As election night drew to a close on Tuesday, vote tallies in a number of critical swing states showed President Donald Trump with the lead, after he won both Florida and Ohio.
As a result, Trump made clear in the early hours of Wednesday morning that he believes he is victorious. Trump also warned of bad actors who are attempting to steal the outcome, the Daily Wire reported.
“I want to thank the American people for their tremendous support tonight,” the president said to journalists and supporters who had gathered in the East Room of the White House, according to the Daily Wire.
“Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight, and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people, and we won’t stand for it,” he added.
“This is a fraud”
Trump also said that his team was “getting ready for a big celebration, we were winning everything, and then all of a sudden it was just called off.”
The president’s remark was in reference to the fact that some states stopped counting ballots when the president seemed to be leading.
“This is a fraud on the American public,” the president said, according to the Daily Wire. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.”
“Going to the U.S. Supreme Court”
“This is a very big moment,” Trump declared before again characterizing the suspicious activity in some states as being “a major fraud on our nation.”
“We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “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. It’s a very sad moment.”
However, a top attorney for the Biden campaign, Bob Bauer, also prematurely called the election. According to Axios, Bauer said Wednesday, “We are winning the election. We’ve won the election. And we’re going to defend that election.”