Giuliani tried to move the goalposts on Georgia’s recount after it became clear that it will confirm President-elect Biden won.

BuzzFeed News’s Sarah Mimms: “Trump campaign Nov. 10: Georgia must do a hand recount Guiliani today: ‘The recount done in Georgia will tell us nothing.’”

Giuliani cited witness affidavits that have already been dismissed for presenting no evidence of fraud.

Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: “Rudy now citing affidavit by Melissa Carone, a contract IT worker for Dominion. A Pennsylvania judge on Nov. 13 concluded that Carone’s ‘allegations are simply not credible.’”

CNN’s Katelyn Polantz: “A judge in Michigan has already read many ‘witness’ affidavits that alleged suspicions of election fraud, and found them to not be credible accusations.”

Giuliani couldn’t even get the specifics for his lies right and doesn’t seem to know what cases the campaign is currently arguing.

Bloomberg’s Josh Wingrove: “Rudy is also confusing the number of affidavits with the number of *pages* of affidavits.”

Bloomberg’s Josh Wingrove: “He’s also talking about a case in Michigan that the Trump campaign has dropped.”

Giuliani cited “My Cousin Vinny,” perhaps explaining why he has failed so miserably in court.

MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin: “This is real. This is what the Trump campaign wants you to hear from one of their representatives: Rudy Giuliani: ‘Did you all watch ‘My Cousin Vinny’? You know the movie? It’s one of my favorite law movies, because he comes from Brooklyn.’”

And finally, well, this happened…

BuzzFeed News: “16 Photos Of Rudy Giuliani In A Hot Room”

Politico’s Meredith McGraw: “Someone running the Trump campaign’s feed of this presser can be heard saying ‘can they hear us on the stream?’ and talking about ‘Rudy’s hair dye dripping down his face.’”

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Trump Sulks Over Election Defeat As More Than 250,000 Americans Have Died From Coronavirus

Trump’s failed leadership led to the U.S. having by far the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world. Now, as cases skyrocket, hospitalizations set new records, and deaths surpass 250,000, Trump is refusing to do anything. Instead, he is lying and sulking over his election defeat as his own administration warns that the pandemic will only get worse.

The U.S. is still the worst-affected nation in the world and just surpassed the grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths.

ABC News: “The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 11.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 250,537 deaths.”

Hospitals are overwhelmed, and hospitalizations have doubled in the past month and set new records each day this week.

Associated Press: “‘Tired to the bone’: Hospitals overwhelmed with virus cases”

Associated Press: “The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 in the U.S. has doubled in the past month and set new records every day this week. As of Tuesday, nearly 77,000 were hospitalized with the virus.”

A top Trump administration health official warned that hospitalizations and deaths will get worse as cases continue to skyrocket.

CNN: “’This will get worse.’ A top US official says hospitalizations and deaths will keep climbing as Covid-19 cases explode nationwide”

CNN: “‘We have had one million cases documented over the past week, our rate of rise is higher than it even was in the summer, we have hospitalizations going up 25% week over week,’ Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, told CNN. ‘There are so many more cases that we have, that deaths are going up.’”

As Americans die at an increasing rate, Trump refuses to do anything and is instead sulking over and lying about his election defeat.

CNN: “As the US speeds past the tragic mark of a quarter of a million Covid-19 deaths, its President is sulking in the White House over an election he lost fair and square and obstructing the effort by his soon-to-be successor, Joe Biden, to stand up a fight against the fast-worsening pandemic. President Donald Trump is fixated on his failing, threadbare challenges to the election and is tweet-spreading lies about vote fraud, instead of using his platform and power to confront a once-in-a-century health emergency he falsely assured the nation was all but over.”

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Trump’s Allies Abandon Him As His Failed Legal ‘Strategy’ Documents Biden’s Obvious Victory

Trump’s legal “strategy” has been a complete failure and has only further documented President-elect Biden’s obvious victory. Business leaders and his own chief of staff have accepted reality, but that hasn’t stopped Trump from lying about his election defeat.

Trump’s own chief of staff admitted Trump’s term was coming to an end.

CNN’s Kevin Liptak: “Mark Meadows attended GOP lunch at the Capitol today and offered what senators are describing as a good-bye message. Cornyn tells reporters Meadows talked about ‘basically just there are about 45 days left of the president’s term.’”

