President Donald Trump released a statement announcing his victory in the presidential election on Tuesday and said he believes the election will be rigged.
There is no evidence at this time of any widespread election or voting fraud.
When Trump spoke from the White House early Wednesday morning, opponent Joe Biden took a narrow 225-214 electoral college lead.
“I want to thank the American people for their tremendous support. Millions and millions of people voted for us today. And a very sad group is trying to get that group to vote. We will not stand for that, we will not stand for what we won,” Trump said.
Many warring states have not been counted, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, North Carolina. With the advent of mail-in voting, states need more time than usual to count votes. Officials in Pennsylvania say the turnout could take days. Only the winner of Pennsylvania can determine the winner of the election.
“We are big, but they are trying to block the election. They will never let it happen. They can’t vote after the polls are over!” Trump tweeted.
As soon as the message was sent, Twitter flagged the tweet for misinformation.
In response, Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley called Dillon Trump’s comments “outrageous, unprecedented and misleading.”
“This is outrageous because it is a naked attempt to usurp the democratic rights of American citizens,” he wrote.
New: Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon says, “Tonight’s the president’s statement about trying to stop the turnout was outrageous, unprecedented and wrong.” pic.twitter.com/dysSKDtk1c
– Yamiche Alcindor (amyamiche) November 4, 2020
Trump’s comments Contradictory statements he made Tuesday morning When he told Fox News that he would announce the victory “only if there is a win”, he said he was “not playing”.
Trump will win because he leads in the major states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. But Biden performed well in the mail-in vote, and there are still plenty of mail-in votes in all three states. That is why the media has not yet provided an official plan for those states.
Then on Wednesday morning, Trump’s path to victory narrowed when he won a victory for Biden’s home in the state of Arizona. Biden currently has 238 electoral votes, while Trump currently has 212 votes.
Although there is no obvious reason to do so until now, Trump has vowed to go to the Supreme Court to deny the election count.