Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to halt the Congressional certification of the electoral votes on Wednesday, a riot which left 4 people dead. Congress reconvened and, in a late-night announcement, declared Biden the official winner of the November election.
Read DonaldTrump's full speech below: I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol. I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders.
President Donald Trump acknowledged on Thursday that a “new administration” was set to enter the White House as President-elect Joe Biden is expected to be inaugurated on January 20. Tasos Katopodis/Getty have just been through an intense election and emotions are high. My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results.
My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power. It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community and family.
Donald Trump : (02:44) The media will not show the magnitude of this crowd. Even I, when I turned on today, I looked, and I saw thousands of people here, but you don’t see hundreds of thousands of people behind you because they don’t want to show that.
We have hundreds of thousands of people here, and I just want them to be recognized by the fake news media. Turn your cameras please and show what’s really happening out here because these people are not going to take it any longer.
But it would be really great if we could be covered fairly by the media. The media is the biggest problem we have as far as I’m concerned, single biggest problem, the fake news and the big tech.
We took them by surprise and this year, they rigged an election. By the way, last night, they didn’t do a bad job either, if you notice.
It’s just a great honor to have this kind of crowd and to be before you. Hundreds of thousands of American patriots are committed to the honesty of our elections and the integrity of our glorious Republic.
All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical left Democrats, which is what they’re doing and stolen by the fake news media. To use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal.
Their elections are more honest than what we’ve been going through in this country. Even when you look at last night, they’re all running around like chickens with their heads cut off with boxes.
I’d love to have, if those tens of thousands of people would be allowed, the military, the Secret Service, and we want to thank you, and the police law enforcement. You’re doing a great job, but I’d love it if they could be allowed to come up here with us.
He’s got guts, unlike a lot of people in the Republican Party. John is one of the most brilliant lawyers in the country, and he looked at this, and he said, What an absolute disgrace, that this could be happening to our constitution.” He looked at Mike Pence, and I hope Mike is going to do the right thing.
I hope so because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election. This is from the number one or certainly one of the top constitutional lawyers in our country.
We’re supposed to protect our country, support our country, support our constitution, and protect our constitution. All Vice-President Pence has to do is send it back to the States to recertify, and we become president, and you are the happiest people.
I said, “Mike, that doesn’t take courage. That takes courage,” and then we’re stuck with a president who lost the election by a lot, and we have to live with that for four more years.
Many of you have traveled from all across the nation to be here, and I want to thank you for the extraordinary love. Donald Trump : (09:59) By the way, this goes all the way back past the Washington monument.
They wanted to get rid of the Jefferson Memorial, either take it down or just put somebody else in there. You’ll see some awful things happen.
Donald Trump : (10:54) They’ll knock out Lincoln too, by the way. They’ve been taking his statute down, but then we signed a little law.
Donald Trump : (11:25) We’re gathered together in the heart of our nation’s Capitol for one very, very basic and simple reason, to save our democracy. Most candidates on election evening, and of course this thing goes on so long, they still don’t have any idea what the votes are.
Donald Trump : (12:34) For years, Democrats have gotten away with election fraud and weak Republicans, and that’s what they are. We have great ones, Jim Jordan, and some of these guys.
It’s like, “Gee, maybe I’ll talk to the president sometime later.” No, it’s amazing. If this happened to the Democrats, there’d be hell all over the country going on.
I think I’m going to use the term, the weak Republicans. They’ve turned a blind eye even as Democrats enacted policies that chipped away our jobs, weakened our military, threw open our borders and put America last.
How do you say, “I want to get rid of America first?” Even if you’re going to do it, don’t talk about it. Donald Trump : (14:39) But this year using the pretext of the China virus and the scam of mail-in ballots, Democrats attempted the most brazen and outrageous election theft.
It’s a pure theft in American history, everybody knows it. We’re leading Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia by hundreds of thousands of votes, and then late in the evening or early in the morning, boom, these explosions of and bullshit, and all of a sudden.
