US President Donald Trump’s call to halt the vote counts is met with backlash as the election still remains undecided in a number of key states. Critics are blasting the Republican for his dangerous assault on the institutions and American democracy. Earlier on Wednesday, Trump from East Room of the WH said he had already beaten Joe Biden and election was rigged against him. He voted to move Conservative-dominated Supreme Court against decision of vote counts in the state where he has already claimed victory. He declared him victor in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia. The election has not yet concluded and the Republican and his Democratic challenger are still vying for triumph in battleground states with millions of votes still being counted.
Trumps premature claims about victory amount to stealing the election as he enjoys a good lead in outstanding states in North Carolina, Wisconsin Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania. The irony is that President does not want vote counts in the states he is leading but demands voting to continue in Arizona and other crucial states where he is lagging.
“Millions and millions of people voted for us,” Trump said in the East Room. “A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people.”
The President earlier opposed postal ballots
The Republican is upset that hundreds of thousands of mail-in votes registered in early polls are being still counted. This clearly shows that he is wary of the competition and threat posed by Democratic nominee. If the trends remain same, there is quite a possibility that Biden will beat him in Midwest. But the postal ballots are created in a way that they look as legitimate as the traditional ballots casted through in person voting.
“We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything. And all of a sudden it was just called off,” Trump said. “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country.”
“Frankly, we did win this election,” he said, despite millions of votes still uncounted. The President delivered his televised statement after his Democratic rival said all outstanding votes be counted before announcing the results.
“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who has won this election,” Biden told his crowd in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Republican has a history of making most brazen swipes at intelligence services and attacking judiciary. For instance, he coerced the Justice Department to be loyal to him than law. He asserted that as a president he has ultimate power under US constitution to do whatever he likes.
“I have an Article Two where I have the right to do whatever I want as President,” Trump declared last year.
Legally cast ballots
It is not clear as whether what made him appeal to Supreme Court to intervene in the outstanding election where no irregularities have been recorded or provided as evidence by the Republican.
“These are legally cast ballots or at least will be determined to be legally cast ballots by the appropriate local county and state officials,” Benjamin Ginsberg, a longtime Republican election lawyer, told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“And for a president to say we are going to disenfranchise those legally cast ballots — it really is extraordinary.”
Trump’s statement promoted a strong reaction from Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon.
“It was outrageous because it is a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens,” she said in a written statement.
“The counting will not stop.”
Commenting on the President’s remarks, former New Jersey governor and Republican’s top ally Chris Christie said he opposed declaring early victory and assailing the outstanding vote count. Christie said Trump “undercut his own credibility.”
“There’s just no basis to make that argument tonight. There just isn’t. All these votes have to be counted that are in now,” Christie said while having a seat with ABC News panel.