President Trump accused Democrats of trying to “disenfranchise” his supporters and essentially declared himself the winner in the 2020 presidential election during a speech at the White House Wednesday morning.
In a speech just after 2:30 a.m., the president said early poll numbers rolled in showing he was winning big and that his campaign was enthusiastically watching the results. Then, he said, everything turned and the few states left — Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — effectively stopped reporting their data.
“We had millions and millions of people to come out to vote, and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people, and we won’t stand for it,” Trump said via the Daily Caller. “We won states that we weren’t expected to win. We won Florida — we didn’t just win it, we won it by a lot.”
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Axios reports Trump said he was suspecting foul play and that the U.S. Supreme Court would be ultimately getting involved.
“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump claimed ahead of any official announcement.
“We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we will be going to the U.S. 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,” he continued, echoing unsubstantiated claims that Democrats could be somehow affecting the voter tallies.
“Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight,” Trump added via Politico. “A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people. We won’t stand for it. We will not stand for it.”
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The remaining votes that are being counted are mostly from early and absentee voters, who statistically backed Biden over Trump.
Politico reports Trump did have a strong showing on Election Day, securing several key states. He also saw only a singular state that he won in 2016 — Arizona — officially be called for Biden:
On Tuesday night, Trump did win important states like Florida, Iowa and Ohio. But Biden won Arizona, while the race was too close to call in key states the president flipped in 2016, including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Officials in Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee said they would continue to count votes Wednesday as they work through a backlog of paper ballots. Trump’s team is bracing for a delay in results until the end of the week.
Axios reports contested states and undetermined voter tallies will ultimately determine the outcome of the election:
The state of play: Trump falsely claimed it was “clear” that he had won in North Carolina and Georgia, where the races remain too close to call as of his 2:30 am ET speech.
- He also pointed to vote counts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, where millions of mail-in ballots have not yet been tallied, to claim that he was winning in two swing states that are crucial in his path to the White House.