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Donald Trump has finally admitted that Joe Biden won this year's US presidential election - however, the incumbent POTUS also claimed this was because the election was 'rigged'.
In a tweet posted to his 88.9 million followers, Trump appears to have admitted that the Democratic Party's Biden was the winner, following a week of furious denials posted to the social media platform.
The tweet then turns to unfounded claims around the legitimacy of the election, continuing the theme of his recent Twitter output.
He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn't even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
Writing about his soon-to-be successor, Trump posted: "He won because the election was rigged.
"NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a radical left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn't even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!"
Twitter has flagged the tweet with the caption: "This claim about election fraud is disputed," linking to a series of articles and fact-checking platforms. These include an Associated Press Fact Check tweet which states that Trump has 'produced no evidence of systematic problems in voting or counting'.
Trump has refused to concede the election following the announcement of Biden's projected victory last Saturday (7 November), but has repeatedly tweeted conspiracies around the election being rigged.
Twitter has put warnings for fake news on many of Trump's tweets over the last few weeks, while the president continues to accuse what he has dubbed the 'fake news media' of falsely reporting on Biden's victory.
Meanwhile, Biden has already begun to address the issues that he will tackle when he takes up his presidency, which will begin officially in January.
During a press conference in Delaware, Joe Biden said: "We have already started the transition, we are well under way. [His behaviour] does not change the dynamic in what we're able to do."
When asked on his thoughts about Donald Trump's refusal to concede the election, the Democratic candidate replied saying: "I think it's an embarrassment. How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president's legacy.
"We are going to be moving along in a consistent manner, putting our administration together in the White House, reviewing who we're going to pick for our cabinet positions, and nothing is going to stop that."
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