President Donald Trump arrives to address the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC on November 5, 2020.
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President Donald Trump refuses to allow the election after NBC News and other media outlets projected that Democratic candidate Joe Biden defeated him in the White House race.
“The simple fact is that this election is far from over,” Trump said in a statement released just minutes after NBC forecast that Biden would be elected president.
“Joe Biden has not been certified as a state winner, let alone one of the highly competitive states headed for mandatory recounts or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate winner,” Trump said.
Trump vowed that starting Monday his team would begin “following our case in court to ensure that electoral laws are fully observed”.
Biden had led Trump on the NBC list of planned votes for the electoral college from 253 to 214 earlier on Saturday. The former vice president was exaggerated when NBC forecast he would receive the 20 Pennsylvania electoral votes.
Trump had traveled to his private golf club in Sterling, Virginia, for his opponent less than two hours before the race.
In a statement released around noon on Saturday, Biden said he was “honored and humbled by the trust the American people have shown in me and the vice-president-elect [Kamala] Harris. “
“In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. This proves once again that democracy is deep in the heart of America,” said the president-elect. “When the campaign is over, it will be time to leave the anger and harsh rhetoric behind and come together as a nation.”
However, the Trump campaign denies that the campaign has ended. The president and his alternates have filed lawsuits in several key states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, and have already signaled that they want to push for recounts in some close races.
Trump himself has spread unproven allegations of electoral fraud in key states, even though election officials and judges have repeatedly been pushed back in numerous court cases. When, in the days after election day, the number of votes in key states seemed to favor Biden, Trump even demanded that states stop counting the ballot papers.
“Obviously he won’t admit if at least 600,000 ballots are eligible,” Trump’s attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said at a press conference in Philadelphia on Saturday without producing evidence.
Meanwhile, world leaders came out of the woods to congratulate Biden and Harris on winning the race against Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet to Biden and Harris, “I am very much looking forward to working with and building on both of you.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted, “Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and to historic Vice-President Kamala Harris.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, long regarded as one of Trump’s closest allies on the world stage, also congratulated the planned elected president.