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With Millions Of Votes Still Uncounted, Trump Falsely Declares Victory In Deranged Late-Night Rant

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With Millions Of Votes Still Uncounted, Trump Falsely Declares Victory In Deranged Late-Night Rant




In a dangerous attack on American democracy, President Donald Trump declared victory in the presidential race, even as the most important battleground states remain too close to call with millions of votes yet to be counted.

In remarks at the White House early Wednesday, Trump falsely asserted election fraud, pledged to mount a legal challenge to official state results and made a premature claim of victory.



“A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise [people who voted for me] and we won’t stand for this,” Trump told supporters in the East Room of the White House shortly before 2:30 a.m.

“We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything, and all of a sudden it was just called off,” Trump said. “We’ll be going to the US Supreme Court, we want all voting to stop,” Trump continued. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”

It was unclear what Trump meant by “going to the Supreme Court,” given that the nation’s highest court is rarely the first judicial venue for a case, but rather, it reviews previous courts’ rulings.

The president incoherently claimed that he’d won several states that are still counting ballots, including Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country,” Trump said in a rambling statement.

“It’s a very sad moment to me, a very sad moment, and we are going to win this,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned we already have won this, so I want to thank all of our supporters and I want to thank everybody that worked with us.”

His Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, said in a speech earlier that “we believe we’re on track to win this election,” citing Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, where votes were still being tallied in a bitterly contested presidential election that may take days to resolve. “It ain’t over till every vote is counted,” Biden said.

This is the nightmare scenario many political reporters and authoritarian experts have long warned about: the president is seeking to sow doubt about the legitimacy of the election as his pathway to victory continues to narrow.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace slammed the president’s dangerous remarks, telling viewers: “This is an extremely flammable situation and the president just threw a match into it. He hasn’t won these states … the president doesn’t get to say he won states … there’s no question that all these states can continue to count votes.”








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