President Donald J. Trump, ahead of Wednesday’s pivotal meeting by Congress to certify the Electoral College vote results, addressed thousands upon thousands of supporters in Washington, D.C.—and robustly maintained that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
“We won this election, and we won it by a landslide … I’ve been in two elections, and I won them both, and the second one, I won much bigger than the first,” said Trump to a massive crowd.
“And by the way, does anybody believe that Joe [Biden] got 80 million votes?”
“We will not let them silence your voices,” Trump told the crowd at the “Save America March” on Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021. “We will never give up. We will never concede … We will not take it anymore,” he also said, referring to a “rigged election.”
Trump also said he was honored to stand before “hundreds of thousands of American patriots, [who] are committed to the honesty of our elections and the integrity of our glorious republic.” He said he did not want to see an election victory “stolen by a bold and radical left.”
Trump began speaking at roughly 12 noon.
Meanwhile, as the Dow on Wednesday hit a record high, the final outcome of the special Senate runoff elections in Georgia has not yet been determined, though Democrats are feeling confident about their chances of a double win. It would give them the majority in the Senate—and control of Congress.
Democrat Raphael Warnock, a longtime pastor, narrowly defeated incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffer (R-GA). The outcome of the Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)-Jon Ossoff race, however, is still too close to call as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
During the packed rally in D.C. on the Ellipse before the president began speaking, Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson told the crowd, “You put him right here in the White House, not once but twice.”
She added, “We were all there through this 2020 election cycle. We’ve seen these crowds— unlike, you know, Joe Biden and his six ‘hula hoops,’” she said, a reference to the extremely small crowds that Biden drew during the campaign and the distanced “circle areas” his staff established for attendees during a year of coronavirus.
“The guy couldn’t even get 1,000 views online,” Pierson continued, “but we’re supposed to believe that he had more votes than Barack Obama.”
She added bluntly, “We are watching today. We are taking names today … Today, moving forward, we have hundreds of days for them to hear from us, to see us, and for us to work on replacing them one by one if we have to.”
She also pointed out that “this president has sacrificed everything for this country and has asked for nothing in return … He loves the United States of America, he loves God, he loves our flag, and he loves all of you.”
In a related development on Wednesday, Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones—a lifelong Democrat who has been a staunch supporter of President Trump and who spoke at the Republican National Convention in the summer of 2020—just announced that he is becoming a member of the GOP.
“Now more than ever,” Jones tweeted, “the Republican Party is in desperate need of leaders that know how to fight. I know how to fight.”
Also on Wednesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted about today’s Electoral College vote challenge: “It’s about the Constitution.”
See these related tweets, too, as Wednesday’s multiple events continue to unfold.
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This article was written by Maureen Mackey. She is a writer, editor, and digital content strategist in the New York City area.