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McEnany Whines About 2016 Transition To Justify Trump’s Misconduct

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday justified Donald Trump's refusal to concede that he lost the election by running through a list of grievances about how Democrats treated Trump in 2016.

Trump has refused to admit that he lost the 2020 election, instead tweeting debunked claims of voter fraud and election rigging. The General Services Administration, which is responsible for administering the transition to brief and prepare President-elect Joe, has refused to ascertain that Biden did indeed win the election and continues to block the transition.

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Rubio Threatens Senate Blockade Of Biden Cabinet Picks

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on Wednesday that the Senate should stop the tradition of granting deference to Cabinet nominees offered by President-elect Joe Biden. Rubio justified his position by claiming that Democrats "have been just so unfair" to Donald Trump.

"There'll be a lot less deference given to presidential appointments because there was zero deference given to President Trump's appointments," Rubio told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

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Top Georgia Official: Audit Shows No Sign Of Election Fraud [VIDEO]

Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's Republican secretary of state, said on Tuesday that an audit of voting machines used in several counties during the 2020 presidential election did not show evidence of hacking or tampering.

Pro V&V, the testing laboratory hired to do the auditing, "found no evidence of the machines being tampered," Raffensperger said in a press release.

The tests were conducted in Floyd, Paulding, Cobb, Morgan, Spalding, and Douglas counties.

"Those were the — those particular counties were chosen because those are the ones that had been elevated concerns from the Republican Party and other activist groups," Raffensperger told a local TV station. "We wanted them to go ahead and just knock that out and answer people's questions and give them that assurance."

Democratic candidate Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in Georgia by over 14,000 votes and became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since Bill Clinton in 1992.

Trump has been promoting conspiracy theories and the false claim that votes cast on voting machines were tampered with and flipped from him to Biden.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, whose leadership was chosen by Trump, recently certified the security of the 2020 election and found no evidence of fraud or manipulation.

Biden defeated Trump by over 5.7 million votes and won the Electoral College by a vote of 306 to 232. He will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021.

From the Nov. 17 edition of "Action News" on ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta:

LINDA STOUFFER, WSB-TV: A randomized audit of the actual voting machines in key counties found no hacking and no tampering took place.
BRAD RAFFENSPERGER: We conducted a randomized sampling and audit that included Floyd, Paulding, Cobb, Morgan, Spalding, and Douglas counties. Pro V&V conducted this for our office.
MARK WINNE, WSB-TV: Are you confident that study is comprehensive enough?
RAFFENSPERGER: Those were the — those particular counties were chosen because those are the ones that had been elevated concerns from the Republican Party and other activist groups, and we wanted them to go ahead and just knock that out and answer people's questions and give them that assurance.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Pennsylvania AG: We're Counting Every Vote No Matter What Trump Threatens

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Wednesday that he doesn't "pay a whole lot of attention" to Donald Trump's threats to take a case about stopping the vote count in Pennsylvania to the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday night, Trump prematurely and inaccurately proclaimed victory in the election and said of ongoing vote counting in states like Pennsylvania, "We'll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court — we want all voting to stop."

Asked about Trump's comments on CNN, Shapiro dismissed the threat and went on to say that mail-in votes would be counted.

"The president wants this settled. Joe Biden wants it settled. The people of Pennsylvania want it settled. My kids want it settled, right? And the best way to settle this is to count. And to make sure that we have an accurate count. And that all legal, eligible votes are part of that process," Shapiro said.

While Trump had a lead in Pennsylvania of nearly 700,000 votes on election nights, counting of absentee ballots was delayed and it is expected that the bulk of the 1.4 million remaining ballots will favor Joe Biden.

Trump Prods Netanyahu To Attack Biden — And Gets Rebuffed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday declined to take the bait when Donald Trump invited him to attack Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Trump hosted Netanyahu and other foreign leaders on a conference call in the Oval Office to announce "normalization of relations," according to the White House.

"Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi? Sleepy Joe, do you think he would have made this deal somehow?" Trump asked Netanyahu.

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McConnell Says Providing More Relief To Working Families Isn’t ‘Appropriate’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday it was "appropriate" that his proposed coronavirus relief legislation would not include stimulus checks for millions of Americans.

When asked by reporters if his bill would include stimulus checks, McConnell said, "no it doesn't" and justified the omission, noting, "We thought about $500 billion was appropriate at this juncture."

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With 219,000 Dead, Trump Says Media Are ‘Dumb Bastards’ For Reporting On Covid-19

Donald Trump referred to journalists reporting on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as "dumb bastards" during a campaign rally in Arizona on Monday.

"They're getting tired of the pandemic, aren't they? Getting tired of the pandemic. You turn on CNN, that's all they cover," said Trump, pointing to the press at the back of the crowd. "You know why? They're trying to talk everybody out of voting. People aren't buying it, CNN, you dumb bastards. They're not buying it."

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Eric Trump Claims His Father ‘Literally Saved Christianity’

Eric Trump claimed in an Oct. 2 interview that his father "saved Christianity" in America.

"He's literally saved Christianity," Eric Trump told a radio station in North Dakota. "There's a full-out war on faith in this country by the other side."

