President Donald Trump claimed early victories in four major swing states on Wednesday, although the votes are still being counted and the media are predicting a victory for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in one of them.
Trump posted victories in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The networks have already called Michigan for Biden, and in the other three states electoral ties are still in close races.
“We have claimed for the purposes of the election vote the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which does not allow legal observers), the State of Georgia and the State of North Carolina, each of which has a BIG trump card in the leadership. In addition, we hereby claim the State of Michigan, if indeed…,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “There were a large number of secret ballots, as has been widely reported.”
The New York Times recently published a tracker showing which media and news agencies in each state called the presidential race an election campaign, and according to this tracker, no media agencies in Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina made an official call.
Meanwhile, several media, including CNN, Fox News and the Decision Desk headquarters, have declared a Biden victory in Michigan.
Trump’s tweets were also flagged by Twitter, which stated that “some or all of the content shared in this tweet is controversial and could be misleading in relation to an election or civil society processes.
Washington Newsday asked Trump’s campaign to comment.
While Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia were not officially named, the incumbent Republican president is currently leading in these three swing states.
According to the Associated Press, Trump currently leads by four points over Biden in Pennsylvania, which currently holds 86 percent of the reported votes. In both Georgia and North Carolina, Trump currently leads by 1.4 points according to the AP, with 96 percent of the votes reported in Georgia and 94 percent in North Carolina.
This is not the first time Trump has proposed an early victory in the 2020 election.
During his speech at the White House early Wednesday morning, Trump criticized the Democrats, saying they were trying to “disenfranchise” his own supporters and described the election as “an embarrassment to our country.
“We were getting ready to win this election,” Trump said. “Frankly, we won this election.”
His premature claim to win the election was met with backlash from a number of legislators, including former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, both of whom had previously expressed support for the president.
If Trump’s claim proves to be true, he would win a total of 51 votes, 20 from Pennsylvania, 15 from North Carolina and 16 from Georgia.