“Every legal – not illegal – vote should be counted,” she continued. “We must protect our democracy with complete transparency.”
The president has invoked similar language in alleging that his election defeat to Democratic challenger Joe Biden was the result of fraud, though hasn’t offered concrete evidence to support the claim.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us, if you count the votes that came in late,” the commander-in-chief claimed during a Thursday White House briefing.
The White House is pushing back on a report that he’s being urged to concede by his nearest and dearest.
Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News on Sunday that President Trump’s legal team plans to continue fighting the election outcome with a new round of court filings this week.
But what is the president’s family telling him to do?
The White House pushed back on a report that Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, was counseling him to throw in the towel.
The Times reports that on Saturday, Kushner did ask a group of political advisers to communicate to Trump the slim chance he would prevail in the courts after a meeting with campaign officials.
But soon after, on Twitter, the first lady echoed her husband’s claim of fraud.
“The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal—not illegal—vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency,” she wrote.
There was no indication that Trump had changed his mind. He spent Sunday morning tweeting and retweeting people who back up his mantra that the election was stolen.
He has not called Biden and gave no indication that he was planning any statements on Sunday as he got in his motorcade and drove to his golf course—where he was Saturday when the election was called for his rival.