November 11, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released a video on Saturday warning viewers of the “media manipulation” in declaring Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.
“Contrary to media manipulation,” he said, “Joe Biden has not won the election for president of United States.”
Addressing the media’s naming of the former vice president as the “projected” winner, he lamented that the “ignorance of the Democrats, the crass ignorance of the media who support them, the ignorance and malice of the Biden supporters, is once again on full display as they try to fool the American public by making them think that the election has been decided.”
“This is not a matter of opinion,” he explained. “We actually have a process in the United States of America, defined by the Constitution and by state law as to how a president gets elected.” Further, “the media, neither in state law, federal law, nor in the [U.S.] Constitution,” has any “role in declaring the winner of a presidential election. You won’t find it there… zero.”
Focusing on the specific wording used in media reports, Fr. Pavone clarified, “If you are hearing media reports that Biden has won the election you will hear the word, ‘projected,’ and, ‘projected to win.’ And do you know what that is? It’s an opinion. It’s not the winning of the election.”
The native New York City priest explained the official process of how and when the winner of a presidential election in declared.
First, there is “the Certification of Ascertainment, namely the official declaration of that state as to who won the presidential vote.” And each of the states, “have different deadlines” for accomplishing this task throughout November and into early December. However, “by December 8 the states have to have their certifications sent in to the federal government.”
Secondly, he made clear, “When you go to the voting booth to elect your choice for president, you’re choosing your electors from your state,” who will vote for the President.
PETITION UPDATE (1/15/2021) -
The events of the past month, and especially the past 10 days, have shaken the faith Americans have in their elected and appoint officials.
We continue to call for investigations to be made into allegations of election fraud. Texas is in the process of prosecuting one political operative for illegal ballot harvesting, and multiple state legislatures have called for investigations, too.
However, the judiciary has severely let down the American electorate.
As we have said all along, the integrity of the election is much bigger than President Trump. Election integrity is at the heart of republican democracy, and if we don't have it, we no longer have a functioning republic.
Therefore, we continue to seek the truth for the election outcome. Perhaps that will only be known in the future when state or federal commissions are established to investigate the instances of election fraud which were witnessed and sworn to, by thousands of Americans of all political persuasions.
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PETITION UPDATE (12/10/20) -
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted: "We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!"
He is referring to the lawsuit which the state of Texas has filed against Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia in the Supreme Court over changes those states made to their election rules, claiming they violated the U.S. Constitution in the process.
Here is the central part of the argument: if Texas were to allow possible voter fraud to go unchecked in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia, it would be akin to committing fraud upon the people of Texas, who cast their ballots within the framework of the law.
Indeed, this would apply equally to all citizens who voted within the framework of the law across the United States!
President Trump also tweeted that this case is, "very strong...ALL CRITERIA MET."
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PETITION UPDATE (12/7/20) - Since this petition was launched, President Trump's legal team, as well as other concerned citizens, have discovered what appears to be irrefutable evidence of voter fraud in several of the key battleground states, and have initiated legal challenges in six states.
While the situation continues to evolve, this remains a hugely important petition which we encourage you to SIGN and SHARE.
Below, please WATCH and READ about the mounting evidence of voter fraud and how the mainstream media seem determined to ignore even the most egregious instances of vote tampering. Then, please SIGN and SHARE this petition.
LifeSite supports President Trump with this petition because we believe he is trying to defend the Constitution, ensuring that electoral fraud does not taint the result of the 2020 general election.
But, since starting this petition, we have launched a separate petition related to the disputed election outcome, calling on the Department of Justice to 'do their job' and engage in meaningful investigations of the mounting evidence of voter fraud.
We believe that conducting forensic audits of ballots and voting machines, as well as issuing subpoenas to collect more evidence, would be a good start.
Thankfully, some of the state started to demand investigations independent of federal agencies. But we still believe that the DoJ needs to use its enormous fact-finding resources to help resolve allegations of election fraud.
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Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which calls on all Americans to Stand With President Trump as he uses every legitimate means to find out if voter fraud played any role in the election outcome.
Amid allegations of voter fraud, and at a time when the situation with COVID has been used by many of the states to facilitate the use of mail-in ballots on a massive scale, we need to be very careful in dismissing the possibility of voter fraud.
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On December 14, these winning electors meet in each state to cast individual votes for both the President and Vice President. The tally of this process is recorded in “Certificates of the Vote,” and are given to the electors to take to Washington, D.C. for the final step of the process.
This will occur on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. “in a joint session of the United States Congress, the House and the Senate,” where “they will hear the votes of the electors. And then, and only then, will the winner of the presidential election be official.”
Pavone emphasized that our states haven’t even made it to the first step yet, of certifying the vote counts. “There are a lot of states where the margin is very slim, and in particular, there are several disputed states right now… And voting counts are still being tallied.”
“There are hundreds of thousands of ballots that still remain to be counted and are being counted in states where the margin is razor-thin,” he said.
“Moreover, either at the request of the campaign, or according to state law, if the margin of difference is within a certain slim margin, states will automatically trigger a recount, or a campaign can request a recount. Georgia is definitely going to have a recount. Pennsylvania may well have a recount,” he said (see reference here).
Further, he stated, “If ballots are challenged as many of these ballots are because, besides being slim margins in some of these states, there is also evidence, evidence, of impropriety and it is being investigated. And also, the courts are getting involved and there are legal challenges” (see references here, here, and here).
The Priests for Life national director gave some final advice, “Pay attention to the words that they are using. If they say he [Biden] is the ‘projected’ winner, [do] you know what that is? That’s an educated guess. It’s an opinion. An alternate opinion might be just as true. The word you have to be looking for is ‘certified.’ Did the state certify the election? If the state didn’t certify the election, then friends, it is not decided.”
Prior to the election, the Biden campaign signaled that they expected it would be contested in the courts, and that the media would, indeed, name him the winner, without concern for the customary concession from his opponent.