Eric Trump also claimed Democrats are "the party" of atheism and said, "they want to attack Christianity."

This is untrue. Both parties have members who are atheists, and while there are more within the Democratic Party, most Democrats say that they are Christians.

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WATCH: McEnany Won’t Say Where Ballots Were Found 'In A River’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday refused to tell reporters, after repeated inquiries, what "river" Donald Trump was referencing when he alleged that ballots had been "found" in "a river."

In remarks to the press last Thursday, Trump made the allegation as part of his ongoing attacks on mail-in voting.

"It was reported in one of the newspapers that they found a lot of ballots in a river," Trump claimed. "They throw them out if they have the name 'Trump' on it, I guess. But they had ballots."

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Woodward Calls On Congress To Curtail Trump’s Assault On Constitution

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said that Donald Trump "cannot stabilize the electoral process" and is in fact making it unstable through his rhetoric and actions, including his performance in the first presidential debate.

Woodward called on Congress to "step up" and solve what he described as a "constitutional problem."

"It's reached a boiling point," Woodward said on Wednesday. "I mean we are teetering here. The Congress needs to step up."

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FBI Director: Russia Is Intervening In 2020 Election To 'Denigrate Vice President Biden'

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in Congress on Thursday that his agency and other U.S. intelligence officials are observing "very active efforts by the Russians to influence our elections" in an effort to "denigrate Vice President Biden."

The intelligence community previously determined that Russia had made such efforts during the 2016 presidential election as part of a campaign to assist Donald Trump. Trump has consistently downplayed and disputed those findings.

On Tuesday, Trump told reporters that he believes "the massive mail-in ballot" is "much more dangerous" than Russian election interference. Millions plan to vote by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans on Trump's watch.

From a Sept. 17 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security:

REP. BENNIE THOMPSON (D-MS): Can you tell me if, as of this date, you have information that Russia is trying to influence the election for 2020?
CHRISTOPHER WRAY: Yes, I think the intelligence community's consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our election, primarily through what we would call malign foreign influence, as opposed to what we saw in 2016 where there was also an effort to target election infrastructure, you know, cybertargeting? We have not seen that second part, yet, this year or this cycle.
But we certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020 through what I would call more the malign foreign influence side of things: social media, use of proxies, state media, online journals, etc., an effort to both sow divisiveness and discord and, and I think the intelligence community has assessed this publicly, to primarily, to denigrate Vice President Biden and what the Russians see as kind of an anti-Russian establishment, that's essentially what we're seeing in 2020.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

WATCH: Despite Blatant Lying, Kushner Says Trump ‘Very Forthcoming’ On Virus Danger

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is also Donald Trump's son-in-law, said on Tuesday that Trump had been "very forthcoming" on the virus, despite admitting in February he downplayed the threat.

Kushner also criticized "governors" and "the media" for being "hysterical" about the administration's response to the coronavirus, which has so far killed more than 194,300 Americans to date.

Trump told reporter Bob Woodward in February that he was actively downplaying the threat of the virus, even while he was aware that it was extremely deadly and airborne.

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‘Cheerleader’ Trump Tries To Talk His Way Past Woodward Revelations

Donald Trump is defending his decision to downplay the coronavirus outbreak, telling reporters his deception occurred because he is a "cheerleader for this country."

"I love our country and I don't want people to be frightened, I don't want to create panic," Trump said on Wednesday. "We don't want to instill panic, we don't want to jump up and down and start shouting that we have a problem that is a tremendous problem, scare everybody."

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WATCH: Fox Analyst Says Trump Tossed Campaign Funds ‘Into Wood Chipper’

Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt on Tuesday called the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by Donald Trump's reelection campaign "jaw-dropping."

Stirewalt said that news that Trump had squandered $800 million of the $1.1 billion in donations the campaign has accumulated was akin to putting the money "into this wood chipper."

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DeVos Blames ‘Coordinated Effort’ For Parental Fear Of Reopened Schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday claimed that the precipitous drop in support among parents for in-person schooling during the pandemic is the result of a "coordinated effort" to convince parents not to send their kids back to school.

The results of a Gallup poll released on Aug. 3 showed support for in-person schooling down to 36 percent, a drop of 20 percentage points from the previous month. The same poll showed an increase of 21 percentage points for remote learning.

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Rep. Kinzinger Says Trump Wants Jobless Relief Because ‘He Has An Election’

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) complained on Thursday that Donald Trump was motivated by an "election in November," and that is making it difficult for Republicans to be unified in negotiations over virus relief.

Speaking to the Guy Benson Show for a radio interview, Kinzinger said, because of Trump, Republicans may concede to Democrats and pass something because "the pressure's too great."

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Nevada Can’t Use Mail Ballots, Says Trump, Because It’s ‘Very Political’ — And Democratic

Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Nevada should not be allowed to proceed with mail-in voting because "it's a very political state and the governor happens to be a Democrat."

Trump's campaign sued the state on Tuesday, opposing a recent expansion of mail-in voting there in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The state's June primary was held almost entirely by mail without incident.

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