In a bizarre 90-minute speech in Valdosta, Georgia, on Saturday evening, the US president attacked officials who certified the state for Joe Biden and falsely claimed that there had been widespread voter fraud.
However, during the speech, which was his first since losing 3 November’s election to Mr Biden, he also made a bizarre claim about cucumbers.
After segueing between various topics, Mr Trump told the crowd at the rally: “Blueberries, peppers, squash and cucumbers. Who does cucumbers around here?”
He added, as the crowd cheered: “Because I like cucumbers. I’m the only one. I like cucumbers.”
President Trump held the rally on Saturday in support of Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who will face Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on 5 January in runoff elections, after no candidate got more than 50 per cent of the vote in either race on 3 November’s election.
Although Mr Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election last month, Mr Trump has yet to concede, despite officially launching the transition process.
The president and his campaign team have filed around 40 unsuccessful lawsuits in battleground states that Mr Biden won. The Trump team has so far provided no definitive evidence of any voting irregularities.
During Saturday’s rally, Mr Trump called on those in government with “courage and wisdom” to help him overturn Mr Biden’s win and falsely claimed that he won in Georgia. The US president lost the state by more than 12,000 votes.
“They cheated and they rigged our presidential election, but we will still win it,” Mr Trump then falsely claimed. “And they’re going to try and rig this [Senate] election too,” he added, in reference to the 5 January election.
The US president eventually encouraged his supporters to vote for Ms Loeffler and Mr Perdue, but both senators were drowned out when they entered the stage, as the crowd chanted “stop the steal” and “fight for Trump”.
As the 3 November election result dominated the rally, Mr Trump claimed that if he thought he had lost, then he would be “a very gracious loser”, and added: “I’d go to Florida … I’d take it easy.”
Mr Biden won the presidential election by 306 to 232 electoral college votes, and received 7 million more ballots nationally than Mr Trump.