DONALD Trump has doubled down on his claims that he is being deprived of the presidency by fraud, accusing the Democrats of trying to rig the 2020 Presidential election.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” President Trump said.
“If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”
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It’s the first time Trump has spoken since early Wednesday (local time) at the White House, where he delivered a speech claiming some legitimate vote counting efforts should stop and insinuating he had won the election.
Speaking from the White House this morning, Mr Trump continued his attack on mail-in voting, labelling it a corrupt process but failed to provide any evidence to back up his claims.
“I have been talking about mail-in voting for a long time and it has really destroyed our system. It is a corrupt system and it makes people corrupt even if they are not by nature but they become corrupt,” he said.
“Our goal is to defend the integrity of the election and we will not allow the corruption to steal the election or any other election.
“We cannot allow anybody to silence our voters and manufacture results.
“People know what is happening and they have seen what is happening.
“A tremendous investigation going on and this is a case where they are trying to steal an election, to rig an election and we cannot get that happen”
His message came as new tallies show his lead dwindling in Georgia and Pennsylvania. Trump retains a pathway to 270 electoral votes but it is growing smaller.
Currently, Joe Biden continues to hold a narrow lead in the electoral vote count on 253 while Donald Trump has 213.
The state of Pennsylvania could take Biden over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the presidency when the complete its outstanding counts over the coming 24 hours.
Biden is only behind Trump by a little more than 78,000 votes in the Keystone State after having trailed at one point by more than half a million ballots in the hours after polls closed.
In Georgia, a state that holds 16 electoral votes, Biden’s mail-in ballot advantage has pulled him to less than 4,000 votes of the President.
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Earlier, Democratic rival Joe Biden addressed the nation and said he had “no doubt” that he and Kamala Harris would win the election.
“We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners.
“So I ask everyone to stay calm, all people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed, and we’ll know very soon.
“So thank you all for your patience, but we have to count the votes,” Biden said.