But when Romney got beaten, he stands up like you’re more typical. But we look at the facts and our lecture was so corrupt that in the history of this country, we’ve never seen anything like it.
No third world countries would even attempt to do what we caught them doing and you’ll hear about that in just a few minutes. Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back.
We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. We’re going to have to fight much harder and Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us.
If he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country because you’re sworn to uphold our constitution. Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy.
We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness.
Donald Trump : (18:16) We have come to demand that Congress does the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.
Today we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections, but whether they stand strong for our country, our country. Our country has been under siege for a long time, far longer than this four-year period.
We’ve set it on a much straighter course, a much … I thought four more years. Donald Trump : (19:03) Four more years, I thought it would be easy.
It used to take 20 years to get a highway approved. So we create Space Force, which by in of itself is a major achievement for an administration.
And we’ve not only made life wonderful for so many people, we’ve saved tremendous amounts of money, far secondarily, but we’ve saved a lot of money. In prime time, they would not have treated our veterans badly.
And we have what’s called the VA Accountability Act. And the accountability says if we see somebody in there that doesn’t treat our vets well, or they steal, they rob, they do things badly.
And we were going to sit home and watch a big victory. I said to somebody, I was going to take a few days and relax after our big electoral victory.
Wow, Wisconsin, look at the big leads we had.” Even though the press said we were going to lose Wisconsin by 17 points. Even though the press said Ohio is going to be close, we set a record.
And we set a record with Hispanic, with the Black community. Donald Trump : (23:21) And by the way, it’s much more important today than it was 24 hours ago.
Because I spoke to David Purdue, what a great person, and Kelly Offer, two great people, but it was a setup. So this is now what we’re doing, a far more important election than it was two days ago.
Donald Trump : (24:57) But I want to thank all of those congressmen and women. And Kelly Offer, I’ll tell you, she’s been so great.
That equipment should never have been allowed to be used, and I was telling these people don’t let them use this stuff. Marsha Blackburn, terrific person.
Bill Haggerty, John Kennedy, James Lank ford, Cynthia Summit. Donald Trump : (26:04) I actually think though it takes, again, more courage not to step up.
And I think a lot of those people are going to find that out, and you better start looking at your leadership because the leadership has led you down the tubes. We want to give them $600, and they just wouldn’t change.
We’ll pay it back fast. Donald Trump : (27:19) As you know the media is constantly asserted the outrageous lie that there was no evidence of widespread fraud.
I hope you don’t get bored listening to it. Don’t get bored listening to it, all those hundreds of thousands of people back there.
The American people do not believe the corrupt fake news anymore. You don’t fight with them anymore, unless it’s a bad.
They have a little bad story about me, they’ll make it 10 times worse and it’s a major headline. But Hunter Biden, they don’t talk about him.
“Have you managed money before?” “No, I haven’t.” “Oh, that’s good. I now realize how good it was if you go back 10 years.
I realized how good, even though I didn’t necessarily love him, I realized how good it was like a cleansing motion. We don’t have a fair media anymore.
We will not be intimidated into accepting the hoaxes and the lies that we’ve been forced to believe over the past several weeks. We’ve amassed overwhelming evidence about a fake election.
Last night was a little better because we had a lot of eyes watching one specific state, but they cheated like hell anyway. Donald Trump : (30:27) You have one of the dumbest governors in the United States.
He said, “A friend of mine is running for Governor, what’s his name.” And you know the rest. And then I had to beat Stacey Abrams with this guy, Brian Kemp.
Her last week she picked the five outstanding people. Once I ran for president, I didn’t notice there were too many calls coming in from Oprah.
Donald Trump : (31:50) Look, I’m not happy with the Supreme Court. Cut him loose, sir.” I must’ve gotten half of the senators.
Donald Trump : (32:40) I read a story in one of the newspapers recently how I control the three Supreme Court justices. I read it about Bill Barr, that he’s my personal attorney.
And I said, “It really is genius,” because what they do is that, and it makes it really impossible for them to ever give you a victory, because all of a sudden Bill Barr changed, if you hadn’t noticed. I like Bill Barr, but he changed, because he didn’t want to be considered my personal attorney.
