Trump lays ground for 2024 election fraud claims with New Years message slamming ‘radical left misfits thugs’

Ex-president claims without evidence that Democrats are using illegal immigrants to win 2024 election

Gustaf Kilander
Sunday 31 December 2023 14:05 GMT
Related video: Chris Christie releases news campaign ad criticising Donald Trump

Support truly
independent journalism

Our mission is to deliver unbiased, fact-based reporting that holds power to account and exposes the truth.

Whether $5 or $50, every contribution counts.

Support us to deliver journalism without an agenda.

Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas


Donald Trump is laying the ground to claim election fraud again in 2024, baselessly suggesting in his New Year’s message that the Biden administration is allowing immigrants to enter the US to vote.

“As the New Year fast approaches, I would like to wish an early New Year’s salutation to Crooked Joe Biden and his group of Radical Left Misfits & Thugs on their never ending attempt to DESTROY OUR NATION through Lawfare, Invasion, and Rigging Elections,” Mr Trump wrote in the afternoon of 30 December.

“They are now scrambling to sign up as many of those millions of people they are illegally allowing into [our] Country, in order [so] that they will be ready to VOTE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2024,” he added.

Mr Trump’s New Year’s screed followed a previous post just after midnight early on Saturday, in which he wrote, “It’s becoming more and more obvious to me why the ‘Crazed’ Democrats are allowing millions and millions of totally unvetted migrants into our once great Country”.

“IT’S SO THEY CAN VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. They are signing them up at a rapid pace, without even knowing who the hell they are. It all makes sense now. Republicans better wake up and do something, before it is too late. Are you listening Mitch McConnell?” he asked of the Senate Republican leader.

NBC legal analyst Joyce Alene wrote on X that “Trump is preparing to claim the 2024 election was stolen from him when he loses”.

Brian Klaas, professor of Global Politics at University College London, added: “These are deranged lies that will be used as a pretext to try to seize power if he loses again. I co-wrote a book called ‘How to Rig an Election.’ US elections have flaws (gerrymandering, voter suppression, finance laws) but voter registration and vote tabulation are strong suits.”

Writer of former House of Commons clerk Eliot Wilson wrote on X that “Trump, because he’s not especially sharp, can’t help but act in a way that is really obvious and transparent. But the cultists don’t care”.

Lincoln Project advisor Trygve Olson added that “if he wins the Electoral College, but loses the popular vote,” Mr Trump can “use this to immediately implement the insurrection act and declare martial law”.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in