Former Republican President Donald Trump is demanding he be declared "the rightful winner" of the 2020 presidential election—two years after losing it decisively to Democratic President Joe Biden.
Trump's latest post is his most brazen one about the 2020 election results yet—a sign he has not and will not let go of the lies that continue to deal blows to the democratic process since a White nationalist lead mob of his supporters attacked the United States Capitol on the false premise the election was stolen.
In a message on his personal social media platform Truth Social, Trump professed there should be a new election due to "massive FRAUD & ELECTION INTERFERENCE" he claimed was uncovered by the latest developments in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) handling of the "THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY"—a conspiracy theory involving Biden's son's business dealings.
Unlike Trump and his own progeny, Hunter Biden did not have a job in a corporation owned by his father. But Republicans continue to try to tie Hunter Biden's career in the private sector to his father.
You can see what Trump wrote below.
\u201cTrump calls for him to be declared the winner of the 2020 election and be reinstalled as president, or for there to be an immediate do-over of the presidential election.\u201d— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1661789826
"So now it comes out, conclusively, that the FBI BURIED THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY BEFORE THE ELECTION knowing that, if they didn't, 'Trump would have easily won the 2020 Presidential election.'"
"This is massive FRAUD & ELECTION INTERFERENCE at a level never seen before in our Country."
"REMEDY: Declare the rightful winner or, and this would the minimal solution, declare the 2020 election irreparably compromised and have a new Election, immediately!"
Trump's statement is another example of prominent conservatives pushing more conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden into the mainstream.
Conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden's business dealings have been a favorite in conservative circles for some time as there was a lack of credible allegations against President Biden—unlike Donald Trump.
A 2020 New York Post investigation published emails suggesting Hunter Biden introduced his father to an executive with Burisma Holdings–a Ukrainian gas firm–in 2015.
The story received criticism for shaky reporting and unsubstantiated claims. Twitter's attempts to block the news outlet from sharing the story during a crackdown on fake news received criticism from Republicans who accused the tech giant of censoring conservative voices.
But the GOP and Fox News revived conservative interest in the "story" in the wake of an FBI search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump himself accused the FBI of "hiding and suppressing from the Public and the Media" the "Laptop from Hell," ahead of the 2020 election.
He has also joined conservatives who have accused the FBI of corruption while attacking social media giants like Meta, Facebook's parent company.
META pointed out in a recent statement Trump and the GOP's renewed outcry is recycled old news from 2020 when the FBI "shared general warnings about foreign interference—nothing specific about Hunter Biden."
\u201cAs we've said, nothing about the Hunter Biden laptop story is new. Below is what Mark told Sen. Johnson in Oct 2020 and what Mark told Joe Rogan this week. The FBI shared general warnings about foreign interference \u2013 nothing specific about Hunter Biden. https://t.co/pHtzvh6r0r\u201d— Meta Newsroom (@Meta Newsroom) 1661536951
Trump insisted the FBI intentionally "buried" Hunter Biden's information to hurt his chances during the 2020 presidential election.
Trump ignored the fact weeks before the 2020 election, two Republican-led Senate committees published a report of their own findings on Hunter Biden's career.
The GOP criticized Biden for serving on the board of Burisma Holdings but failed to find any evidence he committed any legal violations.
\u201cWhat does Hunter Biden\u2019s laptop have to do with Trump losing the 2020 election? Biden won handily. Trump LOST the electoral college & the MAJORITY of Americans who didn\u2019t want him to be president anymore. Actually the majority didn\u2019t want him in 2016 Hillary got 3 mil more votes.\u201d— Darlyn2 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Darlyn2 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1661881800
\u201c@GOPLeader @HouseGOP Hey Dummy no one was on the fence with their vote based upon Hunter Biden\n\n2020 was a referendum on Trump. As his cuck u should already know this but yet again u prove to be stupid AF\n\n#GOPTraitorsToDemocracy\u201d— Kevin McCarthy (@Kevin McCarthy) 1661624682
Trump's fixation on potential wrongdoing on the part of the FBI comes weeks after its agents combed through his Mar-a-Lago estate on a hunt for documents Trump took from the White House in violation of federal laws and presidential protocol.
According to the FBI, Trump had about 20 boxes in his possession, including 11 sets marked as top secret or sensitive, comprising a total of over 300 documents.
Trump was soundly criticized for his latest attempt at distraction.
\u201cNarcissistic delusions of grandeur. Poor Donald.\u201d— AntiNarcopathyPharmD (@AntiNarcopathyPharmD) 1661861342
\u201cHe still retains his delusional thoughts. There's medication for that.\u201d— \ud83d\udc99\ud83d\udc99Blue Heart Charlie \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@\ud83d\udc99\ud83d\udc99Blue Heart Charlie \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1661816838
\u201c@1SFODDTFGOper @duty2warn There is the OTHER TDS--Trump delusion syndrome\nwhere his cult believe he is:\n-smarter than he is\n-more honest than he is\n-more popular the he is\n-more competent than he is\n-more Christian than he is\n-more healthy than he is\u201d— Duty To Warn \ud83d\udd09 (@Duty To Warn \ud83d\udd09) 1661875913
\u201cTFG is delusional and still spreading disinformation daily to INCITE violence and civil unrest because he\u2019s a sore loser. Apparently he\u2019s a traitor & a criminal. Arrest him already before his incitement causes a civil war for to his lies.\u201d— My Intrepid Life (@My Intrepid Life) 1661812460
\u201cSomebody\u2019s having a meltdown! Trump could use a timeout. Say 10 to 20 years of a taxpayer sponsored getaway? #TrumpIsGoingToJail\u201d— Reggie Harris (@Reggie Harris) 1661810583
\u201cThere is, of course, no constitutional way to do this.\u201d— Rosalind Garcia (@Rosalind Garcia) 1661804313
\u201ctrump is the queen of disinformation and delusion.\u201d— You Looking For Me (@You Looking For Me) 1661875936
\u201cJust as Mary Trump predicted, as the law closes in Donald is going berserk.\u201d— Karen McCormick (@Karen McCormick) 1661805939
\u201cDo over \ud83e\udd23 what are you in second grade???\u201d— what the hell? (@what the hell?) 1661795832
\u201cTrump and his followers and enablers are the very definition of delusional in the simplest definition. Delusional disorder is a type of psychotic disorder. Its main symptom is the presence of one or more delusions. A delusion is an unshakable belief in something that's untrue.-\u2b07\ufe0f\u201d— John L. Grafft (@John L. Grafft) 1661823151
Trump and his MAGA minions have continued to falsely assert Trump defeated Biden despite never providing any credible evidence, instead citing yard signs and crowd size during the height of the pandemic as "proof."
President Biden received 81,284,666 votes during the 2020 general election and 306 electoral votes, above the 270 needed to become the 46th President of the United States. Biden's win made Trump the first President to lose a reelection bid since George H.W. Bush, also a Republican, in 1992.
Trump—who also lost the popular vote in 2016—has long described his first electoral college win as a “landslide,” but has failed to note Biden defeated him by a larger electoral vote margin than Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by in 2016.