Though the Trump campaign has failed to document significant fraud anywhere in the country, campaign lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani claimed at a news conference Thursday that President Trump lost the election because of a convoluted, baseless conspiracy. Giuliani offered no proof to back up his claims, some of which have been previously debunked, saying that he would do so at some later date.
Throughout the conference, Giuliani made false allegations using highly incendiary language. His comments were met with condemnation from Democrats and skepticism from some Republicans. Appearing on Fox News shortly after the news conference, longtime GOP operative Karl Rove said Giuliani had made some “somewhat strange accusations.”
“They better come up with proof,” he said. “By God, you cannot make an accusation like that without following it through, without going to court and trying to prove it.”
On Thursday, Giuliani falsely suggested that Biden had directed a “national conspiracy” to shade ballot counting in multiple states, relying heavily on officials in “big cities controlled by Democrats ... that have a long history of corruption.”
Giuliani also claimed, with no evidence, that “there was a plan from a centralized place to execute these various acts of voter fraud.”
“I think the logical conclusion is this is a common plan, a common scheme," he said. “It comes right directly from the Democrat Party, and it comes from the candidate.”
Biden campaign spokesman Michael Gwin called the press conference a “Rudy Giuliani spectacle” that “exposes, as his appearances always do, the absurdity of Donald Trump’s thoroughly discredited claims of voter fraud.”
“No matter how hard Trump and the flailing Giuliani try, they cannot overturn the will of the American people,” Gwin said in a statement.
During the news conference, Giuliani and other Trump campaign lawyers regurgitated a series of claims that have been made in an array of lawsuits, many of which are already dismissed and one in Michigan that was withdrawn earlier Thursday.
Trump’s lawyers pleaded for patience, claiming they would assemble a compelling case that would overturn results in enough states to usher in a second Trump administration. They have so far failed to do so: Nearly every GOP challenge has been tossed out, and not a single vote has been overturned.