As expected, Donald Trump has declared premature victory in the U.S. presidential election – despite the fact that votes are still being counted.
Election results from key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia, were still not clear as of Wednesday morning.
Although millions of votes are yet to be counted across the U.S., President Trump claimed victory over his Democratic challenger Joe Biden at the White House this morning.
Trump told supporters: “Frankly, we did win.”
#BREAKING: President Trump declares victory, says he’ll go to the Supreme Court: “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.” #ElectionNight
NOTE: Trump has NOT been declared the victor in the election. pic.twitter.com/OH8ZkfDMuJ
— The Hill (@thehill) November 4, 2020
The President also threatened to go to the US Supreme Court to dispute the election count.
He claimed: “This is a fraud, this is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election, plainly, we did win this election.”
“So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner, so we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court.”
“We want all the voting to stop, we don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning. We will win this, as far as I’m concerned we already have.”
Donald Trump and Joe Biden are in a race to reach 270 electoral votes, as ballot results from across the U.S. roll in.
BREAKING: Democrat Joe Biden wins the state of Arizona, according to the Associated Press.
Here’s where the electoral votes currently stand:
Biden – 236
Trump – 213
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) November 4, 2020
As of 8am this morning (Irish time), Biden was leading with 236 votes, while Trump has 213.
During a speech in his hometown of Delaware, Biden said: “We feel good about where we are. We really do. I’m here to tell you tonight, we believe we’re on track to win this election.”
However, Biden warned “it ain’t over ’til every vote is counted,” before adding: “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won this election – that’s the decision of the American people.”
Former Vice Pres. Biden delivers a statement at his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, DE. “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won this election—that’s the decision of the American people.”
— ABC News (@ABC) November 4, 2020