President Donald Trump declared victory early Wednesday in the 2020 presidential election, holding leads in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and North Carolina.
The Democrat-run states have not been called for Trump, who also leads in Georgia, another state that has not been called. Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, is currently in the lead in Nevada and Wisconsin, which have also not been called.
Speaking from the East Room of the White House, President Trump opened himself up for criticism, in going against conventional wisdom, to say he won, before election results were made official in these states.
“This is a fraud on the American public,” Trump insisted. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.”
With Democrats in a position they could have only hoped for, a tight race in a few key states that will likely come down to mail-in ballots, the President vowed that he’ll take the matter to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
“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 U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. It’s a very sad moment.”
Trump noted that he effectively called the current scenario, due to an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots being sent out under the guise of the (COVID-19) pandemic — “tens of millions.” he said.
Recent history has certainly shown that the longer a count drags out, the more votes Democrats manage to acquire.
At the same time, Trump took exception to Arizona, being called for Biden.
“Arizona, we have a lot of life in that,” he said. “Somebody declared victory and maybe it will be, but certainly there were a lot of votes out there that we could get. We’re now just getting into Trump territory and that could be overturned.”
Trump echoed the “fraud” sentiment in a tweet that Twitter flagged for potentially being “disputed” or “misleading.”
“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!” the President tweeted.
Not to be outdone, Joe Biden was a little more subtle, but he let it be known that he was “on track to win.”
“We feel good about where we are. We really do,” he told supporters in Delaware. “I am here to tell you tonight, we believe we’re on track to win this election. We knew because of the unprecedented early vote and the mail-in vote, it was going to take a while. We were going to have to be patient until we uh… the hard work of telling the votes is finished.”
“And it ain’t over ’til every vote is counted, every ballot is counted. But we are feeling good; we are feeling good about where we are.”
Keep in mind that Trump leads Pennsylvania 55.75% – 43.06%, Michigan 51.37% – 47.04%, North Carolina 50.09% – 48.69%, and Georgia 50.48% – 48.30%.
Biden’s remarks prompted tweets from Rush Limbaugh’s longtime producer, Bo Snerdley, and talk radio host Mark Levin, both questioning Biden’s tactic.
Joe Biden – he thinks he is “on track” to win – it ain’t over until every vote is counted – but we’re feeling good
This is poppycock
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) November 4, 2020
What the hell is Biden doing? PR stunt. Joe wants you all to believe he is the winner in waiting. Bizarre
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 4, 2020
On the other hand, Fox News’ Dana Perino, the former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, hit Trump for declaring victory prematurely.
She cited Ben Shapiro, who voted for Trump, criticizing the president in a tweet, calling it “deeply irresponsible” for him to say he has won. She noted that Trump saw some big wins in the House and Senate, but suggested that the media will now say he “went too far.”
No surprise, colleague Chris Wallace went further. Much further.
“This is an extremely flammable situation and the President just threw a match into it,” he charged. “He hasn’t won these states.”
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump ally, called the victory declaration a “bad strategic decision.”
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