November 6, 2020 | 4:08pm
After delivering an unbridled press conference Thursday night, his leads evaporated in Georgia and Pennsylvania. But Trump doubled down on his claim that he won if only “legal ballots” are counted.
“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 written statement emailed out Friday afternoon.
“This is about the integrity of our entire election process. From the beginning we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn. We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government. I will never give up fighting for you and our nation.”
A Trump loss would be assured if Biden wins Pennsylvania. Trump is more than 13,000 votes behind as of Friday afternoon with tens of thousands of votes yet to be tallied, including 35,000 in Democratic-leaning Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh.
In a Friday morning statement, Matt Morgan, the Trump campaign’s general counsel, said: “This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.”
Morgan said: “Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail. There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations… In Nevada, there appear to be thousands of individuals who improperly cast mail ballots. Finally, the President is on course to win Arizona outright, despite the irresponsible and erroneous ‘calling’ of the state for Biden by Fox News and the Associated Press.
“Biden is relying on these states for his phony claim on the White House, but once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected.”
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