Trump claims false victory despite vote counting still on

President Donald Trump has falsely claimed that he has won the US election with millions of votes still to be counted after his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, said he was confident of winning a contest that will not be resolved until a handful of states complete vote-counting over the next hours or days.

The current United States President has repeatedly and without evidence suggested that an increase in mail-in voting will lead to an increase in electoral fraud, although election experts say that fraud isn’t a common feature of mail voting while also disclosing that mail-in ballots are a long-standing feature of American elections.

“Frankly, we did win,” Mr Trump told supporters at the White House tonight. “This is a fraud on the American public,” the president said. “This is an embarrassment to our country.” But election results from some battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia, are still not clear and projections from major networks and Edison Research shows Trump is still short of the 270 electoral votes needed for him to be re-elected.

A Facebook spokesperson said it has added a notification to feeds to reflect that votes are still being counted and the winner has not been projected in a bid to curb the spread of false news this announcement by the President can cause.

Speaking at the podium in the White House’s East Room, Trump began by thanking his family, and the millions of supporters who turned out for him today. “We were getting ready for a big celebration,” he says. “We were winning everything.” Taking a triumphant tone, Trump celebrated his big win of the night in Florida. “We didn’t win it, we won it by a lot,” he said. The president also baselessly accused Democrats of trying to “disenfranchise” his supporters. “We will not stand for it,” The billionaire President said.

He pledged to fight the results of the election at the Supreme Court. “We will be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop,” Trump said. He also claims a lead in Pennsylvania – just like rival Joe Biden did earlier on election night. It is still too early to determine a winner in the state. “Most importantly we’re winning Pennsylvania by a tremendous amount of votes,” the president said.

But again, there are many outstanding votes in Pennsylvania, and it’s still unclear who has won the pivotal swing state.

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Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Tom Wolf called Trump’s unsubstantiated claim about fraud a “partisan attack”, and said his state was working hard to count more than 1 million mail-in ballots. “Let’s be clear: This is a partisan attack on Pennsylvania’s elections, our votes, and democracy,” Wolf said in a tweet. “Our counties are working tirelessly to process votes as quickly and as accurately as possible. Pennsylvania will have a fair election and we will count every vote.”

Source: Reuters

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