Trump buries American democracy, rejects yet to be announced result
London, Nov. 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-In a manner that shocked the world, American president Donald Trump has rejected the result of the yet to be released November 3 election on the ground of massive corruption
Trump falsely claimed that Republican election count observers were being blocked or denied access in Philadelphia and Detroit and baselessly accused his political rivals of trying to steal Tuesday’s US election
His Democratic challenger Joe Biden earlier appealed for calm as the nail-biting count drags on in five states.
President Donald Trump entrenched in false claims that a count of legally cast ballots would show him winning the presidential election, using the White House briefing room to espouse claims that he is being deprived the presidency by fraud.
Beyond allegations of irregularities, the Trump campaign has not presented any evidence of election fraud.
Speaking from the White House on Thursday, the president added: “We were winning in all the key locations, by a lot actually, and then our numbers started getting miraculously whittled away in secret and they wouldn’t allow legally permissible observers.”
Mr Trump’s critics have pointed out his lead is being cut into because he actively discouraged his supporters to vote by mail, while Mr Biden urged his voters to use postal ballots, and it is these votes that are now being tallied in the key states.
The president added: “There’s been a lot of shenanigans and we can’t stand for that in our country.”
“If you count the legal votes I easily win,” Trump said, providing no evidence for his claim. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”
His message came as new tallies show his lead dwindling in Georgia and Pennsylvania. While Trump retains a pathway to 270 electoral votes, it is growing smaller.
Trump said he was advocating for a halt in counting of “votes that came in late,” and went on to tout races that had already been called for him.
“I’ve already decisively won many critical states, including massive victories,” he claimed.
Trump was last seen publicly early Wednesday at the White House, where he delivered a speech and claimed some legitimate tallying efforts should stop. The President also tried to assert victory in the election.
Trump currently has 213 electoral votes, and Joe Biden, who has taken the lead in the race, has 253 electoral votes.
As vote counts continue in key states, the Trump campaign has been running a fundraising campaign asking for donations in order to fund legal challenges.
Supporters have been inundated with pleas to “stop the left” from “stealing” the election.
Today alone, they’ve raised $8m (£6.1m) as part of an effort to help fund its election lawsuits, a finance chairman for the Trump Victory group told CBS.