President Donald Trump launched another assault on the election results Wednesday night as he continued his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud, claiming he had now received "73 million legal votes".
Trump retweeted several allegations that Pennsylvania voters were sent blank ballots and that state polling stations had a list of Republican election observers classified as "no entry".
The president also doubled his claims that he won Pennsylvania and Michigan shortly after sharing a video claiming ballots were collected in California after election day.
The president tweeted Wednesday night that he had "won both states easily" and said that "hundreds of thousands of votes" should be dropped because GOP election observers were prevented from watching the ballot count.
"Nobody wants to report that Pennsylvania and Michigan have not allowed our election observers and / or voting observers to observe or observe," he wrote.
& # 39; This is responsible for hundreds of thousands of votes that are not allowed to count. So I can easily win both states. Report messages! & # 39;
Both states were blue for Joe Biden last week after turning red in 2016. For Pennsylvania, 2016 marked the first time the state turned red since 1948.
The president tweeted Wednesday night that he had "won both states easily" and said that "hundreds of thousands of votes" should be dropped because GOP election observers were prevented from watching the ballot count. Pictured in Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday
Later that night, Trump re-tweeted the Philadelphia branch of the GOP claiming that Allentown voters received blank ballots and urged anyone who received the same to get in touch.
He also retweeted his son Eric with a post of an unverified picture of the Philadelphia Counting Center's "No Entry" list that allegedly contained senior campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski.
Pennsylvania was called to Biden on Saturday and his 20 votes on the electoral college drove him to victory over 270 in college.
His lead in the state has grown since then, with over 50,000 votes more than Trump, while the votes counting are in Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties – both of which are expected to lean further towards Biden as well.
As of Wednesday, 99 percent of the state's votes had been reported, and Biden is in the lead with 51,969 votes, or 0.8 percent ahead. The margin for a losing candidate to request a recount is 0.5 percent.
Michigan, which was called for Biden on Nov. 4, also reported 99 percent of the vote, with Biden leading the way with 146,123 votes, or 2.7 percent clear.
On Wednesday evening, Trump also tweeted an unsubstantiated claim that Dominion Voting Systems had caused voting problems in the state.
"Tried to change our choice and got caught?" Trump wrote about the company in response to another Twitter user's question.
The company that makes software that local governments across the country use to run their elections became the center of unsubstantiated fraud last week after an employee mistake in a small, Republican county in Michigan.
The bug was cited as an example of election fraud because it falsely favored Joe Biden before it was fixed.
A week later, this misinterpreted mistake led to a flurry of false claims that Democrats have a deep bond with Dominion Voting Systems.
Donald Trump has doubled his claims that he won Pennsylvania and Michigan in the presidential elections
Trump has filed a lawsuit to prevent Michigan and Pennsylvania from confirming their election results later this month amid a series of legal challenges and unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.
In Pennsylvania, his campaign has filed at least 15 legal lawsuits, including allegations that election monitors were not close enough to watch the Philadelphia vote count.
A USPS official quoted in one of the lawsuits alleged postal workers discussed retrospective postal ballot papers and passed them on to election officials.
However, he retracted his testimony after being questioned by investigators from the Inspector General of the Post, the House Oversight Democrats said on Tuesday.
In Michigan, the Trump campaign filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday to prevent the state from confirming its vote count until allegations of vote counting irregularities are resolved.
"Is that what our country came to do?" Asked President Donald Trump when he tweeted a video on Wednesday about a woman in California interviewing workers who collected ballots from a Dropbox days after election day
The woman asked why they were collecting the ballots even though the deep blue state had already "scheduled" the election for Joe Biden – however state officials say they are still tabulating ballots
The workers emptied a full box of ballot papers into smaller bags and told the woman in the video that they would take them to the counting center
California was one of the states to send postal ballots out to all more than 20 million registered voters to accommodate those concerned about a personal vote due to the Koroan virus pandemic
Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany presented 234 pages of statements from the suit in Fox News on Tuesday.
The statements include complaints about military votes in favor of Biden, although a GOP observer said he considered those serving as "conservative".
The same election observer also said under oath that he believed independent election observers were actually left-wing radicals because they said they wanted to work in Brooklyn or expressed their condolences to protesters who declared an autonomous zone in Seattle.
The president's recent attack on Michigan and Pennsylvania came hours after he tweeted a video by a woman in California interviewing workers emptying a ballot box when she asked why the deep blue state was already "naming" the winner there had to collect voting papers when they were still there.
“You are looking at BALLOTS! Is that what our country came to do? & # 39; Trump posted on his Twitter.
In the video that was posted with the tweet, a woman films two men emptying a full ballot box and asking them questions.
"Are the ballots", asked the woman, to which one of the men replied, "Yes."
"I thought you collected them all, I just want to document," she explained why she was filming and asked them questions.
Trump and his aides and allies have encouraged his supporters to document and prove potential electoral fraud and irregularities – particularly with respect to postal ballot papers.
The president insists Democrats use them to "steal" the election for Joe Biden.
LA District officials debunked claims that his video, which has been circulating on social media in recent days, shows that people in California were able to cast votes "after election day".
California, which hasn't voted for a Republican president since 1988, is deep blue and known for being extremely slow at counting ballots. As of Wednesday evening, 92 percent of the votes in the state were counted
They say the video shows ballot papers collected on November 4th, the day after election day, but deposited by voters on or before November 3rd.
The ballot papers are therefore valid and will be processed and counted as usual.
California is a blue state that hasn't opted for a Republican president since 1988.
"But why have you already called the state?" asked the woman.
"Because it's postal ballot," replied the confused worker as he continued to empty the box and put the ballot in sacks.
"Is there a ton?" She asked.
"Yes," he replied.
Biden easily won California as he is roughly 5 million votes ahead of Trump with 92 percent reports – and will likely extend his lead if the ballots are filtered further.
California is notoriously slow at counting ballots.
"In California we are working to ensure that every ballot is counted correctly and that every ballot is taken into account," said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla in a press release last week when around 4.5 million ballots were still to be counted.
California was one of the states that chose to send postal ballot papers to every single registered voter in response to the coronavirus pandemic that made it uncomfortable for many to vote in person this year.
Leading Trump by around 5 million votes in California, Biden became the planned winner over the weekend as he crossed the electoral college's 270-vote threshold to become the next president
By Wednesday, 15.7 million ballots had been counted – still more than 5 million ballots in the air.
Over the weekend, most of the major media outlets – including the Associated Press – called the election for Biden, and the former vice president declared the victory and began building his transition team, setting up a coronavirus task force and announcing cabinet decisions.
However, Trump has still not admitted, claiming the elections were rigged, fraudulent and stolen, and has opened several lawsuits in key states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
His team claims Democrats cheated by accepting ballots after polling day and continuing to count postal ballots that were postmarked no later than November 3rd.
Trump supporters have protested outside tabulation centers demanding that they "stop the count" and "stop the theft".
The president was a leader in a few battlefield states, and election day votes began to creep in, but as many states continued to count postal ballots, Biden preferred some that cost Trump the race – like Georgia and Wisconsin.
In the video posted by Trump, workers asked the woman to back off a few times. They found that she was standing less than three feet away and complained that she was not wearing face covering.