Donald Trump tonight raised the specter of a bitter challenge of the remaining ballots to be counted in the presidential race, telling a crowd of supporters at the White House that “as far as I am concerned we have already won.”
The incumbent also said that he would be going to the Supreme Court, saying, “We want all the voting to stop.” Trump added: “This is a fraud on the American public.”
But what the former Celebrity Apprentice host said does not reflect the reality of a fairly normal part of the election process.
What has been happening in states like Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan is that remaining ballots remain to be counted, including mail-in ballots in Democratic-leaning metro areas. The vote counting has taken longer than normal because of the sheer number of absentee returns.
“This is straight up autocratic malarkey,” said Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC. On CBS News, Norah O’Donnell said that Trump was “castrating the facts of the election results” that have been reported, falsely claiming that he has won the election.
In his remarks, Trump claimed that “a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people, and we won’t stand for it.” But he didn’t seem to challenge the counting of remaining votes in Arizona, where he trails Biden and the race has been called by Fox News.
Many predicted a scenario in which Trump declares victory and falsely claims that the remaining results would be fraudulent. Although he boasted of a lead in Pennsylvania, a huge chunk of the vote is not yet in in Pennsylvania.
More to come.
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