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With No Evidence, President-elect Donald Trump declares ‘Millions’ Voted Illegally

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — President-elect Donald Trump took to the same social media platform he used so often during the campaign Sunday to issue baseless claims of voter fraud during the general election to accusing his opponent, Hillary Clinton, of being hypocritical for her alleged involvement in the current election recount which is under way.

The billionaire real estate mogul, who himself declared during the campaign that he would not concede the election if he lost, said on Twitter that “nothing will change.” He added that Clinton has already conceded the election.

However, he also offered his own support for the recount, adding that he believes he would have undoubtedly won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” In another tweet, Trump alleged, without any evidence, that there were serious voter fraud cases in the states of Virginia, New Hampshire and California.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, insisted the state’s voting system operates without issue, calling Trump’s claims “absurd” and “reckless.”

“It appears that Mr. Trump is troubled by the fact that a growing majority of Americans did not vote for him,” Padilla said in a statement tweeted on his personal account. “His unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in California and elsewhere are absurd. His reckless tweets are inappropriate and unbecoming of a President-elect.”

Where Trump got his ideas about the election remain unknown, or why he waited until Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s recount request in Wisconsin to raise the issue. Donald Trump himself showed how difficult it is to vote illegally in a 2004 video in which he was turned away from three different polling locations.

Trump continued tweeting on the matter Sunday, saying if he had instead targeted the popular vote and not the Electoral College, he would have only had to campaign in three or four states instead of the multitude of states he visited.

In years past, Trump has spoken publicly against the Electoral College, calling the institution “a disaster for democracy” on Twitter in 2012. He also told Mitt Romney supporters via tweet in 2012 to “fight like hell” after Romney’s loss, as he incorrectly believed the Electoral College had allowed President Obama to win.

Barack Obama won both the popular vote and the Electoral College by wide margins in 2008 and 2012.

Earlier in the day, Trump had directed his tweets against his former opponent, quoting three instances via six tweets in which Clinton slammed Trump for suggesting he would not accept the election results.

These tweets came in response to the Clinton campaign’s announcement they would support a statewide presidential election recount effort taking place in Wisconsin, an effort that was spearheaded by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Stein said she also intends to pursue recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, though she also stated on Twitter that she would “do a recount in any state where the deadline has not passed.” Her campaign is trying to raise as much as $7 million for the effort online — and it had garnered more than $6.2 million as of Sunday night.

Donald Trump’s top aides on Sunday also denounced the recount effort.

“It is a total and complete hypocritical joke that the group of people that thought that they were nervous about President-elect Trump not conceding are the people that are conducting recounts in states where we won by over 68,000 votes,” incoming Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87. She was the oldest sitting member of the court. Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman named to the Supreme Court. A cultural and feminist icon, Ginsburg was appointed to the Court by President Bill Clinton, and her passing will set off a showdown in the coming weeks before the November election. In a message left this week as her health waned, Ginsburg said “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shortly after Ginsburg’s death was announced said the Senate will conduct a vote to replace her and President Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill the seat in the coming days.

An Indian American doctor filed a federal lawsuit against the Aurora, Colorado police department after one of their police officers pointed a gun at him on his own property while he was trying to park his car. The incident was captured on video. The officer, Justin Henderson, has been suspended for 40 hours without pay and will be required to attend de-escalation training. 45 year old Dr. Paramjit Parmar, who is known in Aurora for his aid to refugees, believes race affected how he was treated and said Henderson’s punishment is “terribly inadequate.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Recall efforts against Kshama Sawant moves forward

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing heat as well from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her over the mass protests this summer that led some protesters to establish a police-free zone in downtown Seattle. In a tweet, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered his help to Durkan pro-bono.

Indian Prime Minister Modi turned 70 years old and received birthday wishes from around the globe, including from President Trump, who called Modi “a great leader and loyal friend.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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