Bizarre photos have emerged of President Donald Trump posing for photos with a bridal party as major television networks projected his rival had won.
Trump avoided making any comments in his first public appearance after Joe Biden emerged as the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday (November 7).
The president was golfing at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, while results indicating his loss were being publicised widely in the media.
Despite people celebrating his downfall nationwide, Trump put on a proud display while posing with the young women, grinning and doing a “thumbs up” pose in several photos with them.
Onlookers clapped and shouted praise at him, with one woman heard saying, “thank you Mr President, we love you”.
Trump, who had begun walking away, turned back to the group and told them to “have a great life, alright?”
“You’re young, you have beautiful youth,” he responded saying, with another woman saying, “thanks for everything you do”.
The crowd then clapped and cheered as the president made his way up a set of stairs.
Throughout the exchange, he made no mention of the US election result or his loss.
After a clip of the bizarre scene surfaced on Twitter, thousands added their two cents to the discussion - some in support of his actions and others mocking them.
“This is the total opposite of how people expected him to take this announcement. Maybe no one told him yet here. Sure seems like he does not care,” one person wrote in a reply.
“I didn’t vote for him, BUT I will say this was kind and a show of decency. He might like life out of the public’s eye and on his terms,” someone else said.
Another pointed out it made sense the bridal party were Trump supporters, as they obviously paid to hold the wedding at his club.
Trump has filed a raft of lawsuits to challenge the results but election officials in states across the country say there has been no evidence of significant fraud.
Legal experts say Trump's efforts are unlikely to succeed.
— Yahoo News Australia (@YahooNewsAU) November 7, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden and his Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won Pennsylvania, surpassing the 270 electoral votes needed to remove Trump from office.
Photos showed Trump looking teary-eyed and tense while sitting in a golf cart and standing with a small group of people when the news broke.
He was wearing a white cap with his tagline, “Make America Great Again”.
Despite a solemn public appearance, Trump seems determined to not go down without a fight, tweeting, “I won this election, by a lot”.
“This election is far from over,” he said in a statement.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
Fraud claims unlikely to be successful
A number of Trump’s tweets claiming electoral fraud have been marked with an alert from the social media giant in the wake of the election result.
“Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process,” the warning says.
Large crowds were celebrating Biden’s victory when Trump returned to the White House from his game of golf, with many booing and chanting “loser”.
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