Donald Trump has just said that he has won the presidential election even as the race remains too close to call. He also appeared to say that he would ask the Supreme Court to stop votes from being counted in key battleground states.
“Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said in a White House speech early Wednesday morning. Major news outlets like CNN, the New York Times, and the AP have not declared a winner in the race because mail-in ballots have not yet been counted in key battleground states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Trump went on to accuse Democrats of “fraud” in the election.
“So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation,” Trump said. “This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner.”
He then threatened to go to the Supreme Court.
“So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”
No voting was occurring anywhere in the U.S. when he spoke, only counting, leading some analysts to believe that he intends to ask the Supreme Court to force states to stop counting votes.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) immediately responded, calling Trump’s words “a partisan attack on Pennsylvania’s elections, our votes, and democracy.”
Let’s be clear: This is a partisan attack on Pennsylvania’s elections, our votes, and democracy.
Our counties are working tirelessly to process votes as quickly AND as accurately as possible.
Pennsylvania will have a fair election and we will count every vote.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 4, 2020
Joe Biden also called out Trump for declaring victory with so many votes still not counted.
It's not my place or Donald Trump's place to declare the winner of this election. It's the voters' place.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 4, 2020