President Donald Trump entrenched in false claims that a count of legally cast ballots would show him winning the presidential election, using the White House briefing room to espouse claims that he is being deprived the presidency by fraud.
“If you count the legal votes I easily win,” Trump said, providing no evidence for his claim. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”
His message came as new tallies show his lead dwindling in Georgia and Pennsylvania. While Trump retains a pathway to 270 electoral votes, it is growing smaller.
Trump said he was advocating for a halt in counting of “votes that came in late,” and went on to tout races that had already been called for him.
“I’ve already decisively won many critical states, including massive victories,” he claimed.