Trump Suggests Biden Outperforming Obama in Black Communities Is a Sign of 'Rigged Election'

President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to reiterate unsubstantiated, and widely discredited, claims about rampant voter fraud contributing to his recent election loss.

Speaking to Fox News' Maria Bartiromo during his first televised interview since Election Day, the sitting president once again insisted that President-elect Joe Biden's projected win was contrived through misconduct and ballot manipulation, despite an absence of evidence to support his allegations. Amid a collection of statements he made to argue the presidential contest was "rigged," Trump suggested that Biden's favorability among Black voters, compared to former president Barack Obama's, validated his accusations about fraudulent results.

"We won the election easily. There's no way Joe Biden got 80 million votes," he told Bartiromo. "I just said, there's no way Joe Biden beat Barack Obama in the Black communities of various cities, and then he did very badly compared to Obama in other cities throughout the United States. There's no way it happened. This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election."

With upwards of 160 million ballots cast across the country, last month's general election saw the highest voter turnout in 120 years. Both Biden and Trump earned more votes than any other presidential candidate in U.S. history, each surpassing Obama's previous 2008 record. Obama received roughly 69.5 million votes during that year's election.

Exit polling data showed 87 percent of Black voters who participated in this year's election supported Biden, while 12 percent supported Trump. Data collected after the elections that preceded Obama's consecutive terms in office showed at least 90 percent of Black voters cast ballots in favor of the former president in 2008 and 2012. Advocacy groups and grassroots mobilization efforts that aimed to increase participation among Black voters this year are credited for significant contributions to Biden's overall win.

Nearly one month after Election Day, Trump has not yet officially conceded the presidency to Biden. His re-election campaign has pursued dozens of lawsuits aiming to challenge election results in court, specifically targeting states that Biden won, and continued to push for appeals after numerous judges tossed out complaints for lack of evidence.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on November 26. He suggested on Sunday that President-elect Joe Biden outperforming Barack Obama in some Black communities was a sign of a "rigged election." Erin Schaff/Pool/Getty Images

His campaign's attempts to undermine states' results have included arguments that allege misconducted tabulation procedures took place, both manually and electronically, to prevent Trump from returning to the White House next term. The sitting president has accused election officials of taking part in a Democratic plot to "steal" the election from him on multiple occasions, and often refers to certain ballots as "illegal" even after courts reject such claims.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for further comment but did not receive a reply in time for publication.