US President Donald Trump erupted Thursday in a tirade of unsubstantiated claims that he has been cheated out of winning the US election as vote counting throughout battleground states confirmed Democrat Joe Biden steadily closing in on victory.
“They are trying to steal the election,” Trump stated in a rare assertion on the White House two days after polls closed.
Providing no proof and taking no questions afterward from reporters within the room, Trump used the remarks of almost 17 minutes to make the form of incendiary statements in regards to the nation’s democratic course of which have by no means been heard earlier than from a US president.
According to Trump, Democrats have been utilizing “illegal votes” to “steal the election from us.”
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” he claimed. “They’re trying to rig an election. And we can’t let that happen.”
Beyond the rhetoric, Trump’s complaints have been particularly focusing on the integrity of the large variety of ballots mailed in, slightly than solid in particular person on Election Day.
The massive shift to postal ballots this yr mirrored the need of voters to keep away from risking publicity to Covid-19 in crowded polling stations throughout a pandemic that has already killed greater than 230,000 Americans.
However, as a result of Trump typically denied the seriousness of the virus and informed his supporters to not help mail-in ballots, far fewer Republicans took benefit of the choice, in comparison with Democrats.
Several main US tv networks minimize away from stay protection of Trump’s occasion quickly after it began, with MSNBC citing the necessity to right false claims by the president.
Biden closes in
Trump’s rant got here as returns from nonetheless undeclared states across the nation confirmed Biden trending towards victory.
Biden, 77, was only one or at most two battleground states away from securing the bulk to take the White House. Trump, 74, wanted an more and more unlikely mixture of wins in a number of states to remain in energy.
In feedback to reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden stated “we continue to feel very good.”
“We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator (Kamala) Harris and I will be declared the winners,” he stated.
Trump, who shocked the world in 2016 when he received the presidency in his first ever run for public workplace, lashed out in a sequence of written statements earlier than holding the White House look — the primary in public for the reason that night time of Tuesday’s election.
Biden, who has promised to heal a rustic bruised by Trump’s terribly polarizing 4 years in energy, appealed for “people to stay calm.”
“The process is working,” he stated in Wilmington. “The count is being completed. And we will know soon.”
All about Pennsylvania?
In Georgia, a usually Republican state, Trump had a razor skinny and steadily slipping lead of lower than 3,500 votes. With 98 p.c of ballots already counted, the president and Biden have been headed to a photograph end.
In Arizona and Nevada, Biden held on to slim leads. If Biden wins each these states he would additionally win the presidency.
But the largest piece of the puzzle was Pennsylvania, the place Trump’s early lead was once more steadily draining away, as election officers homed in on processing mail-in ballots, that are extra sometimes solid by Biden supporters.
The Democratic hopeful at present has 253 of the 538 electoral faculty votes divvied up between the nation’s 50 states. He has 264 with the inclusion of Arizona, which Fox News and the Associated Press have known as in his favor, however different main organizations haven’t.
If Biden took Pennsylvania, he would seize 20 extra electoral faculty votes, thereby immediately topping the mandatory 270 for total victory.
With simply over 325,000 ballots excellent, the official overseeing elections in Pennsylvania, Kathy Boockvar, informed an early night press she couldn’t give an estimate for a whole depend.
“It’s very close in Pennsylvania, right?” Boockvar stated. “So that means it’s going to take longer to actually see who winner is.”
Latest outcomes confirmed Trump’s lead within the state had shrunk to round 61,000 votes
Trump tries to cease counts
Trump’s marketing campaign continued to insist that the president has a approach to win, citing pockets of Republican help but to be counted in such shut races.
But Trump’s overwhelming focus was on claiming, with out proof, that he was a sufferer of mass fraud.
Trump prematurely declared victory Wednesday and threatened to hunt Supreme Court intervention to cease vote-counting however it has continued nonetheless.
Since then, his group fanned out throughout the battleground states difficult the leads to courtroom and staging a sequence of press conferences the place supporters lodged allegations of irregularities.
“STOP THE COUNT!” Trump tweeted earlier Thursday, referring to his unsupported declare that the mail-in ballots specifically are fraudulent.
But whereas Trump was demanding that counting be halted in Georgia and Pennsylvania — the place he’s main — his supporters and marketing campaign insisted that it proceed in Arizona and Nevada, the place he’s trailing.
The marketing campaign has introduced lawsuits in Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania and Michigan — the place it has already been dismissed — in addition to demanding a recount in Wisconsin, the place Biden received by simply 20,000 votes.
Bob Bauer, a lawyer for the Biden marketing campaign, dismissed the slew of lawsuits as “meritless.”
“All of this is intended to create a large cloud,” Bauer stated. “But it’s not a very thick cloud. We see through it. So do the courts and so do election officials.”
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