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Sore loser Donald Trump wants officials to stop a hand recount in Georgia – a key battleground state won by president-elect Joe Biden – just days after he demanded one.
Trump, the first incumbent US president to lose the election for almost 30 years, is still desperately spewing lies and making misleading claims after failing to find any evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Thousands of his supporters, including far-right extremists, marched through the centre of Washington, DC, on Saturday to back his unsubstantiated and unhinged claims.
Trump, who has refused to concede and will be turfed from the White House in January when Biden is sworn in, continues to push ahead with long-shot legal challenges to try to overturn the Democrat's victory, and is still begging for donations from supporters.
Donald Trump refuses to concede to president-elect Joe Biden
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Without providing any evidence to back up his claims, the outgoing president tweeted to his 89million Twitter followers: "The hand recount taking place in Georgia is a waste of time.
"They are not showing the matching signatures.
"Call off the recount until they allow the MATCH. Don’t let the Radical Left Dems STEAL THE ELECTION!"
Twitter slapped a warning on the tweet, reading "This claim about election fraud is disputed", along with a link to a page which states: "Voter fraud of any kind is exceedingly rare in the US, election experts confirm."
Trump supporters marched through the centre of Washington, DC
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Trump didn't provide any evidence to back up his claims
Less than an hour after posting the tweet, his supporters received a text message asking them to donate "right now".
It stated: "Georgia is going to a recount! It's critical we have the resources to ensure a fair recount. Donate right now."
There is no evidence the recount in Georgia or any other state was unfair.
On Thursday, a coalition of federal and state officials said they have no evidence that votes were compromised or altered in the November 3 presidential election, rejecting unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud advanced by Trump and his supporters.
For the first time on Friday, Trump began to sound doubtful about his prospects, telling reporters "time will tell" who occupies the White House from Inauguration Day on January 20.
Flag-carrying Trump supporters, however, were out in force on Saturday to complain of alleged electoral fraud.
Chanting "Stop the steal!" and "We are the champions!", they streamed from Freedom Plaza near the White House to the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.
At least one scuffle between Trump fans and opponents was reported. DC police arrested at least 10 people, including four for alleged gun violations, two for simple assault, and one for assaulting a police officer.
Joe Biden, 77, will be sworn in as president in January
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Trump supporters gathered at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing
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Scores of members of the far-right Proud Boys group, clad in black with some wearing helmets and ballistic vests, were among the marchers.
Trump's motorcade briefly drove slowly through the crowds on the way to his golf course in Sterling, Virginia.
Video on social media showed Trump, wearing a red baseball cap, waving to his supporters from inside the presidential limousine.
Protesting against the marches, opponents on social media sought to create confusion by flooding the hashtags #MillionMAGAMarch and #MarchforTrump with photographs of pancakes.
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Trump supporters held rallies in a number of US cities, including Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday
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As the marches picked up steam, Biden told reporters in Delaware that he was getting closer to forming his Cabinet.
Biden further solidified his victory on Friday as results from Edison Research showed him winning Georgia, giving him a final tally of 306 Electoral College votes, far more than the 270 needed to be elected president and above Trump's 232.
The 306 votes was equal to Trump's tally in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton, which at the time he called a "landslide."
Trump briefly appeared close to acknowledging the likelihood he will be leaving the White House in January during remarks about the coronavirus response at a White House event on Friday.
"This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the, uh, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell," Trump said.
With the election outcome becoming clearer, Trump has discussed with advisers possible media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible 2024 White House bid, aides said.
Trump has refused to concede to Biden and claims without evidence that he was cheated by widespread election fraud.
State election officials report no serious irregularities, and several of his legal challenges have failed in court.
A Michigan state court on Friday rejected a request by Trump's supporters to block the certification of votes in Detroit, which went heavily in favor of Biden.
And lawyers for Trump's campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona.
To win a second term, Trump would need to overturn Biden's lead in at least three states, but he has so far failed to produce evidence that he could do so in any of them.
States face a December 8 deadline to certify their elections and choose electors for the Electoral College, which will officially select the new president on December 14.
Trump's refusal to accept defeat has stalled the official transition.
The federal agency that releases funding to an incoming president-elect, the General Services Administration, has yet to recognise Biden's victory, denying him access to federal office space and resources.