Donald Trump blames a burst pipe for his election struggles in Georgia

Donald Trump has blamed a burst pipe in Georgia for his struggles to win the state in the 2020 US Presidential Election
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Anyone who has dealt with a burst pipe knows the financial cost, the inconvenience and the water damage which the problem can cause. For Donald Trump, the consequences extend far beyond that as he has alleged that a burst pipe was responsible for his 2020 US Presidential Election struggles in Georgia.

President Trump told a White House press conference on Thursday 4th November: “In Georgia a pipe burst in a faraway location totally unrelated to the location of what was happening, and they stopped counting for four hours, and a lot of things happened. The election apparatus in Georgia is run by Democrats. We had margins of 300,000.”

Georgia is still yet to declare the winner of its electoral college votes. President Trump had an early lead in the state through votes cast on election day, but this lead has been eaten away by Mr Biden as postal votes are counted following huge numbers of Democrat supporters choosing to vote in advance.

Reports confirmed that a pipe did burst in a counting room at State Farm Arena in Fulton County where ballots cast in Atlanta were being counted. The BBC later fact checked President Trump’s claims, revealing that the leak affected a room where absentee ballots were being arranged.

It had no bearing on the count, nor did it stop votes being counted for four hours. President Trump was also incorrect when he said the election in Georgia was run by the Democrats. The Republicans control both houses of legislature in Georgia and the governor is Republican Brian Kemp.

President Trump has made allegations of widespread fraud to explain his election loss to Mr Biden, none of which have been substantiated.

As well as discussing the burst pipe in Georgia in Thursday’s press conference, President Trump also said that he had “easily won” the election if “legal votes” we counted and “illegal ballots” discarded.

Had State Farm Arena had a pipe repair kit on site, then they could have carried out a permanent burst pipe repair inside 30 minutes without any disruption to the election process.

The facility’s manager would simply need to seal the burst with Wrap & Seal Pipe Burst Tape, a waterproof repair tape which stretches by 300% and self-fuses to form a solid rubber band over the leak area.

This would then be overwrapped with a composite pipe repair bandage. When activated with water, the bandage sets rock hard to provide an impact resistant layer to cover the initial repair material.

No formal training would have been needed to carry out the live leak repair and it would have been effective on the burst pipe no matter its size or diameter – not that it would have stopped President Trump from using the situation as an excuse for the possibility that he may lose Georgia to Mr Biden.

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