President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced that it will hold a press conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday with several prominent members of Trump’s family and campaign team.
The event was announced in an e-mail to reporters shortly before Wednesday, 14:00 ET. According to the e-mail, the press conference will be held on the corner of Arch Street and North 12th Street at 3:30 p.m. The message did not include details on how to get involved, but Trump’s campaign usually broadcasts their events via livestream on their YouTube page and Twitter feed.
The press conference will be attended by the President’s son, Eric Trump, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two senior Trump campaign consultants, Lara Trump and Corey Lewandowski.
Giuliani tweeted around 2:00 p.m. that he was “on his way to Philadelphia with a team of lawyers” and simply added “massive fraud. Giuliani tweeted several times on Wednesday about the voting in Pennsylvania, arguing that Trump had “gained about 550,000 votes,” with 75 percent of the ballots counted. “Won’t let Philly Democratic hacks steal him,” Giuliani wrote.
According to the Associated Press, Trump leads the Democratic candidate Joe Biden by nearly 500,000 votes. The AP noted that only 64 percent of the state reported votes, and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told NPR on Tuesday that the remaining absentee and postal ballots still needed to be counted, a process that could take several days.
Trump and his campaign staff have made several unsubstantiated allegations of vote fraud and postal ballots, arguing that Democratic Party officials are conspiring to deprive the president of leadership in the rest of the states.
Twitter has marked at least five of Trump’s post-election tweets as false or misleading. One of these tweets included an attack on Pennsylvania, with the President claiming: “They are working hard to make 500,000 voting advantages in Pennsylvania disappear – ASAP”.
The state is particularly controversial because it could prove to be the key to the White House for either Trump or Biden as the race continues to go head-to-head. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state can accept postal ballots received up to three days after election day, a move for which Trump has threatened legal action.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to vote in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous decision,” Trump twittered on Monday. “It will allow rampant and uncontrolled fraud and undermine our entire judicial system. It will also lead to violence on the streets. Something must be done!