First lady Melania Trump speaks out in calling for the protection of our “democracy with complete transparency,” and that every legal vote to be counted, disputing CNN report that alleges that she urged her husband President Trump to accept that he lost the 2020 Presidential Election to Democrat Joe Biden.
“The American people deserve fair elections,” Melania tweeted Sunday in her first remarks since Tuesday election. “Every legal – not illegal – vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency.”
The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal – not illegal – vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 8, 2020
The tweet from the First Lady comes after CNN claims, citing two unnamed sources that both her and Trump’s son-in-law, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner “approached” President Trump to “come to terms with President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.”
“The first lady, according to a separate source familiar with the conversations, has privately said the time has come for him to accept the election loss,” CNN reported Sunday. “Though the first lady has not publicly commented on the election, she has privately weighed in with her opinion, the source noted.”
Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller denied CNN report.
“This story is not true,” Jason Miller tweeted adding the CNN’s article. “Given undetermined electoral outcomes in multiple states and serious voting irregularities and lack of transparency in others, Jared has advised @realDonaldTrump to pursue all available legal remedies to ensure accuracy.”
Axios’ Jonathan Swan disputed the reporting on the president’s son-in-law, tweeting, “Kushner has been encouraging the legal strategy and is not some conciliatory/restraining voice telling him to concede.”
Major news outlets have reported Biden as the winner of the 2020 election, calling him the president-elect. President Trump has pushed back on these headlines, stating that Biden “has not been certified as the winner of any states.”
“The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” Trump said in a campaign statement Saturday after news outlets called Biden the winner of Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 mark. “In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.”
“So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands,” the statement continues.
The Trump campaign is gearing up for a legal battle over the election results beginning on Monday, with Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) leading the campaign’s recount team in Georgia and the team preparing new lawsuits.