President Trump has declared that he ask “lawyers” to challenge election results immediately after the polls close.
The president warned that he would take legal action to ensure a second term as he spoke to journalists before attending a campaign rally in North Carolina.
Once polls close in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Trump said, “we’re going in with our lawyers” to halt the counting of ballots.
There is already an appeal pending at the Supreme Court over the counting of absentee ballots in Pennsylvania that are received in the mail in the three days after the election.
Trump denied that he would prematurely declare victory on Election Day but he bemoaned Supreme Court verdicts that permitted Pennsylvania and North Carolina to count absentee ballots that are postmarked ahead of Election Day but arrive shortly after Tuesday.
“I think it was a terrible decision for our country. And I think it was a very dangerous decision for our country,” Trump said. “Because you’re going to have one or two or three states, depending on how it ends up, where they’re tabulating ballots and the rest of the world is waiting to find out. And I think there’s great danger to it, and I think a lot of fraud and misuse can take place. I think it’s a terrible decision by the Supreme Court. A terrible decision.”
The President’s repeated claims of widespread fraud regarding mail-in voting have been debunked time and time again.
“Now, I don’t know if that’s going to be changed, because we’re going to go in night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers,” Trump continued, adding: “I don’t think it’s fair that we have to wait a long period of time after the election. Should’ve gotten their ballots in a long time before that. Could’ve gotten their ballots in a month ago. I think it’s a ridiculous decision.”
As states expanded the ability to vote early, records were set as almost 100 million Americans have already cast their ballots. According to polls, the Democratic hopeful Joe Biden maintains a large lead among early voters in key states, whereas Trump has proven to be more favorable for those still to vote.
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