On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump falsely asserted that he was the victor of the US election, with millions of votes yet to be counted, and said he would turn to the Supreme Court to halt the tallying of votes.
“Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said after claiming he was winning several swing states where votes were still in the process of being counted.
Earlier, the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, had expressed confidence in winning the election, which would span days or weeks, depending on when all states finish counting votes.
Trump, who according to initial results is in an extremely close race with Biden, voiced his desire to go go to court and wanted “all voting to stop”.
“We’ll be going to the US Supreme Court, we want all voting to stop. In fact, there is no more voting just counting,” he said.
It seems he meant halting the tallying of mail-in ballots which, if they were sent in time, can be legally accepted by election boards after Tuesday’s election.
Biden’s campaign announced that it would combat any attempts by Trump’s campaign to go to the Supreme Court in order to block ballots from being tabulated.
In a statement, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon referred to Trump’s statement as “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect”.
O’Malley Dillon said the Biden campaign has “legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort”, adding “they will prevail.”
The Republican President’s own camp did not seem to be very supportive of his decisions either.
“It’s a bad strategic decision. It’s a bad political decision,” Chris Christie, a Trump advisor said of the middle-of-the-night speech.
In all US states, Election laws necessitate that all votes are counted. Many votes are still to be counted this year, compared to previous elections, as a large amount of people voted early by mail due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Trump has frequently claimed, without much evidence to back it up, that an increase in mail-in voting would result in fraud, despite election experts confirming that fraud of this kind is rare, and that mail-in ballots are an enduring and well-established feature in American elections.