In his speech to the public on Thursday, Joe Biden expressed optimism that the election process “works” and called on people to remain calm while the remaining ballots are counted.
“In America, the voice is sacred. It is the way the people of this nation express their will,” the Democratic candidate said during a brief press conference at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. “And it is the will of the electorate-nobody, nothing else-to elect the President of the United States of America. So every ballot must be counted.”
Starting Thursday afternoon, Biden took the lead in the electoral college. According to the Associated Press count, the Democratic candidate had 264 votes compared to the 214 votes of President Donald Trump.
But the race is still too close to be decided, with millions of votes still to be counted in key swing states such as Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. According to NPR, an estimated 1.7 million votes remained uncounted in the four contested states on November 5 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Biden said on Thursday that “democracy is sometimes chaotic” and “sometimes requires a little patience,” but that he felt good where the race was at.
“We have no doubt that Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners when the count is complete,” he said. “Therefore, I ask everyone to remain calm – all people should remain calm. The process is working. The count is being completed right now, and we will know very soon.”
In the meantime, the President’s election campaign has filed several lawsuits in major swing states, which aim to have the ballots counted. Trump also twittered on Thursday morning: “STOP THE COUNTING!”.
Trump has not made a statement on television since the early hours of Wednesday morning when he claimed “cheating” in the race and declared victory prematurely in several states.
“This is a fraud on the American public,” the President said in his speech at the White House. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We have prepared to win this election, frankly, we have won this election. We have won this election. So our goal now is to ensure integrity for the good of this nation, this is a very great moment. This is a great fraud on our nation. We want the law to be applied in the proper manner.”
On Thursday morning during a conference call with reporters, campaign manager Bill Stepien said, “Donald Trump is alive and well”. Jason Miller, the campaign’s senior advisor, told the press that victory was imminent.
“We believe that President Trump will win the race again, and we believe it will be clear to the American public on Friday, as soon as possible at the end of tomorrow, that President Trump and Vice President Pence will serve another four years in the White House,” Miller said.