Before complete results, Donald Trump terms presidential elections a major fraud
WASHINGTON (Web Desk) - Speaking to supporters at 2:20am Eastern from the White House, President Donald Trump falsely claimed victory in the presidential election and said that he would demand the US Supreme Court stop counting votes.
Trump’s remarks capped off an intense, high-anxiety Election Day that sees the president in a close race with challenger and former vice president Joe Biden. He kicked off his speech by baselessly claiming that Republican voters were being disenfranchised.
“Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight, and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people, and we won’t stand for it,” he said. “We will not stand for it.”
Trump continued that he was “winning everything, and all of a sudden it was just called off.” Calling the results so far “phenomenal,” he indicated that he had been preparing to celebrate victory Tuesday night.
“Literally, we were just all set to get outside and just celebrate something that was so beautiful, so good, such a vote, such a success,” he said.
Despite the race still being too early to call, the president nevertheless attempted to declare himself the winner and threatened to enact court action to halt further ballots from being counted.
“Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump falsely asserted. “So our goal now is to ensure the integrity, for the good of this nation — this is a very big moment, this is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner, so we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. It’s a very sad moment.”
But delays in the count have long been expected due to the influx of mail-in ballots this year, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has kept millions of Americans from visiting the polls in person.
Trump spent most of his remaining time at the podium insisting that he was ahead in a number of races, claiming with no proof that it was “clear” he had won Georgia and North Carolina, when no major news outlets had called the results in either state.