As the counting of ballots for the 2020 presidential election continues in the embattled states, Donald Trump Jr. expressed doubts as to whether Joe Biden received record numbers of votes or not.
The president’s son asked on Twitter on Friday if anyone believed that Biden had received more votes in this election than the previous record set by Barrack Obama in 2008, despite the numbers being widely reported.
“Does anyone really believe that Joe Biden has shaken Obama’s historic 2008 numbers? Does anyone really believe that he did this mainly in big cities? Come on man!!!!”, tweeted Trump Jr.
Does anybody really think that Joe Biden shook Obama’s 2008 historical numbers?
Does anyone really think he did this mostly in big cities?
– Donald Trump Jr (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 6, 2020
By Friday, Biden had received and counted more than 73 million votes, surpassing the previous record of 69,498,516 votes Obama had received in 2008.
Votes for Biden account for 50.5 percent of the total votes counted, and ballots are still being processed in the contested states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
President Trump is trailing with at least 69,798,381 popular votes, or 47.7 percent of the total number of votes counted.
The 2020 elections saw a huge turnout, setting the record for the highest number of votes in 120 years and the highest postal vote in history.
At least 160 million people – nearly two-thirds of all American voters eligible to vote – cast their ballots this year, and experts predict that the number will continue to rise as votes continue to be counted.
Voter turnout in 2020 is expected to be around 67 percent, the highest since the 1900 elections between Republican President William McKinley and Democratic challenger William Jennings Bryan, in which turnout was 73.7 percent and McKinley won.
In a tense race, Biden is another Democratic candidate who took the lead in the popular vote. With the exception of 2004, the Democrats have won the popular vote in every presidential election in the last 20 years.
Biden extended his lead in the race after winning in Wisconsin and Michigan, two major states that voted Trump in the 2016 elections.
On Friday morning, Biden had 264 votes according to the Associated Press, and he leads by a narrow margin in Pennsylvania and Georgia. The former vice president is also expected to win in Nevada and Arizona, while Trump is expected to take North Carolina.
If Biden maintains his lead in Pennsylvania in the counting of votes, he would win the election.
Despite predictions that Biden is getting closer and closer to victory, the Trump campaign has claimed that the election is far from over.
“Biden is relying on these states for his pretended claim to the White House, but once the election is over, President Trump will be re-elected,” said Matt Morgan, general counsel of the Trump 2020 campaign, on Friday.
Over the past three days, the Trump campaign has responded to the election results with unfounded allegations of electoral fraud, lawsuits and false claims of victory.