Monday, 25 Jan 2021

Donald Trump furiously claims he 'easily' won election with 'legal votes'

Donald Trump has taken to Twitter in a rant falsely claiming again that he has won the election despite there being hundreds of thousands of votes left to count.

In what is believed to be the closest US presidential election in history, a clear winner has not yet been determined as several crucial swing states are still counting mail-in ballots.

The president has already had legal bids turned down to stop counting early, amid false claims that the Democrats are tampering with ballots, but was back on Twitter ranting that the ‘U.S. Supreme Court should decide!’

Trump tweeted in the early hours of Friday: ‘I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!’

Former vice-president Joe Biden offered reassurances to the public that the counting could be trusted, projecting a more presidential appearance while urging patience over the result from Americans.

Trump and his Democratic rival are currently separated by just 1,775 votes in Georgia. Biden is leading with 264 electoral votes, according to AP, while Trump has 214 – a total of 270 are needed to take the top job.

There are still several key states hanging in the balance, including Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

The key battleground of Pennsylvania remains too close to call, but Biden only needs to win that state or Georgia to claim the presidency.

Trump is facing a tougher task – he needs to be victorious in both states as well as North Carolina and Nevada.

Election officials announced in Nevada that they may not finish counting until November 12, although they hope to have the bulk of their ballots counted by the weekend.

The Trump administration has filed lawsuits in Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania due to what he feels is improper counting of the vote.

It comes after the president made the same claims on Thursday night during a speech at the White House, saying that some votes that have been counted are illegal but offered no evidence.

He found it ‘amazing how those mail-in ballots are so one-sided’ and claimed the Democrats are trying to ‘steal the election from us’.

This story is being updated, more to follow…

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