"This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment for our country," said the president. "So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court."
It took him a while to get there, but at approximately 2:30 AM ET, President Donald Trump declared a premature victory of the 2020 election before many battleground states had been called and as millions of votes remained uncounted.
Instead, he touted the margins and quoted the numbers by which he was leading in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin with 20 to 30 percent of the votes yet uncounted, suggesting that he was going to go to the Supreme Court to get "all voting to stop."
"Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight, and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people and we won't stand for it," he said. "We will not stand for it."
"They knew they couldn’t win so they said, let’s go to court," Trump said in his statements. "All of a sudden everything just stopped. This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment for our country."
"We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election," he continued. "So our goal now is to ensure the integrity, for the good of this nation; this is a very big moment."
"We want the law to be used in the proper manner. So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court," the president continued. "We want all voting to stop. We don't want to find any ballots at 4 o'clock in the morning and add them to the list."
The strangeness of his wording was clear, as he appeared to be referring to uncounted votes that had already been submitted. So the voting phase of the democratic process is over, so was he suggesting that he wanted the counting to stop? And as legal experts immediately suggested, there is no legal grounds by which to do that.
It's also worth noting that Trump railed against Fox News for calling Arizona for Joe Biden (which would be a flip) without having counted all the votes in that state. Instead, he seemed to insist that voting continue there, while at the same time suggesting he wants it to stop in states where he's leading.
"To me this is a very sad moment. We will win this," he said, before ultimately putting it out there directly and saying, "As far as I’m concerned, we already have won."
"Frankly, we did win," said Trump.
After he gave his statement, Vice President Mike Pence came forward and directly emphasized the value of respecting the electoral process, including the counting of all the votes.
Trump's comments came about an hour after former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to his own followers, suggesting that he was very confident in the ultimate results of the election. But he also emphasized the importance of allowing all the votes to be counted, and then accepting those results.
Hollywood was outraged by Trump's early declaration of victory, as well as his suggestion that this is "a fraud on the American public," his declaration that he wanted "voting" (counting?) to stop and his threats to take some sort of case to the Supreme Court.
trump is basically just skewing logic anyway he can at this point. In regards to close but not called states, if he’s up; he says it counts. if he’s down; he says it doesn’t count. he says people voting for Biden are “disenfranchising” his supporters. now he’s just making noises.
Trump just declared victory, before the votes are counted. We knew it, we called it and bad things will happen because this asshole did this. Be strong people. Be safe. This has never happened. If this was a third world country we’d be laughing at them. I hate this man so much.
What Trump just did is the greatest case Democratic lawyers will have in every court room in America over the next few days. He just announced the election for himself before the votes have been counted. Sometimes the only thing that gives me hope is how bad he is at being bad.
You don’t come out & say you’ve won states you have not won unless you’re worried about actually winning them. That sad and pathetic and absolutely ludicrous speech, says exactly that. He’s acting the gov’t is trying to take the election from him but HE IS THE GOV’T.