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Trump sends Rudy Giuliani to contest the Supreme Court's election deadline


President Donald Trump sent his son Eric and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to Pennsylvania on Wednesday when he questioned the state Supreme Court's decision on the postal voting deadline as his chances of reelection deteriorated.

At a press conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, Giuliani and the first son claimed the president had won the state, although around a million postal ballots remained to be counted and no news organizations had yet to call the race.

Neither man made any legal argument for victory or evidence of election fraud, but made allegations of fraud by the opposition party.

"They're trying to cheat, they're trying to cheat," Eric Trump said repeatedly of the Democrats.

But Giuliani scolded for a few minutes that postal ballots he claimed without evidence could be forged.

"This is more than anything I've ever seen before," he said. “Do you think we're stupid? Do you think we are fools?

"You know something, Democrats think you're stupid," added Giuliani. “And they think you're an idiot. This is why one is called "unfortunate" and "sucker".

"We'll stay with that. We will win this election. We actually won it. It's all about counting the votes fairly. & # 39;

Giuliani complained that the postal vote could have come from Mars or Canada – or just a person who cast 100,000 votes.

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Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks during a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Pennsylvania about legal challenges with the vote counting after the president filed a lawsuit despite one million votes not being counted

Do you think we are stupid? Do you think we are fools? & # 39; Giuliani claimed the number of votes

“Do you think we are stupid? Do you think we are fools? & # 39; Giuliani claimed the number of votes

Eric Trump hit Democrats claiming they were cheating and trying to steal the state

Eric Trump hit Democrats claiming they were cheating and trying to steal the state

"We won Pennsylvania!" Eric tweeted, but it was hit with a notice that the race had not been officially called up

"VICTORY for President @realDonaldTrump in PENNSYLVANIA," said White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani traveled to Pennsylvania on Wednesday when his campaign posed legal challenge

Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani traveled to Pennsylvania on Wednesday when his campaign posed legal challenge

"We have no idea if it was signed, properly postmarked, unless it was the same person who submitted 100,000 ballots," he said when he did not provide any evidence to support his allegations.

"This is the way they want to win," continued Giuliani. "We won't let them get away with it."

"This is one of the most undemocratic things I've ever seen or experienced."

Trump, his family, his campaign, and even the White House staff have doubled their claims of a Pennsylvania victory on social media. Many of their posts were quickly flagged and given a misinformation notification.

"We won Pennsylvania!" Eric tweeted before Twitter put a note on the post to let users know that the race was not officially called.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was also hit with the same message after the tweet: "VICTORY for President @realDonaldTrump in PENNSYLVANIA."

"I'm not going to let Philly Democrat hacks steal it!" also said in a tweet on the way to the press conference.

Trump himself declared victory not only in Pennsylvania but Georgia and North Carolina, both of which still count votes.

He also announced himself as the winner in Michigan, though the results showed it was up to Biden.

Trump's daughter-in-law Lara listens to Giuliani and her husband Eric talking on Wednesday

Trump's daughter-in-law Lara listens to Giuliani and her husband Eric talking on Wednesday

Giuliani claimed Trump won Pennsylvania even though the votes had yet to be counted

Giuliani claimed Trump won Pennsylvania even though the votes had yet to be counted

Giuliani insisted that mail-in-voting meant that one person could have cast 100,000 votes even though he didn't offer proof

Giuliani insisted that mail-in-voting meant that one person could have cast 100,000 votes even though he didn't offer proof

"We have claimed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which does not allow legal observers), the state of Georgia and the state of North Carolina for election purposes, each of which has a BIG Trump lead," the president wrote – another was flagged for inaccurate information .

"We also hereby claim the state of Michigan, if indeed."

Trump's apparent confidence comes as he approaches defeat today after losing Wisconsin and Michigan after the premature declaration of overall victory in the exciting presidential elections.

His campaign manager Bill Stepien said they won in Pennsylvania even though the score was still being calculated, and he declined the call that gave Biden a win in Arizona.

Campaign advisor Jason Miller told journalists that Trump's re-election "will be clear to the entire nation" by the end of the week.

Trump won in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and North Carolina, but the count is still ongoing

Trump won in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and North Carolina, but the count is still ongoing

Republicans in Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit over voting as Trump declares victory early

Republicans in Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit over the vote as Trump declares victory early

However, Pennsylvania officials still urge patience. Trump had a lead of around 500,000 votes, with an estimated 78 percent of the votes counted, but votes were expected from heavily democratic sections of the state who promised to improve the situation.

"We have to be patient," said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. & # 39; We may not know the results today.

"There are millions of postal ballots," he said. "They are counted exactly and they are counted in full."

The Democratic governor, shaking off criticism from the White House for the slow vote, said, "Our democracy will be tested in these elections."

"Pennsylvania will have fair elections," he said. "And this choice will be free from outside influences."

As Trump's chances of winning re-election on Wednesday dwindled, his campaign set out its tactics to hold on to the presidency – from recounts to multiple lawsuits in battlefield states.

The Trump campaign has already called for a recount in Wisconsin and has filed lawsuits in both Michigan and Pennsylvania to demand better access for campaign watchers to places where ballot papers are processed and counted.

The Trump campaign has already called for a recount in Wisconsin and has filed lawsuits in both Michigan and Pennsylvania to demand better access for campaign watchers to places where ballot papers are processed and counted.

