Multiple battleground states appeared to begin swinging toward Democrat nominee Joe Biden on Friday, and Biden didn’t waste any time issuing a statement declaring his intent to “get the work done and start the process.”
Biden stopped just short of declaring victory in the hotly contested election, allowing mainstream media outlets to do the dirty work for him.
Biden makes his move
Biden appeared late Friday evening to issue a statement revealing that he is confident the Biden/Harris ticket will be declared the winners of the election once the final votes are counted.
“We don’t have a final declaration of victory yet,” Biden said, but the numbers show “a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race.”
“We’re going to win this race with a clear majority of the nation behind us,” he told supporters in Delaware, pointing to emerging leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia — two states that haven’t voted blue in decades.
Biden currently holds 264 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 214, but the number hasn’t changed since election night as chaos overtook the ballot-counting process in a number of critical battleground states. Biden must win 270 electoral votes to claim victory.
Biden concluded his appearance by indicating that his team has already begun preparing for a transition, commenting that though he can’t declare victory yet, “we’re not waiting to get the work done and start the process.”
Trump strikes back
Donald Trump fired back at Biden on Friday evening by issuing a counter-statement calling on Biden not to “wrongfully claim” the White House.
“Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President,” Trump tweeted. “I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!”
“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by,” Trump added. “Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!”
President Trump has vowed to keep fighting with every legal resource available as allegations of voter fraud and ballot-counting inaccuracies rise in many of the most contested states, such as North Carolina and Georgia.
“We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification, and that this is no longer about any single election,” Trump said in a separate statement. “This is about the integrity of our entire election process.”