Trump falsely claims victory as Biden calls for patience
Counting of votes in several key states continues
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said he was being tricked into a second term, while Democrat rival Joe Biden called for patience and wait for the vote count.
“If you count legitimate votes, I win easily,” Trump said. “If you count illegal votes, they might try to steal the elections from us.”.
Trump claimed that his lead in key states was “secretly canceling out” as the counting proceeds..
Biden is ahead of Trump in both popular vote and more importantly, the electoral college votes, which actually determine the winner..
The president did not respond to journalists’ questions, and three mainstream television stations stopped live coverage of his speech when he accused the Democrats of trying to “steal the election.”.
“We will not let corruption steal such important elections,” Trump said, adding that he was ready to appeal to the Supreme Court..
Trump’s trustees in several states challenge the integrity of the process in court.
Biden, meanwhile, encourages patience, but expresses confidence that in the end he will win..
“Every ballot has to be counted,” Biden said in a short speech in Wilmington, Delaware. – It will be so, it is happening now. It should be so. Democracy is sometimes confusing. And sometimes it takes a little patience. “.
Speaking with his vice presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, Biden added: “We have no doubt that when the vote count is over, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners. I ask everyone to stay calm. “.
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Since election day, Trump’s headquarters have filed or expressed intent to file lawsuits in a number of states, making various accusations regarding the voting process or the counting of votes. To date, no judge has issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the incumbent..
In Clark County, Nevada, which could bring Biden the electoral majority he needs to win, Trump’s headquarters have sued, claiming they allowed 10,000 nonresidents to vote and prevented Republican observers from checking invalid ballots..
“Illegal vote counting is unacceptable in this country. And that’s exactly what is happening in Nevada, “said Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence and adviser to Trump’s campaign staff..
Clark County Voter Bureau Chief Joe Gloria denied the accusation. “We are not aware of the processing of any inappropriate ballots,” he said at a press conference..
The president’s headquarters also made it clear that it will require a recount in Wisconsin, where Biden leads by more than 20,000 votes..
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