Because the story is I haven’t spoken to any of them, any of them, since virtually they got in. And now that the only way they can get out of that, because they hate that, it’s not good on the social circuit.
Donald Trump : (33:41) But it shows you the media’s genius. Donald Trump : (34:06) In every single swing state, local officials, state officials, almost all Democrats made illegal and unconstitutional changes to election procedures without the mandated approvals by the state legislatures, that these changes paved the way for fraud on a scale never seen before.
Donald Trump : (34:34) So just in a nutshell, you can’t make a change on voting for a federal election unless the state legislature approves it. Donald Trump : (35:13) In Pennsylvania, the Democrat Secretary of State and the Democrat State Supreme Court justices illegally abolished the signature verification requirements just 11 days prior to the election.
But no longer is their signature verification, 11 days before the election! And this is a mathematical impossibility, unless you want to say it’s a total fraud.
Donald Trump : (36:35) Over 8000 ballots in Pennsylvania were cast by people whose names and dates of birth match individuals who died in 2020 and prior to the election. And some dead people actually requested an application.
Donald Trump : (37:05) Over 14,000 ballots were cast by out-of-state voters. So these are voters that don’t live in the state.
And by the way, these numbers are what they call outcome determination. More than 10,000 votes in Pennsylvania were illegally counted, even though they were received after Election Day.
In other words, “They were received after Election Day, let’s count them anyway!” And what they did in many cases is they did fraud. They took the date, and they moved it back, so that it no longer is after Election Day.
Donald Trump : (38:03) … they were supposedly mailed out, in other words, you got the ballot back before you mailed it, which is also logically and logistically impossible. Donald Trump : (38:23) Twenty-five thousand ballots in Pennsylvania were requested by nursing home residents, all in a single giant batch, not legal.
Indicating an enormous illegal ballot harvesting operation. The day before the election, the State of Pennsylvania reported the number of absentee ballots that had been sent out.
Yet this number was suddenly and drastically increased by 400,000 people. One day after the election, it remains totally unexplained.
They said, “Well, we can’t figure that.” Now that’s many, many times what it would take to overthrow the state. But the only way that can happen is if Mike Pence agrees to send it back.
Donald Trump : (39:43) Mike Pence has to agree to send it back. And many people in Congress want it sent back, and take of what you’re doing.
That in itself is illegal and then you have the scam and that’s all the things that we’re talking about. But think of this: if you don’t do that, that means you will have a President of the United States for four years, with his wonderful son.
Donald Trump : (40:50) You will have a president who lost all of these states, or you will have a president to put it another way, who was voted on by a bunch of stupid people who lost all of these things. These are the facts that you won’t hear from the fake news media.
But you don’t hear it by the people who want to deceive you and demoralize you and control you, big tech, media. But they had me down the day before Washington Post, ABC poll, down 17 points.
I said, “What is that?” “Sir, that’s called a suppression poll. I think you’re going to win Wisconsin, sir.” I said, “But why do they make it four or five points?” “Because then people vote.
But that’s called suppression because a lot of people, when they see that, it’s very interesting. When you go down 17, they say, ‘Let’s save, let’s go and have dinner, and let’s watch the presidential defeat tonight on television darling.
Donald Trump : (42:49) And just like the radical left tries to blacklist you on social media, every time I put out a tweet, even if it’s totally correct, totally correct. On Twitter, it’s very hard to come on to my account.
And if you want to go through big tech, social media, they are really, if you’re a conservative, if you’re a Republican, if you have a big voice, I guess they call it shadow-ban. I’ve been telling these Republicans get rid of Section 230.
Donald Trump : (43:47) And for some reason, Mitch and the group, they don’t want to put it in there. They also want to indoctrinate your children in school by teaching them things that aren’t so.
It’s all part of the comprehensive assault on our democracy and the American people to finally standing up and saying, “No.” This crowd is again a testament to it. Donald Trump : (44:39) Two months ago, we had a massive crowd come down to Washington.
