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Fox News cut away from a Trump campaign press conference by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday after she baselessly accused Democrats of "welcoming fraud" and "welcoming illegal voting" in the 2020 election.

Why it matters: The Trump campaign is pursuing a likely doomed legal fight to contest the results of the 2020 election based on the president's unfounded claims that widespread voter fraud and mail-in ballots stole the election from him.

The big picture: Georgia's Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) told CNN on Monday that no "credible incidents" of systemic fraud or voter disenfranchisement had been reported to his office by the state's attorney general or secretary of state. A number of the Trump campaign's lawsuits have already been thrown out of court in several states.

What they're saying: "There is only one party in America trying to keep observers out of the count room. And that party, my friends, is the Democrat Party," McEnany claimed.

  • "You take these positions because you are welcoming fraud and you are welcoming illegal voting."
  • Fox News' Neil Cavuto interrupted the broadcast and said: "Whoa, whoa, whoa ... Unless she has more details to back that up, I can't in good countenance continue showing this."

He added: "I want to make sure that maybe they do have something back that up. But that's an explosive charge to make, that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating. If she does bring proof of that, we will take you back."

  • "So far, she started saying right at the outset, welcoming fraud, welcoming illegal voting. Not so fast."

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Updated Nov 22, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump campaign asks Georgia for another election recount

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Georgia will conduct another presidential election results recount following a Trump campaign request on Saturday.

Why it matters: State election officials and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Friday certified Georgia's election results that show President-elect Joe Biden officially won the state by just over 12,600 votes.

Chris Christie: Trump's legal challenges against election results have been "a national embarrassment"

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday denounced a lack of evidence in President Trump's legal challenges against election results as "a national embarrassment," emphasizing that Trump has had his chance to prove allegations of widespread voter fraud in court.

The big picture: Despite the president's legal challenges in various states gaining little to no ground, only a handful of congressional Republicans have acknowledged Biden as president-elect.

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Inside Republicans' troubled Election Day operations

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As President Trump unsuccessfully argues fraudulent voter claims, campaign operatives tell Axios the reality is the joint EDO (Election Day operations) by the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee left them feeling largely unprepared to challenge ballots in real time.

Why it matters: With several states moving toward certifying election results this week, the postmortems are beginning as political operatives try to understand what worked, what didn't and how to adjust going forward.