In the early hours of Wednesday morning at the White House, President Donald Trump mistakenly claimed victory in the 2020 presidential election as several major swing states were still counting hundreds of thousands of ballots.
The commander-in-chief’s preemptive claim to victory sparked a backlash from both conservative commentators and the Joe Biden campaign, which described the speech as “outrageous” and “unprecedented” before warning that it would keep its legal team on standby for any upcoming court battles.
Below is a complete transcript of Trump’s “victory speech” from the White House on election night.
President Donald Trump: This is without question the last press conference I have ever had. I appreciate it very much, and I would like to thank the American people for their tremendous support. Millions and millions of people have voted for us tonight, and a very sad group of people are trying to deprive that group of people of the right to vote, and we will not tolerate that. We will not tolerate this.
I would like to thank the First Lady, my entire family, and Vice President Pence, Mrs. Pence, for joining us all in this. And we were preparing for a great celebration.
We were about to win everything and suddenly it was just cancelled. The results tonight were phenomenal. And we are preparing. I mean, literally we were all ready to go outside and just celebrate something that was so beautiful, so good. Such a vote, such a success. The citizens of this country showed up in record numbers. That’s a record.
There has never been anything like this to support our incredible movement. We have won states that Florida would not have expected us to win, we have not won them. We won it by a huge margin. We won the great state of Ohio, we won Texas. We won Texas with 700,000 votes, and they don’t even include it in the tables. It’s also clear that we won Georgia. We’ve gone up 2.5 percent or 117,000 votes and we only have 7 percent left. They will never catch up with us, they can’t catch up with us.
We also clearly won North Carolina, where we got 1.4 percent more votes. We are 77,000 votes left with about 5 percent, they can’t catch up with us. And when you look at Arizona and you see that there’s a lot of life there, and somebody said, somebody declared that it was a win – and maybe it will be a win, that’s certainly possible – but there were certainly a lot of votes out there that we could get because we’re just now getting into the area that they call the trump zone. I don’t know what you call it, but those were friendly Trump voters, and that could be overturned.
The gentleman who called them, I watched tonight, he said we think it’s pretty unlikely we can catch them. Pretty unlikely? And we don’t even need it, we don’t need that. That was just a condition that, if we had gotten it, would have been nice, Arizona. But there is a chance, maybe even a good chance. Since I saw that it was originally changed and the numbers have dropped considerably, just a small number of votes. So we want that to stay in the game, of course.
But the most important thing is that we win Pennsylvania with an enormous amount of votes. We have 600 more votes – remember, remember – we have 690,000 more votes in Pennsylvania, 690,000 more votes, that’s not even close, that’s not like it’s close. With 64 percent of the vote, it’s going to be almost impossible to get it, and we’re going to get to good parts of Pennsylvania where they happen to like your president. So we’ll probably be expanding that.
We win Michigan. I tell you, I looked at the numbers and I said, “Wow,” I said, “Wow, that’s a lot. With almost 300,000 votes and 65 percent of the votes are in, and we’re winning Wisconsin. I said we don’t need all of them, because if you add Texas, which was not added. I just recently talked to the really wonderful Governor of Texas and Greg Abbott congratulated me. He called me to congratulate me on winning Texas. I mean, we won Texas, I don’t think they’ve finished tabulating, but there is no way. And it was almost complete, but he congratulated me.
And he said by the way, what’s going on here? I’ve never seen anything like it. Can I tell you something? Nobody has seen anything like it. So, we won by 107,000 votes, 81 percent of the vote, which