Business leaders have abandoned Trump and are calling on him to not delay President-elect Biden’s transition a moment longer.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO: President Trump “should not delay the transition a moment longer.”

National Association of Manufacturers leadership: “Further, we call on the Trump administration to work cooperatively with President-elect Biden and his team.”

JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO: “We need a peaceful transition. We had an election. We have a new president. You should support that whether you like it or not because it’s based on a system of faith and trust.”

The Business Roundtable: “Business Roundtable congratulates President-elect Biden on his election as 46th President of the United States.”

Trump’s legal “strategy” has been a failure and is only documenting Biden’s obvious victory in the election, which wasn’t even close.

Axios: “President Trump’s frantic post-election challenges are having the opposite effect of what he intended: He’s documenting his demise through a series of court fights and recounts showing Joe Biden’s victory to be all the more obvious and unassailable.”

Associated Press: “President-elect Joe Biden’s winning tally is approaching a record 80 million votes as Democratic bastions continue to count ballots and the 2020 election cracks turnout records.”

Trump continues to lie about the election, but he can’t change reality.

The Detroit News: “Despite what he says in tweets, President Trump lost Michigan”

NBC News: “Fact check: Trump’s bogus claim of more votes in Detroit than people”

PolitiFact: “A multitude of evidence supports the statement released by Krebs’ former agency that the election was not rigged. Trump’s claim is not grounded in evidence. We rate it Pants on Fire!”

Washington Post Fact Checker: “Trump is in overdrive, tweeting one absurd falsehood after another to delegitimize the election he lost.”

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Trump Fires Top Security Official For Telling The Truth As More Evidence Confirms There Was No Voter Fraud

Trump fired a top security official at the Department of Homeland Security after he told the truth and debunked Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud. At the same time, more evidence came out from across key states confirming that there was no voter fraud.

Trump fired the head of DHS’s office of cybersecurity and infrastructure security for telling the truth and rejecting his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

CNN: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the Department of Homeland Security official who had rejected Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud.”

Georgia completed its voting machine audit, found no sign of foul play and is set to complete its recount with no discrepancies found.

The Hill: “Georgia secretary of state says voting machine audit is complete, no sign of foul play”

CNN’s Marshall Cohen: “Election officials from 29 counties across Georgia told CNN they finished their audits and found no discrepancies with the results — further discrediting President Trump’s lies about widespread fraud in the state. Officials say the recount will end tomorrow and affirm Biden’s win”

A top Republican Maricopa County official said “there is no evidence of fraud or misconduct or malfunction” in the election results.

Republican Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: “More than 2 million ballots were cast in Maricopa County and there is no evidence of fraud or misconduct or malfunction.”

Wisconsin finished it’s canvass of the votes and President-elect Biden’s margin of victory over Trump widened.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Democrat Joe Biden slightly widened his small victory margin in Wisconsin, according to the final presidential vote tallies counties submitted to the state on Tuesday. The canvasses of the votes by Wisconsin’s 72 counties showed Biden won Wisconsin by 20,608 votes. That’s an improvement of 181 votes for Biden compared to the unofficial results in the Nov. 3 election.”

Michigan’s largest county unanimously certified its presidential results, despite Republicans’ baseless claims of voting irregularities.

CNN: “A bipartisan panel in Michigan’s largest county unanimously certified its presidential results on Tuesday night, a stunning reversal hours after Republicans had temporarily blocked certification based on dubious claims of voting irregularities in Detroit.”

The Trump campaign and its GOP allies just suffered another defeat in court after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled monitors had sufficient access.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Republican monitors observing vote counting in Philadelphia were given sufficient access under state law to view the proceedings.”

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Trump Threatens Vaccine Rollout As His Task Force Warns Of Further Deterioration

Trump’s delay of President-elect Biden’s transition hurts our nation’s pandemic response and threatens the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine, which could cost American lives. Meanwhile, Trump’s own task force has ramped up its warnings that current mitigation efforts are not working as the pandemic surges across the country.

The Trump administration’s delay of President-elect Biden’s transition hurts our nation’s pandemic response and threatens the vaccine rollout.

