WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has said he is being tricked into being denied a second term, while Democrat rival Joe Biden has urged patience to wait until the vote count is over.
“If you count legitimate votes, I’m winning easily,” Trump said. “If you count illegal votes, they might try to steal the elections from us.”
Trump argued that his lead in key states was “secretly canceling out” as the count continued.
Biden is ahead of Trump in both popular vote and more importantly, the number of votes in the Electoral College, which actually determines the winner.
The president did not respond to journalists’ questions, and three mainstream television stations stopped live coverage of his speech when he accused the Democrats of trying to “steal the election.”
“We will not allow corruption to steal such important elections,” Trump said, adding that he was ready to go to the Supreme Court.
Trump’s confidants in a number of states are challenging the integrity of the process in court.
Biden, meanwhile, encourages patience, but expresses confidence that in the end he will win.
“Every ballot has to be counted,” Biden said in a short speech in Wilmington, Delaware. – It will be so, it is happening now. It should be so. Democracy is sometimes confusing. And sometimes it takes a little patience. “
Speaking with his vice presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, Biden added: “We have no doubt that when the vote count is over, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners. I ask everyone to stay calm. “
Since election day, Trump’s headquarters have filed or expressed intent to file lawsuits in a number of states, making various accusations regarding the voting process or counting. To date, no judge has issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the incumbent.
In Clark County, Nevada, which could bring Biden the electoral majority he needs to win, Trump’s headquarters have sued, claiming that 10,000 non-residents were allowed to vote and that Republican observers were not allowed to check invalid ballots.
“Illegal vote counting is inadmissible in this country. And this is exactly what is happening in the state of Nevada, ”said Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence and adviser to Trump’s campaign staff.
Clark County Voter Bureau Chief Joe Gloria denied the accusation. “We are not aware of the processing of any inappropriate ballots,” he said at a press conference.
The president’s headquarters also made it clear that it will require a recount in Wisconsin, where Biden is leading by more than 20,000 votes.
Requests for recalculation may come in other states as well.