Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, has attacked President Donald Trump for implying, without reason, that officials are trying to steal the Republican Party’s election.
Trump delivered an unprecedented speech early Wednesday morning, falsely claiming that he had won the election and claiming – without any evidence – that election officials had engaged in electoral fraud to prevent his victory.
The president called on officials to stop counting votes in certain states and suggested that he appeal to the Supreme Court to do so. Legal experts said there was no clear reason for Trump to do so.
The outcome from Pennsylvania remains unclear. It was predicted that the Keystone State would play a key role in the race for the White House, and its 20 votes could tip the final winner over the all important 270 votes.
Wolf said early Wednesday that his state would end the counting of all ballots regardless of Trump’s protests. He wrote on Twitter: “We still have over 1 million postal ballots to count in Pennsylvania. I have promised the people of Pennsylvania that we will count every vote, and we will do so”.
“Let us be clear: This is a partisan attack on the Pennsylvania elections, our votes and democracy,” Wolf added. “Our counties are working tirelessly to process votes as quickly AND as accurately as possible. Pennsylvania will have a fair election, and we will count every vote.
Philadelphia Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt added his vote to condemn the President’s speech. Schmidt is responsible for elections and voter registration in the city, which represents a large portion of the state’s voters.
“Philadelphia will NOT stop counting ALL the legitimate votes of those eligible to vote,” Schmidt wrote on Twitter. “And we will report and report and report until the last vote is counted.”
Wolf had already criticized Trump on Tuesday when the polling stations were still open, responding to the president’s claim that “we have many eyes watching the state,” to any suggestion of impropriety.
Wolf replied to Twitter: “The Pennsylvanians are not intimidated. They can watch us count every vote and have a fair election”.
Meanwhile, in the campaign of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, it was said that Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of victory and electoral fraud were “outrageous.
Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said Trump’s statements were “unprecedented because never before in our history has a president of the United States attempted to deprive Americans of their vote in a national election.
“We repeat what the Vice President said tonight: Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election. Joe Biden does not decide the outcome of this election. The American people decide the outcome of this election. And the democratic process must and will continue until its conclusion.