CNN: “Trump’s transition sabotage threatens vaccine rollout”

Politico: “Biden Covid advisers say transition delay hurts pandemic prep beyond vaccines”

Fox News: “Biden’s COVID advisers stress there’s ‘no time to waste’ on coronavirus transition”

The American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and the American Nurses Union urged Trump to move forward with the transition.

Health Leaders: “Leaders of numerous health organizations have voiced their concerns about how the delay in transition will impact the nation’s public health response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

Health Leaders: “In a joint statement released Tuesday morning, the presidents of the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) urged Trump and his administration to ‘work with the incoming Biden administration on COVID-19 response.’”

Fox and Friends’ Brian Kilmeade even said that it was in the nation’s best interest for Trump to start coordination with President-elect Biden on the virus.

CNN’s Brian Stelter: “On ‘Fox & Friends,’ Brian @kilmeade with a message to Trump about the transition: ‘It’s in the country’s best interest if he starts coordinating on the virus and starts coordinating on security with the Biden team.’”

Meanwhile, Trump’s own coronavirus task force has ramped up warnings of further deterioration as the pandemic worsens across the country.

NBC News: “Covid-19 cases are on the rise in all 50 states, NBC News data shows”

CNN: “The White House coronavirus task force has again ramped up its warnings to states in a weekly set of reports as the pandemic continues to aggressively worsen, raising alarms on the potential impact of rising cases on hospitals. ‘There is now aggressive, unrelenting, expanding broad community spread across the country, reaching most counties, without evidence of improvement but rather, further deterioration. Current mitigation efforts are inadequate and must be increased to flatten the curve to sustain the health system for both Covid and non-Covid emergencies,’ state reports dated November 15 obtained by CNN said.”

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DNC on America Passing 250,000 COVID-19 Deaths

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the United States passed 250,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic:

“A quarter of a million Americans have perished because of this pandemic. A quarter of a million lives have been taken by this administration’s inaction, incompetence, and cruelty. That’s one of the reasons the American people decided to elect new leadership to the White House. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will put the health and safety of the American people first. In fact, President-elect Biden has already appointed a COVID-19 task force led by public health experts to tackle this crisis and save lives. With daily cases at an all-time high and millions still out of work, we need bold leadership to stem the tide, coordinate the swift and widespread delivery of a vaccine, revive our economy, and finally end this pandemic once and for all. It’s time for action. It’s time to build back better.”

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Michigan Democratic Party Statement on Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers Attempt to Reverse the Certification of the County Election Results

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes regarding the Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers attempting to reverse the certification of the county election results.

“Rather than recognizing and apologizing for their conduct as members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann are attempting to reverse their decision again after certifying the election results on Tuesday evening. As we witnessed at the meeting earlier this week, it was abundantly clear that Chair Palmer has absolutely no idea what the role of the canvassing board is and no understanding of what her duties are as the Chair. And though she and Hartmann reversed their initial misguided vote at that meeting, they are now attempting to circumvent the canvassing process in Michigan by signing baseless affidavits that make outrageous claims against their fellow board members and the voters that bravely and boldly participated in the meeting on Tuesday.  It is clear that Palmer and Hartmann are simply kowtowing to the GOP party leadership. There is no legal basis to their claims nor does there exist a path for them to “take back” their vote.  Certifying all election results for the state is now in the hands of the Michigan Board of Canvassers.  

Monica Palmer issued a statement yesterday and in it, claimed “Democrats went off the hinges trying to suggest we wanted to suppress the Black vote, and that was not the case.” Racist conduct and acts of racism cannot be excused or denied because the perpetrator of the conduct or act declares that their intent was not racist.  Chair Palmer’s conduct and comments at the Board of Canvassers’ meeting on Tuesday were racist.  The fact that she claims now to be unable to understand that is nothing more than further reason for her to remove herself from that body and from public service entirely.  The time for silence on these matters is indeed over.  If she declines to resign, she should be removed.  Ignorance is not an excuse for racist conduct.  There is no political courage in the statement she issued, she continues to be misguided by GOP party leadership, and her furtherance of this issue will only invite more outrage.”

