President Donald Trump appeared to accept for the first time that Joe Biden had been elected the next president, tweeting Sunday that the Democrat â€œwon because the Election was Rigged.â€
â€œNO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldnâ€™t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!â€ he said in a post that Twitter promptly flagged as containing disputed claims of election fraud.
Trump then headed by motorcade to his Virginia golf club, which is where he was last weekend when the Associated Press and networks called Pennsylvania, and therefore the presidency, for Biden.
As recently as Saturday Trump had tweeted that â€œWe will WIN!,â€ railed against vote-recounting efforts in Georgia, and pushed debunked theories of voting-machine irregularities.
On Friday, the Associated Press and networks called the outstanding states, leaving Biden with 306 Electoral College votes to 232 for Trump, well above the 270 needed to secure the White House.
Trump has vowed to fight the results in court, but his legal moves have been largely unsuccessful and do not target enough votes to overturn the result given the size of Bidenâ€™s lead in key states.
Biden has been moving forward with forming an administration, but Trumpâ€™s refusal to concede has locked up millions of dollars in federal money for the transition and blocked classified intelligence briefings.
On Saturday, thousands of Trump supporters gathered in Washington to rally for the president and were treated to a presidential drive-by. He later tweeted images from the event and fresh complaints about the outcome of the election, some of which were flagged by Twitter.
The White House and the Trump campaign didnâ€™t immediately respond to requests for comment.