PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP early Wednesday addressed supporters at a White House gathering, asserting election fraud on the part of Democrats and boasting of an inevitable victory, all the while appearing intent on girding his base for fights that he threatened to take to the Supreme Court.
“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country,” Trump said from the East Room of the White House, emerging to the strains of “Hail to the Chief” before speaking at a podium positioned in front of a Trump-Pence campaign banner. “We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.”
By early Wednesday, neither Trump nor Joe Biden had reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win. Yet Trump touted his victories in Florida, Texas and Ohio and predicted future wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
“They can’t catch us,” Trump said.
His vague pronouncements that voting had continued after Election Day deadlines and that the counting of ballots should be halted did not sit well even with some Republicans.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hit back at Trump’s claim, telling ABC News there isn’t a “basis to make that argument tonight. There just isn’t.”
Trump also said the election results would be challenged in the Supreme Court.
“We want the law to be used in a proper manner, so we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Trump said. “We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. It’s a very sad moment.”
He doubled down on his claim to victory: “We will win this, and as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it.” US News