Trump ramps up unfounded fraud claims as Biden in ‘no doubt’ he’ll win

Donald Trump has doubled down on unsubstantiated claims his political opponents are trying to rig and steal the US election.

In his first public appearance for 36 hours, the president said “we can’t allow anyone to silence our voters and manufacture results” – but declined to offer any evidence for his allegations of corruption and wide-scale ballot tampering.

He insisted during a White House speech that “if you count the legal votes, I easily win”, despite no victor having been announced yet and Joe Biden leading in both the Electoral College and the popular vote.

Earlier, Mr Biden declared “each ballot must be counted” and urged people to “stay calm” because “the process is working”.

He said he felt “very good about where we stand”, adding he had “no doubt” he will be declared the winner.

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Biden appeals for calm as vote count continues

It comes as five nail-biting races in battleground states remain too close to call.

Mr Biden is just 17 Electoral College votes short of the 270 either candidate needs to clinch the White House.

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Demonstrators outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center protests on November 5, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania continues to count votes from the November 3 election. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:Counting is underway in five too-close-to-call state races

If he takes Pennsylvania, where Mr Trump is ahead but seeing his lead gradually shrink, that would give Mr Biden 20 more and push him over the line.

If he fails to flip the key state from red to blue, then the remaining races in Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina and Nevada will make for an even tighter election finale.

Demonstrators with ShutDown DC hold a protest to promote the counting of all votes, in Washington, DC, November 5, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:The Biden campaign said Mr Trump’s comments were ‘asure sign he’s losing’

On election night, Mr Trump claimed victory before key results had been announced and accused his political opponents of a “fraud on the American public” without providing any evidence, calling for counts in four states to cease.

In his latest remarks, the president promised there will be “a lot of litigation” because “they’re trying to steal an election, they’re trying to rig an election and we can’t let that happen”.

Despite his campaign being pressed repeatedly to verify those accounts, Mr Trump offered none – only vowing: “It’s going to end up perhaps at the highest court in the land.”

But Mr Biden’s team hit back, calling the intervention “desperate, baseless and a sure sign he’s losing.”

Mr Trump’s son, Donald Jr, has called for him to “go to total war” over the “cheating” – again unsubstantiated – “that has been going on for far too long”.

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How Trump or Biden could still win

The president has launched legal action in several states in a bid to halt counting, but had one bid denied in Michigan.

It is possible the race for the presidency will be dragged out into a third day.

In Nevada, more results are not expected until tomorrow.

In Pennsylvania, secretary of state Kathy Boockvar said “the overwhelming majority of ballots will be counted by Friday”.

She also denied there was any evidence of voter fraud apart from one case of a man trying to get a ballot for a deceased relative that was discovered several weeks ago.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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