“The November 3 election was the safest in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and rechecking the entire electoral process before finalizing the outcome, ”said the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees said.
The group, which includes federal employees working in the Trump administration, added in bold: “There is no evidence that a voting system suppressed or lost votes, altered votes or was compromised. any way. ”
Since CNN and other media called Joe Biden’s election on Saturday, Trump has refused to accept the results, instead pushing baseless plots that his second term would be stolen.
This includes falsely claiming in an election night speech that he had already won re-election, that he had already won states that were still pending at the time, and that his opponents were perpetuating fraud.
As the cases unfold, the president is sowing mistrust in the electoral process by claiming that the votes have been changed and calling for hundreds of thousands of votes to be rejected.
The election officials’ statement – which included employees from the Department of Homeland Security and was promoted on Twitter by Chris Krebs, the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency – urged the American public to trust the system.
Krebs, who debunked conspiracy theories pushed by Trump and his allies on Twitter, has told people in recent days that he doesn’t care about being fired by the president.
A senior administration official also defended Thursday night’s statement as necessary to protect the integrity of the 2020 election.
“The CISA considers that its first principle is to protect democratic processes, not to protect an individual,” said the official.
“While we know that there are many unfounded allegations and opportunities for disinformation about our election process, we can assure you that we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too, ”the election officials concluded. their statement.
“When you have questions, turn to election officials, who are trusted by everyone when they administer elections. “