President Trump still refuses to concede the presidential election, more than one week after the Associated Press called the race for President-elect Joe Biden. Trump spent the past weekend on the golf course and on Twitter, repeating his angry and defiant objections to the results. Thousands of his supporters gathered in D.C., with violence leading to 21 arrests. Yamiche Alcindor reports.
Meanwhile, President Trump has still refused to concede the election more than a week, as we said, after the Associated Press called the vote for president-elect Joe Biden.
Yamiche Alcindor has that report.
President Donald Trump:
Who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell.
Defiant and divorced from reality, President Trump spent the weekend on the golf course and on Twitter. He repeated familiar unsubstantiated claims of fraud. And he continued to refuse to admit defeat, instead spreading disinformation.
"I concede nothing," he wrote Sunday, dashing hopes that he was slowly realizing he'd lost. Earlier, he wrote of president-elect Joe Biden, saying — quote — "He won because the election was rigged."
That seemed to at least acknowledge the results of the election. Meanwhile, GOP leaders, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, are still supporting the president's refusal to concede.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.:
Regardless of how this outcome is, you want to be able to trust the election. If there was something that was wrong in this election, we do not want to repeat it for the future either.
Former President Barack Obama hit back on Republicans on CBS News Sunday in his first remarks since November 3.
Former President Barack Obama:
The president doesn't like to lose and never admits loss.
I'm more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion. It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that's a dangerous path.
With the country divided on trusting the election results, thousands of supporters of President Trump took to the streets of Washington, D.C.
There, they enjoyed a visit from the president, who waved from inside his motorcade. The event drew thousands of people, but did not live up to its name, the Million MAGA March. It also didn't live up to the Trump campaign's estimates, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's false claim that the crowd tallied at more than one million.
By day's end, the initially peaceful gathering turned violent in some cases. Clashes between pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters resulted in 21 arrests. Four police officers were also injured, and one person was stabbed.
Earlier today in a press conference, the district's police chief, Peter Newsham, praised his officers' handling of the event, but decried the circumstances.
To see our country having those kinds of physical disputes over an election, that's something we attribute to other countries across the world. But we don't see that in the United States. So, that's the worst of it for me.
Though a peaceful transition of power remains in question, president-elect Biden expressed confidence that his team would be prepared come January.
President-elect Joe Biden:
I am hopeful that the president will be mildly more enlightened before we get to January 20.
I find this more embarrassing for the country than debilitating for my ability to get started.
And outside the Capitol, the work to put on the inauguration two months from now continues, as workers construct the stage where the winner will take his oath.
This evening, President Trump is continuing to double down on his false assertion that he is the rightful winner of the 2020 election, refusing to acknowledge that Joe Biden is, in fact, the president-elect.
Now, critics say his behavior and his rhetoric is dangerous and could imperil American democracy. But president-elect Joe Biden says he's moving at full speed with his transition, even though he doesn't have all the resources needed and even though that transition has not started officially.
Now the Biden campaign is hiring. And they're expected to announce senior staff positions as early as tomorrow, sources tell me.
And while the Biden campaign is hiring, the Trump campaign is letting people go. On Sunday, a majority of the Trump campaign staff ended their employment. So, while the president is continuing his legal battles, he's doing it with a much smaller staff.
For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Yamiche Alcindor at the White House.
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Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour; the moderator of Washington Week, the weekly public affairs show on PBS; and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police encounters. She is currently covering the administration of President Joe Biden and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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