President-elect Joe Biden accused President Trump of an “unprecedented assault on democracy” in a speech Monday night hours after the Electoral College formalized his victory.
Trump has refused to concede the election and has tried repeatedly to use the courts to overturn the results of the election without success.
Biden, speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, ran through some of Trump’s legal challenges, and concluded that “they were found to be without merit” every time.
“Every single avenue was made available for President Trump to contest the results,” Biden said. “He took full advantage of each and every one of those avenues. President Trump was denied no course of action he wanted to take.”
He also highlighted the outgoing president’s insistence that he won in a “landslide” in 2016 with 306 electoral votes, the same number Biden won in 2020.
“At the time, President Trump called the Electoral College tally a landslide,” Biden said. “By his own standards, these numbers represented a clear victory then. And I respectfully suggest they do so now.” Trump won 232 electoral votes.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday slammed Biden’s victory speech as “divisive” because he dared to call out Trump’s “unprecedented assault on democracy.”
In her argument, McEnany lied about the Russian investigation being “fake” and impeachment being “baseless” — while lying about election “rigging.”
Joe Biden should not ever utter the words “unprecedented assault on democracy.”
THIS was an “assault on democracy” ⬇️
❌ THREE YEAR fake Russia investigation
❌ BASELESS impeachment
❌ RIGGING election with mass mail-in voting w/ no safeguards
This is a DIVISIVE speech!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) December 15, 2020