President Donald Trump is checking to see how far he can go in using the presidential power trap to undermine confidence in this week’s election for Joe Biden, as Democrats win their place in The competition was tight in key battlefield states – and then advanced in Georgia.
With his path to re-election seemingly narrowed, Trump on Thursday launched unsupported charges of voter fraud to falsely argue that his opponents were trying to take power. It is an extraordinary attempt by a sitting US president to spread doubts about the democratic process.
“This is a case where when they’re trying to steal an election, they’re trying to staging an election,” Trump said from the podium of the White House conference room.
The Republican president̵7;s speech deepens feelings of anxiety in America as Americans enter the third day after the election without knowing who will be president for the next four years. His statements also led to criticism from some Republicans, especially those seeking to steer the party in a different direction in the post-Trump era.
No candidate has achieved the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House. But Biden eclipsed Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan, the Midwest’s two key battlefield states, overtook the president in Georgia earlier on Friday and is inching closer to do the same in Pennsylvania, where the votes voting is still counted.
It is not clear when the national winner will be determined after a long, bitter campaign dominated by the coronavirus and its effects on the Americans and the national economy. On Wednesday, the United States set another record for confirmed daily cases as several states announced all-time highs. The pandemic has killed more than 233,000 people in the United States.
Biden spent Thursday trying to ease tensions and build a more traditional image of the presidential leadership. After attending a news conference about the coronavirus, he stated that “every ballot must be counted.”
“I ask everyone to calm down. The process is working, ”Biden said. “That is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else, chooses the president of the United States of America.
Biden’s triumphs in the upper Midwest put him in a solid position, but Trump shows no sign of giving up. He got back to Twitter around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, insisting “The US Supreme Court should decide!”
It may take a few more days to finish counting votes and a clear winner will emerge. With millions of votes yet to be tabled, Biden received more than 73 million votes, the most in history.
Trump’s erroneous statements about election integrity have challenged Republicans now faced with the choice of whether to part with a president, who despite holding office of he becomes tough, but receives a towering approval rating from the senior GOP members.
Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan, a potential 2024 president who regularly criticizes Trump, said bluntly: “No excuses for tonight’s President’s comments undermine the Democratic process. ours. America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have.
But others are rumored to be considering running their own White House for four years in association with the incumbent, including Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Who tweeted in support of the statement. Trump, writing, “If the last 24 hours have made anything clear, it is that we need the new election law NOW.”
Trump’s campaign has been involved in a series of legal actions that try to improve the Republican president’s chances, demand a recount in Wisconsin and filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.
Judges in Georgia and Michigan were quick to dismiss Trump’s election lawsuits there on Thursday, as Trump still holds a small advantage in Georgia – though Biden is winning against him before further votes. Continuity is checked. The same is true in Pennsylvania, where Trump’s lead has dropped to around 18,000 votes – and the race is expected to get tighter.
One reason is that election officials are not authorized to process mail ballots until Election Day under state law. It’s a form of voting that has leaned heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months declaring without evidence that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.
The statewide mail ballots had collapsed in the direction of Biden. The final ballot count may not be clear for days as the use of mailed ballots, which take longer to process, has increased due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump’s campaign has said it is confident the president will eventually win in Arizona, where the votes are still being counted, including in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous region. The AP declared Biden as the winner in Arizona and said Thursday that it is watching the counting of the votes unfold.
Sally Buzbee, executive editor of the AP said: “The AP news agency continues to monitor and analyze the results of counting votes from Arizona when they arrive. “We will follow up in any case.”
Trump’s election campaign is facing legal challenges in a number of states, although he faces long ones. He would have to win lawsuits in many states to prevent the counting of votes, as many states were not published.
Some of the Trump group lawsuits just require campaign observers to have better access to the locations where the ballots are being processed and counted. A judge in Georgia dismissed the campaign’s complaint there less than 12 hours after it was filed. And a Michigan judge dismissed a Trump lawsuit over whether there are enough GOP challengers have access to the processing of absentee ballots.
Biden’s attorney Bob Bauer said the lawsuits were “worthless” legally. Their sole purpose, he said, “is to give them the opportunity to make false statements about what’s going on in the electoral process.”