US President Donald Trump on Friday claimed his party agents were barred from observing vote counting in parts of the country.
The Republican candidate seeking reelection said his campaign office has started a lot of litigations against Democrat challenger Joe Biden and his party, alleging that “they are trying to rig an election and we can’t let that happen”.
Trump spoke for nearly 17 minutes about the country’s democratic process, saying his “goal is to defend the integrity of the election”.
“Our goal is to defend the integrity of the election. We will not allow corruption to steal such an important election. We can’t allow anybody to silence our voters and manufacture results,” he alleged.
Continuing, he said, “There are now only a few states yet to be decided in the presidential race. We were winning in all the key locations actually and then our numbers started getting miraculously whittled away in secret and they wouldn’t allow legally, permissible observers.
“In a couple of instances, we were able to get the observers in and when the observers got in, they wanted them 60, 70 feet away outside the building to observe people inside the building.
“In Philadelphia, observers are being kept far away, so far that people are using binoculars to try and see and there have been tremendous problems because they put papers on all of the windows so you can’t see. The people that are banned are very unhappy.”
Both candidates still had paths to winning the White House by hitting the magic majority threshold of 270 of the electoral votes awarded to whichever candidate wins the popular vote in a given state.
But momentum moved to Biden, who made a televised speech from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware to say that “when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”
By flipping the northern battlegrounds of Michigan and Wisconsin, and also winning formerly pro-Trump Arizona, Biden reached over 250 electoral votes against 214 so far for Trump.
To reach 270, Biden hopes to add more electoral votes from Nevada, where he had a small and shrinking lead, or, even better, the larger prizes of hard-fought Georgia or Pennsylvania.
We had earlier reported that Biden launched a transition website “so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One”.