US President Donald J. Trump addressed throngs of supporters at a rally in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, attributing his election loss to “explosions of b——-” and calling on Vice President Mike Pence to do “the right thing,” as Congress was preparing to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Saying that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him, Trump vowed not to give in even as Inauguration Day is just two weeks away.
“We will never concede,” Trump told the cheering crowd. “You don’t concede when there’s theft.
“This year, they rigged an election. They rigged it as they’ve never rigged an election before,” Trump continued, referring to what he calls “fake news media” and social media companies.
“And by the way, last night they didn’t do a bad job,” he added, referring to runoff elections in Georgia deciding control of the Senate.
Trump characterized large, late influxes of ballots that swung the presidential election against him as “explosions of b——-” in a line that drew massive cheers from the large crowd.
He called on Pence to fight Wednesday’s certification of the election results in Congress, over which the veep presides as Senate president, echoing requests he has made on Twitter in recent days.
“I hope Mike is going to do the right thing,” Trump said. “I hope so. I hope so. Because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election.”
Trump spoke from a stage framed by signs for the “Save America March,” at a podium flanked by American flags fluttering in a chilly DC breeze.
As with his signature “Make America Great Again” rallies that became the hallmark of two presidential campaigns, Trump is being met by a sea of supporters decked out in red baseball caps and star-spangled shirts.
His remarks were preceded by a recorded highlight reel of campaigns and speeches through the years, and a playlist heavy on classic rock, including Phil Collins’ ominous “In the Air Tonight” juxtaposed with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”