These groups, they’re forming all over the United States. And we got to remember, in a year from now, you’re going to start working on Congress.
We got rid of plenty of different things that everybody knows and the rebuilding of our military in three years, people said it couldn’t be done. In Wisconsin, corrupt Democrat run cities deployed more than 500 illegal unmanned, unsecured drop boxes, which collected a minimum of 91,000 unlawful votes.
Donald Trump : (46:29) They have these lockboxes, and they pick them up, and they disappear for two days. Meaning those votes were blatantly done in opposition to state law.
And they came 100% from Democrat areas, such as Milwaukee and Madison, 100%. In Madison, 17,000 votes were deposited in so-called human drop boxes.
Where operatives stuff thousands of unsecured ballots into Duffel bags on park benches across the city in complete defiance of cease and desist letters from state legislature. The state legislature said, “Don’t do it.” They’re the only ones that could approve it.
They gave tens of thousands of votes. According to eyewitness testimony, postal service workers in Wisconsin were also instructed to illegally backdate approximately 100,000 ballots.
The margin of difference in Wisconsin was less than 20,000 votes. In Georgia, your Secretary of State, I can’t believe this guy’s a Republican.
He loves recording telephone conversations. And now you have it again last night, just take a look at what happened, what a mess and the Democrat party operatives entered into an illegal and unconstitutional settlement agreement that drastically weakened signature verification and other election security procedures.
Donald Trump : (48:53) Stacey Abrams, she took them to lunch and I beat her two years ago with a bad candidate, Brian Kemp. Maybe he was with the other side, but we’ve been trying to get verifications of signatures in Fulton County.
The problem is Fulton County.” Home of Stacey Abrams. Donald Trump : (49:53) We won’t have a country of it happens.
As a result Georgia’s absentee ballot rejection rate was more than 10 times lower than previous levels, because the criteria was so off, 48 counties in Georgia with thousands and thousands of votes rejected zero ballots. In other words, in a year in which more mail-in ballots were sent than ever before, and more people were voting by mail for the first time, the rejection rate was drastically lower than it had ever been before.
If Georgia had merely rejected the same number of unlawful ballots, as in other years, there should have been approximately 45,000 ballots rejected, far more than what we needed to win, just over 11,000. They should absolutely find that just over 11,000 votes, that’s all we need.
They defrauded us out of a win in Georgia, and we’re not going to forget it. There’s only one reason the Democrats could possibly want to eliminate signature matching, oppose voter ID and stop citizenship confirmation.
In Fulton County, republican poll Watchers were rejected in some cases, physically from the room under the false pretense of a pipe burst. Donald Trump : (52:03) Water main burst, everybody leaves.
Then election officials pull boxes, Democrats and suitcases of ballots out from under a table. And illegally scanned them for nearly two hours totally unsupervised.
He said the other day, “Yes, I disagree with president, but he’s been a great president.” Oh, good. Brian Kemp, vote him the hell out of office, please.
They’ve rejected five separate appeals for an independent and comprehensive audit of signatures in Fulton County. Even without an audit, the number of fraudulent ballots that we’ve identified across the state is staggering.
Over 10,300 ballots in Georgia were cast by individuals whose names and dates of birth match Georgia residents who died in 2020 and prior to the election. More than 2,500 ballots were cast by individuals whose names and dates of birth match incarcerated felons in Georgia prison.
More than 4,500 illegal ballots were cast by individuals who do not appear on the state’s own voter rolls. Over 18,000 illegal ballots were cast by individuals who registered to vote using an address listed as vacant, according to the postal service.
At least 88,000 ballots in Georgia were cast by people whose registrations were illegally backdated. And at least 15,000 ballots were cast by individuals who moved out of the state prior to November 3rd election.
I love Georgia, but it’s a corrupt system. Make no mistake, this selection stolen from you, from me and from the country.
And not a single swing state has conducted a comprehensive audit to remove the illegal ballots. This should absolutely occur in every single contestant state before the election is certified.