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Michigan Democratic Party Statement on Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield Traveling to Meet with the President

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes

“If you want to know what your legislators’ priorities are, it is important to not just hear what they say, watch what they do.  It is telling that Michigan GOP legislative leaders Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield are jetting off to Washington DC this week to meet with President Trump. They are more focused on continuing the GOP smoke and mirrors show designed to hide Trump’s humiliating defeat than taking care of the actual problems impacting Michiganders.  It is both shameful and dangerous that they would travel during a global health pandemic that has killed over 8,000 Michiganders while refusing to work with our Governor in offering relief to our front-line workers, our small business owners, and everyone impacted by this deadly virus. Both Shirkey and Chatfield are once again sending a message to everyone in this state that they care more about Trump than the people they were elected to serve.”  

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Trump’s Allies Can’t Accept Reality, So They Try To Commit Voter Fraud

Trump and his allies are trying to do everything they can to create evidence of voter fraud and change the election results, even going as far as pressuring Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State to commit voter fraud himself. Trump’s legal “strategy” continues to suffer embarrassing defeats in court because there is nothing they can do to change the reality that President-elect Biden won the election.

Trump’s allies have tried to pressure Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State to toss legally cast ballots in an effort to reverse Trump’s loss.

Washington Post: “Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that he has come under increasing pressure in recent days from fellow Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who he said questioned the validity of legally cast absentee ballots, in an effort to reverse President Trump’s narrow loss in the state…Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said. Raffensperger said he was stunned that Graham appeared to suggest that he find a way to toss legally cast ballots.”

Trump’s legal escapade further devolved into farce yesterday as his campaign tried to replace the entire team handling his baseless lawsuit in Pennsylvania hours before a hearing. 

Politico: “The game of musical chairs among lawyers pursuing President Donald Trump’s court challenges to the election results continued on Monday evening, as the campaign tried to replace the entire team handling the campaign’s federal lawsuit seeking to block certification of Pennsylvania’s results. A court filing said Marc Scaringi, a Harrisburg, Pa., attorney, conservative talk radio host and former Senate candidate, was taking over the case. The move came just hours before a potentially make-or-break court hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on motions by Pennsylvania state and county officials to dismiss the lawsuit. The legal escapade devolved into farce on Monday night as the federal judge rejected a move by the campaign to postpone that key hearing.”

Trump and his allies continue to have a very bad time in court because the simple reality is that Trump lost and there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. 

AP FACT CHECK: “Trump conclusively lost, denies the evidence”

BuzzFeed News: “Trump And Republicans Had A Very Bad 72 Hours In Court Trying To Challenge The Election Results”

The country’s top computer scientists and election security experts rebuked Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud.

New York Times: “Fifty-nine of the country’s top computer scientists and election security experts rebuked President Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud and hacking on Monday, writing that such assertions are ‘unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.’”

Even Trump’s own national security adviser has now admitted that Biden would be certified the winner of the election and vowed to proceed with the transition process.

NBC News: “President Donald Trump’s National Security Council is preparing for ‘a very professional transition,’ because it looks like Joe Biden has won the election, national security adviser Robert O’Brien said in comments that aired Monday.”

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Fact Checkers Agree: Biden Won Decisively, Almost Nothing Trump Says Is True

Fact checkers have had their work cut out for them over the past few days with Trump’s refusal to accept the election results and baseless claims of voter fraud. Almost nothing Trump says is true and he can’t change the reality that he was decisively beaten by President-elect Biden.

Fact checkers agree that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud and that President-elect Biden decisively won the election.

AP FACT CHECK: “Trump conclusively lost, denies the evidence”

FactCheck.org: “No evidence has been produced to support that assertion.”

Washington Post Fact Checker: “By any reasonable calculation, President Trump was decisively beaten by Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.”

Fact checkers have had their work cut out for them with Trump’s baseless claims and election denial, but almost nothing he or his allies say is true.

AP FACT CHECK: “President Donald Trump rebelled this past week against Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election with denial, delay and outright misrepresentation.”

CNN: “Trump did not win the election. So this was a fitting conclusion to his lie-filled weekend barrage of tweets, in which he continued to invent imaginary evidence in support of his attempt to deny Joe Biden’s victory. Almost nothing Trump is saying about the election is true.”

Washington Post Fact Checker: “There’s no law that says you cannot lie on television. So Giuliani has made the rounds of TV shows, making outrageous claims that fall apart instantly.”

Washington Post Fact Checker: “President Trump did not appear in public Monday. But the pixels of his Twitter feed continued to live in a world of alternative reality.”

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