WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is testing how far he can go in using presidential power to undermine confidence in this week’s election against Joe Biden, as Democrats head to some major battlegrounds I entered the field in tight competitions.
Along the route to narrow his election again, Trump on Thursday improperly argued unsupported allegations of voter fraud that his opponent was trying to seize power. This amounted to an extraordinary effort by an American president to sow doubts about the democratic process.
From the podium of the White House briefing room, Trump said, “This is a case when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to rig an election.”
The president’s remarks deepened the sense of concern in the US as Americans enter their third full day after the election, without knowing who will serve as president for the next four years. His statements also reprimanded some Republicans, particularly in the post-Trump era looking to steer the party in a different direction.
Neither candidate has reached the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House. But Biden eclipsed Trump at two important Midwestern battlegrounds in Wisconsin and Michigan, and came close to outpacing the president in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where votes were still being counted.
It was unclear whether a national winner would be determined after a long time dominated by the coronovirus and its effects on Americans and the national economy. The US set another record for daily confirmed cases on Wednesday as several states posted all-time highs. The epidemic has killed more than 233,000 people in the United States.
Biden on Thursday tried to ease tensions and create a more traditional image of the president’s leadership. After attending the coronovirus briefing, he announced that “each ballot should be counted.”
“I told everyone to be calm. The process is working, ”said Biden. “This is the will of the voters. No one, no one else who elects the President of the United States. “
Biden’s victory in the upper Midwest catapulted him into a strong position, but Trump did not give up. He was back on Twitter at around 2:30 pm on Friday, “The US Supreme Court should decide!”
It may take several more days before the counting of votes ends and a clear winner emerges. After millions of ballots were tabulated, Biden had already received more than 73 million votes, the highest in history.
Republicans challenged Trump’s inaccurate claims about the integrity of the election now had to choose whether a breakup with a president could, although his grip on his office was tightened, from the GOP’s rank and file members Sky-high approval rating received. .
Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan, a potential 2024 presidential hopeful who has often criticized Trump, disproportionately said: “There is no defense to the president’s comments tonight to undermine our democratic process. America is counting votes, and we should respect the results as we always have. “
But those who are rumored to be considering running their own White House in four years have associated themselves with the encounter, including Sen. Josh Hawkley, R-Mo, who supported Trump’s claims Tweeted that, “If the last 24 hours have made anything clear, it is that we now need new election integrity laws.”
Trump’s campaign has been engulfed in a flood of legal activity to try to improve Republican presidential opportunities, a retreat in Wisconsin and lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.
Judges in Georgia and Michigan on Thursday quickly dismissed the Trump campaign lawsuits.
Trump held a small edge in Georgia, though Biden was taking advantage of that as the counting of votes continued. The same was true in Pennsylvania, where Trump’s lead slipped to nearly 22,000 votes – and the race is set to be tight.
One reason is that election officials were not allowed to process mail-in ballots until election day under state law. This is a form of voting that has been heavily skewed in Biden’s favor after Trump claimed for months without any evidence that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.
Mail ballots from across the state were crumbling heavily under Biden’s direction. A final vote may not be clear for the total number of days because the use of mail-in ballots, which take longer to process, has increased as a result of the coronovirus epidemic.
The Trump campaign said it was confident the president would eventually win in Arizona, where votes are still being counted, including Maricopa County, the state’s most populous region. The AP declared Biden the winner in Arizona and said on Thursday it was monitoring the vote count as it moved forward.
“The Associated Press continues to view and analyze vote count results from Arizona,” said AP executive editor Sally Buzbee. “We will follow the facts in all cases.”
Trump’s campaign was filing legal challenges in several states, though he faced long odds. It would have to win multiple lawsuits in many states to prevent counting of votes, as more than one state was undeclared.
Some lawsuits on the Trump team only demand better access for campaign observers to places where ballots are being processed and counted. A judge in Georgia dismissed the campaign’s trial less than 12 hours after it was filed. A Michigan judge dismissed Trump’s lawsuit over whether enough GOP challengers had access to deal with absentee ballots
Biden attorney Bob Bauer said the suits were legally “meritless”. Their sole purpose, he said “is to create an opportunity for them to give a false message about what is happening in the electoral process.”
Weisser from Wilmington, Delaware, reported. Associated Press authors Jill Colvin, Colleen Long and Alexandra Jaffe contributed to this report in Washington.