Donald Trump : (55:21) In the State of Arizona, over 36,000 ballots were illegally cast by non-citizens. 11,600 more ballots and votes were counted more than there were actual voters.
Donald Trump : (55:51) 150,000 people registered in Maya Copy County after the registration deadline. 103,000 ballots in the county were sent for electronic adjudication with no Republican observers.
In Clark County, Nevada, the accuracy settings on signature verification machines were purposely lowered before they were used to counting over 130,000 ballots. If you signed your name as Santa Claus, it would go through.
And 1500 ballots were cast by individuals whose names and dates of birth match Nevada residents who died in 2020, prior to November 3rd election. More than 8,000 votes were cast by individuals who had no address and probably didn’t live there.
Donald Trump : (57:03) Any of these things would have taken care of the situation. In Michigan quickly, the Secretary of State, a real great one, flooded the state with unsolicited mail-in ballot applications, sent to every person on the rolls, in direct violation of state law.
More than 17,000 Michigan ballots were cast by individuals whose names and dates of birth matched people who were deceased. 174,000 ballots were counted without being tied to an actual registered voter.
Also in Wayne County, poll watches observed canvassers re-scanning batches of ballots over and over again, up to three or four or five times. In Detroit, turnout was 139% of registered voters.
Donald Trump : (58:08) A career employee of the Detroit, City of Detroit, testified under penalty of perjury that she witnessed city workers coaching voters to vote straight Democrat, while accompanying them to watch who they voted for. The same worker was instructed not to ask for any voter ID and not to attempt to validate any signatures if they were Democrats.
She also told to illegally, and was told backdate ballots received after the deadline and reports that thousands and thousands of ballots were improperly backdated. Four witnesses have testified under penalty of perjury that after officials in Detroit announced the last votes had been counted, tens of thousands of additional ballots arrived without required envelopes.
Donald Trump : (59:10) At 6:31 AM, in the early morning hours after voting had ended, Michigan suddenly reported 147,000 votes. An astounding 94% went to Joe Biden, who campaigned brilliantly from his basement.
Only a couple of percentage points went to Trump. You know what’s interesting, President Obama beat Biden in every state other than the swing states where Biden killed him.
There were always just enough to push Joe Biden barely into the lead. We were ahead by a lot and within the number of hours we were losing by a little.
Donald Trump : (01:00:03) In addition, there is the highly troubling matter of Dominion voting systems. In one Michigan County alone, 6,000 votes were switched from Trump to Biden and the same systems are used in the majority of states in our country.
Senator William Lion, a great gentleman, chairman of Georgia Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, Senator Lion, highly respected on elections has written a letter describing his concerns with Dominion in Georgia. Donald Trump : (01:00:40) He wrote, and I quote, “The Dominion voting machines employed in Fulton County had an astronomical and astounding 93.67% error rate.” It’s only wrong 93% of the time.
“In the scanning of ballots requiring a review panel to adjudicate or determine the voter’s interest, in over 106,000 ballots out of a total of 113,000.” Think of it, you go in and you vote, and then they tell people who you’re supposed to be voting for. Put it down for Biden.” The national average for such an error rate is far less than 1% and yet you’re at 93%.
” The source of this astronomical error rate must be identified to determine if these machines were set up or destroyed to allow for a third party to disregard the actual ballot cast by the registered voter.” Donald Trump : (01:01:44) The letter continues, “There is clear evidence that tens of thousands of votes were switched from President Trump to former Vice President Biden in several counties in Georgia.
For example, in BBB County, President Trump was reported to have 29, 391 votes at 9:11 PM Eastern time. While simultaneously Vice President Joe Biden was reported to have 17,213.
Minutes later, just minutes, at the next update, these vote numbers switched with President Trump going way down to 17,000 and Biden going way up to 29,391.” And that was very quick, a 12,000 vote switch, all in Mr. Biden’s favor. Donald Trump : (01:02:31) So, I mean, I could go on and on about this fraud that took place in every state and all of these legislatures want this back.
