Trump urges House Republicans to be ‘more paranoid’ about vote counting

President Donald Trump urged House Republicans on Tuesday night to be “more paranoid than they are” about vote counting, suggesting in a speech during the National Republican Congressional Committee’s spring dinner that some closely contested elections may have been rigged in Democrats’ favor.

Trump, who has made repeated false claims about voter fraud and “electoral corruption,” told the audience at the dinner that Republicans have “got to watch those tallies.”

“There were a lot of close elections ... they seemed to, every single one of them went Democrat,” Trump said, without providing any specific examples. “There’s something going on fella, hey, you gotta be a little bit more paranoid than you are.”

The president, who suggested — without evidence — during November’s midterm elections that ballots had been “massively infected” in Florida and “electoral corruption” had taken place in Arizona, said on Tuesday that he doesn’t “like the way the votes are being tallied.”

“I don’t like it, and you don’t like it either. You just don’t want to say it because you’re afraid of the press,” Trump said, prompting some laughter from the crowd.

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President Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump, walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., after deboarding Marine One, on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump, walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., after deboarding Marine One, on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump, walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., after deboarding Marine One, on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump, deboard Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump, deboard Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump, walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., after deboarding Marine One, on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Trump repeated his threat to close the southern border, saying that U.S. 'detention areas are maxed out & we will take no more illegals' at a time the State Department has moved to cut aid to Central America at Trump's direction. Photographer: Tasos Katopodis/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Trump repeated his threat to close the southern border, saying that U.S. 'detention areas are maxed out & we will take no more illegals' at a time the State Department has moved to cut aid to Central America at Trump's direction. Photographer: Tasos Katopodis/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk off Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Trump repeated his threat to close the southern border, saying that U.S. 'detention areas are maxed out & we will take no more illegals' at a time the State Department has moved to cut aid to Central America at Trump's direction. Photographer: Tasos Katopodis/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Trump repeated his threat to close the southern border, saying that U.S. 'detention areas are maxed out & we will take no more illegals' at a time the State Department has moved to cut aid to Central America at Trump's direction. Photographer: Tasos Katopodis/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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WASHINTON DC - MARCH 31: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on March 31, 2019 in Washington, D.C.President Donald Trump declared he is likely to shut down Americas southern border this week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images)
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During the NRCC speech, Trump said he was “totally confident” that Republicans would soon “take the House back,” CBS News reported.

He also took a swipe at former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been accused of unwelcome touching by several women. 

“I was going to call him … I was going to say, ‘Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?’” quipped Trump, who has been accused by at least 20 women of sexual assault and harassment.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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