Donald Trump urges Mike Pence to block Joe Biden’s election victory in Congress
Donald Trump has called on his vice president Mike Pence to intervene to incorrectly hand him a second term in the White House as his baseless claims of mass voter fraud dominated a rally in Georgia meant to boost Senate candidates there. The US president doubled down on his refusal to accept defeat to Joe Biden in his first sentences at the podium on the airport tarmac in Dalton on Tuesday, saying of his presidential record: “I had two elections. I won them both. It’s amazing.” Mr Trump vowed he and his supporters were going to “fight like hell” to cling on to the White House just two weeks before he is due to hand over power to his successor at the inauguration, escalating fears of a turbulent fortnight ahead. He also lashed out at those who have rejected his allegations of a stolen election including the Supreme Court, leading media outlets and two senior Georgia state officials, who he vowed to campaign against when they are next up for election. “The fact is we won the presidential election, we won it big”, Mr Trump said falsely at the evening rally. At another point he said of the Democrats: “They’re not taking the White House. We’re going to fight like hell.” The event had been billed as a chance for Mr Trump to drive out support for two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who on Tuesday face run-off elections that will determine which party holds the US Senate. If both lose, the Democrats draw even with the Republicans on 50 seats each in the Senate and therefore have control because the vice president – soon to be Kamala Harris – casts the deciding vote in ties. But if either of the two Republican candidates win, their party will retain the Senate majority and with it the ability to block any legislation proposed by Mr Biden, who is due to be sworn in as the US president on January 20.