I don’t want to do it to you because I love you and it’s freezing out here, but I could just go on forever. Donald Trump : (01:03:03) So when you hear, when you hear, “While there is no evidence to prove any wrongdoing,” this is the most fraudulent thing anybody’s… This is a criminal enterprise.
This is a criminal enterprise and the press will say, and I’m sure they won’t put any of that on there because that’s no good, do you ever see, “While there is no evidence to back President Trump ’s assertion,” I could go on for another hour reading this stuff to you and telling you about it. Donald Trump : (01:03:56) It’s a disgrace that the United States of America, tens of millions of people are allowed to go vote without so much as even showing identification.
When you catch somebody in a fraud, you’re allowed to go by very different rules. It is also widely understood that the voter rolls are crammed full of non-citizens, felons and people who have moved out of state and individuals who are otherwise ineligible to vote.
Yet Democrats oppose every effort to clean up their voter rolls. Donald Trump : (01:05:43) They said, “It’s not American to challenge the election.” This is the most corrupt election in the history, maybe of the world.
In fact, it’s so egregious, it’s so bad, that a lot of people don’t even believe it. So today, in addition to challenging the certification of the election, I’m calling on Congress and the state legislatures to quickly pass sweeping election reforms, and you better do it before we have no country left.
Donald Trump : (01:06:37) With your help over the last four years, we built the greatest political movement in the history of our country and nobody even challenges that. You look back there all the way to the Washington Monument.
We must stop the steal, and then we must ensure that such outrageous election fraud never happens again, can never be allowed to happen again, but we’re going forward. We’ll take care of going forward.
Don’t let them talk, “Okay, well we promise,” I’ve had a lot of people, “Sir, you’re at 96% for four years.” I said, “I’m not interested right now. Donald Trump : (01:07:33) With your help we will finally pass powerful requirements for voter ID.
Every person should need to show an ID in order to cast your most important thing, a vote. We just had a good victory in court on that one, actually.
We will ban ballot harvesting and prohibit the use of unsecured drop boxes to commit rampant fraud. We will stop the practice of universal, unsolicited mail-in balloting.
We will clean up the voter rolls that ensure that every single person who cast a vote is a citizen of our country, a resident of the state in which they vote and their vote is cast in a lawful and honest manner. We will restore the vital civic tradition of in-person voting on election day so that voters can be fully informed when they make their choice.
We will finally hold big tech accountable and if these people had courage and guts, they would get rid of Section 230, something that no other company, no other person in America, in the world, has. Donald Trump : (01:09:10) All of these tech monopolies are going to abuse their power and interfere in our elections and it has to be stopped and the Republicans have to get a lot tougher and so should the Democrats.
They should be regulated, investigated and brought to justice under the fullest extent of the law. Together we will drain the Washington swamp, and we will clean up the corruption in our nation’s capital.
We have done a big job on it, but you think it’s easy, it’s a dirty business. Despite everything, we’ve been through, looking out all over this country and seeing fantastic crowds, although this I think is our all-time record.
Donald Trump : (01:10:05) Looking out at all the amazing patriots here today, I have never been more confident in our nation’s future. Donald Trump : (01:10:52) We did a great job in the wall.
One of the largest infrastructure projects we’ve ever had in this country and it’s had a tremendous impact, and we got rid of catch and release, we got rid of all the stuff that we had to live with. They want to come in again and rip off our country.
As this enormous crowd shows, we have truth and justice on our side. We have a deep and enduring love for America in our hearts.
We have overwhelming pride in this great country, and we have it deep in our souls. Donald Trump : (01:11:44) Our brightest days are before us, our greatest achievements still wait.
And again, most people would stand there at 9:00 in the evening and say, “I want to thank you very much,” and they go off to some other life, but I said, “Something’s wrong here. Donald Trump : (01:12:21) Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun.
My fellow Americans for our movement, for our children and for our beloved country and I say this, despite all that’s happened, the best is yet to come. Donald Trump : (01:12:43) So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol, and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless.
But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. Donald Trump : (01:13:19) So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.