President Donald Trump, in his final sprint before Election Day, is actively accelerating his campaign to spread distrust into the U.S. electoral and legal system, laying the basis for a potential effort to stop. Counting votes after November 3.
“The whole world, and our nation, will wait, and wait, and wait to hear who has won? Will you have to wait weeks? “Trump asked a crowd of supporters on Saturday morning in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
There has been a huge spike in national early and mail ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic, in particular – polls show, among Democrats. Because of the way some states as important as Pennsylvania count the votes, that could mean that the winner of the election is not determined on election night, and that could mean some states are counting late absentee votes. may show the initial result as Trump wins, only for Joe Biden to outdo him as there are more votes. There̵7;s nothing about that to indicate fraud or illegality, and it’s not uncommon for some states to take days to complete the vote count. However, Trump is now loudly asserting otherwise.
He repeatedly blamed the Supreme Court, which earlier this week rejected the Pennsylvania Republican request to make a decision on pre-election mailed votes, making the matter difficult. towels. That denial means that Pennsylvania can still count postmarked ballots on Election Day as long as they arrive before November 6; Republicans have sued to prevent them from counting anything that comes after November 3.
“This is a terrible thing they did to our country. And that’s the US Supreme Court that I’m talking about. It was a terrible, political, terrible decision they made. We’ll wait, November 3 will come and go and we won’t know, ”Trump said. “And you will have bedlam in our country, and you will have this time of nine days or seven days or whatever, and a lot of bad things – the ballots will be, ‘oh we just found Seeing eleven thousand votes, great, we just found another thousand. ‘This is a terrible thing the US Supreme Court has done to our country. And I said it, I said it out loud and I said it proudly. “
“We have to know who won,” he said. “We have to know who won.”
There is no legal or constitutional reason for election results to be known on election night – the reason this often happens is because of media decision-making bodies and organizations such as the Associated Press. But Trump’s insistence matches the opinions of some conservatives at the Supreme Court. In an opinion in a Wisconsin vote-count case last week, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that states are concerned with avoiding “chaos and suspicion of emptiness. justifiable could happen if thousands of absentee ballots fall behind election day and potentially overturn the results of an election. “
In the case of Pennsylvania, three conservative court judges – Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas – say that the court can process late ballots after Election Day, increasing the likelihood of nullifying them. The state is currently planning to keep ballots coming after November 3 separately and not include them in the tally until the case is resolved.
Saturday morning’s comments came in a much more intimate setting than his usual MAGA rallies. He spoke to hundreds of supporters at Newtown’s Ranch, the first of three stops in Pennsylvania for the day. His tone, different from the usual commotion, remained subdued during the entire one-hour-twenty-minute speech, where he tried to dislodge worries about a delayed election outcome.
At least one attendee that BuzzFeed News spoke to agreed with the president. Joe Techner, 21, in Philadelphia, said: “Democrats will continue to riot even more.
But for the most part, the supporters who came cheering for him just a few days before the election disagreed. They did not expect “bedlam.”
Steve Britt told BuzzFeed News: “I don’t think there’s going to be a commotion. “I think he will win. I don’t think he even thinks he will need Pennsylvania, so I don’t think there is anything to worry about.
The Milligans from Doylestown expressed similar sentiment and hinted that people understood a bit better than Trump meant.
“There will be more voters than ever before in voting history. Stage, ”said Sue Milligan as she waited to board the yellow bus carrying hundreds of supporters to the farm. “And I think this is one of the biggest elections, and I think people are willing to give a little more time to get all the votes.”
Anotonio Aspite, who was betting on the president’s victory in a landslide, also dismissed the president’s comments. “I think everything will be fine,” Aspite, 43, told BuzzFeed News. “I think common sense will prevail and the country will return to normal as soon as he wins on Tuesday.”
Then at another rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, he seemed to change his tune, saying, “If we win on Tuesday or – thank you very much, Supreme Court – right away.” later.”