President Donald Trump addressed his supporters early Wednesday morning and declared victory in the presidential elections. Trump also hinted that he would ask the US Supreme Court to intervene in the election process.
Trump told White House listeners early Wednesday morning that the Democrats were trying to “deprive people who voted for him of the right to vote. “Millions of people voted for us tonight,” he said. “A very sad group of people are trying to deprive this group of people of the right to vote. And we will not tolerate this.”
Trump called the election “an embarrassment to our country. We were preparing to win this election. Frankly, we won this election.”
“We want the law enforced properly, so we’re going to the United States Supreme Court,” Trump added. “We want all votes stopped. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four in the morning and put them on the list. This is a very sad moment.”
Trump’s speech came as the Associated Press reported that he followed former Vice President Joe Biden in the quorum votes. However, he pulled out necessary victories in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Texas. The results from the contested states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Michigan have yet to be announced. The final election results were not available on election night, as a large number of Americans cast their votes by postal vote. Trump has been warning his supporters for weeks that the increased use of postal ballots would lead to increased electoral fraud.
The president had been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter since 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, but broke that silence shortly after the break of Wednesday morning. He told his supporters that his campaign was “BIG” but said that “they were trying to steal the election”, probably referring to Democrats and postal ballots.
“We will never let them do it,” Trump posted on Twitter. “Votes cannot be cast after the Poles (sic) are closed!”
A minute later, the President announced on Twitter that he would make a statement tonight, an expectation expressed early in the evening by former President’s aide Kellyanne Conway.
At the time of Trump’s speech he had 213 votes on the Electoral College and 225 votes on the Biden, according to the Associated Press. With 46 votes from the electoral college in play with Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, the election was still open to everyone. However, given Biden’s strong lead in the national polls, the close race does not bode well for those who were looking for a safe referendum on the president.
Early Wednesday morning Biden gave his supporters a brief update. Flanked by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, the former vice president praised voters for their patience and reminded them that a long night was to be expected. Despite Trump’s victories in Florida and Texas, two states considered feasible by the Democrats, Biden said his team felt “good where we are” and he was confident that Arizona would eventually be decided in his favor. Fox News gave Biden an Arizona victory, but was under pressure from the Trump campaign to withdraw it on the grounds that it was too early to challenge it. Fox News Decision Desk Director Arnon Mishkin stuck to his decision.
“It is not my job or Donald Trump’s job to explain who won this election,” Biden said. “This is the decision of the American people, but I am optimistic about this outcome”…