Speaking from the White House, the incumbent President told his supporters he believed the Democrats were trying to “disenfranchise” Republican voters, adding “we won’t stand for it”. Donald Trump thanked his wife Melania Trump and his entire family and said they were “getting ready for a big celebration”. In a stern threat to Joe Biden, he promised to appeal the results to the Supreme Court as he claimed “this is a major fraud on our nation”.
Speaking at the White House he said: “Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight.
“A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people and we won’t stand for it. We will not stand for it.”
Trump said he was ready to celebrate when it was “just called off”.
In a White House statement, he said: “We were getting ready for a big celebration tonight, we were winning everything and all of a sudden it was just called off.
“We were just all set to get outside and just celebrate something that was so beautiful, so good, such a vote, such a success.
“The citizens of this country have come out in record numbers, this is a record, there’s never been anything like it, to support our incredible movement.”
He said “it’s also clear that we have won Georgia”, adding: “We’re up by 2.5 percent or 117,000 votes with only 7 percent left – they’re never going to catch us, they can’t catch us.”
He said he has “clearly won” North Carolina and claimed there is “a lot of life” left in the Arizona race but conceded it is possible he may not win the typically Republican-backing state.
Trump said it would be “nice” to win Arizona but he does not need it.
“We don’t even need it. We don’t need that. That was just a state that if we would have gotten it it would have been nice, Arizona, but there’s a possibility, maybe even a good possibility, in fact, since I saw that originally has been changed and the numbers have substantially come down, just in a small amount of votes.
“So, we want that obviously to stay in play. But most importantly, we’re winning Pennsylvania by a tremendous amount,” he said.
Mr Trump said he is going to be “almost impossible to catch” in Pennsylvania.
“We’re winning Michigan. I tell you, I looked at the numbers. I said, wow, I looked, I said, wow that’s a lot,” he said.
Ahead of his speech, Donald Trump tweeted: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!”
He added: “I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!”
Twitter has labelled Donald Trump’s tweet as misleading.
A warning now appears next to the tweet saying: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
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