The campaign is also seeking to intervene in an ongoing Supreme Court case regarding whether ballot papers received up to three days after the election can be counted in Pennsylvania.

Despite taking steps to ensure Trump doesn't go down without a fight, his campaign insists they remain confident of an election victory – even though both Wisconsin and Michigan switched in favor of Biden on Wednesday afternoon.

What do Trump's tactics mean for the battlefield states?

WISCONSIN

The Trump campaign called for a recount in Wisconsin after Biden won the state by 20,000 votes on Wednesday afternoon.

"The president is on the threshold of requesting a recount and we will do so immediately," Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement relating to Wisconsin.

"There have been reports of anomalies in several Wisconsin counties that cast serious doubts on the validity of the results."

Nationwide recounts in Wisconsin have only changed the number of votes by a few hundred votes in the past. Biden leads with 0.624 percentage points of nearly 3.3 million counted ballots.

In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin by less than 23,000 votes, a breakthrough that, along with victories in Michigan and Pennsylvania, gave him his first term in the White House.

Trump's own party, however, made it difficult for candidates to get recounts after his 2016 electoral college victory in both Wisconsin and Michigan.

In Wisconsin, a lost candidate can request a recount if the margin stays within 1 percent. If the difference between Biden and Trump stays below 1 percent, Trump can request this recount and must do so by 5 p.m. on the first business day after the vote.

Trump will have to pay for the recount if the margin stays greater than 0.25 percent, but his money will be refunded if the winner freaks out. If the Trump campaign recount request is to be approved, it must be completed within 13 days.

MICHIGAN

In Michigan, Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit Wednesday afternoon alleging they were not given proper access to polling stations to oversee the process, which they believe means they cannot trust him.

& # 39; With the votes still counting in Michigan, the president’s race in the state remains extremely close, as we have always known. President Trump's campaign has not been given meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of the ballot papers and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law, "said campaign manager Bill Stepien.

& # 39; We filed a lawsuit with the Michigan Court of Claims today to stop counting pending meaningful access. We also ask for a review of the ballot papers that have been opened and counted even though we did not have significant access.

"President Trump is campaigning for all legal votes in Michigan and everywhere else to be counted."

It is not yet clear whether the Trump campaign will require a recount in Michigan or other states as he did in Wisconsin.

In Michigan, a recount is triggered when the candidates are less than 2,000 votes apart.

Still, the Trump campaign could pay a recount as the law – which was also revised in 2016 – provides for a recount if the losing candidate has a reasonable chance of winning.

The recount should be requested within 48 hours of the vote. The deadline for ending the count is 30 days after the start.

PENNSYLVANIA

In the meantime, the Trump campaign has also filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania to temporarily suspend ballot counting until there is "reasonable transparency".

Justin Clark, Trump's deputy campaign manager, said in a statement Wednesday that the campaign "sued to prevent Democratic election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican election observers."

He said the campaign would "temporarily suspend the census until there is reasonable transparency and Republicans can ensure that all censuses are done overboard and legally."

Clark also said the campaign would seek to intervene in an ongoing Supreme Court case that includes the deadline for receiving postal ballots in the state.

There have been no law enforcement reports of fraud or any voting issues outside of Pennsylvania.

The state had sent out 3.1 million ballots that took some time to count, and an order allows them to be counted by Friday if postmarked by November 3rd.

In Pennsylvania, an automatic recount occurs when the profit margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.

Two other ways to request recounts are to get at least three signatures from voters proving a mistake in the voting list and go to a state court to petition for fraud and error.

RULES FOR RETURNS IN BATTLE GROUNDS

WISCONSIN

Automatic recount: No.

Recounting Act: A full or partial recounting can be requested if the profit margin is 1 percentage point or less.

Deadline: For presidential elections, applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the first business day after the state vote.

Who pays: The candidate who requests the recount if the margin is more than 0.25 percentage points of the total vote.

MICHIGAN

Automatic recount: yes

Recounting Act: A recounting is required if the profit margin is 2,000 votes or less.

Deadline: The request for recount should be made within 48 hours of the vote.

Who pays: The candidate requesting the recount.

PENNSYLVANIA

Automatic recount: Yes

Recounting law: A recounting takes place automatically if the profit margin does not exceed 0.5 percentage points. Two other ways to request recounts are to get at least three signatures from voters proving a mistake in the voting list and go to a state court to petition for fraud and error.

Deadline: By 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday after the election for automatic recounts. If a recount is requested, the deadline is five days after the election. Who pays: The candidate requesting the recount.

NEVADA

Automatic recount: No.

Recount Law: A candidate who has been defeated can request a recount regardless of the profit margin.

Deadline: A recount must be requested within three working days of the state's vote.

Who pays: The candidate who asks for the recount.

Trump's possible path to victory: where his campaign believes he can still win

Trump lost Wisconsin on Wednesday afternoon after Joe Biden came out on top with 20,000 votes or a 0.6 percent win in the main battlefield state.

The only votes not yet counted in Wisconsin are from a small community of 300 people, according to the state's electoral commission administrator.

Trump also lost Michigan in the late afternoon with Biden 1.2 percentage points ahead.

While Trump is currently the leader in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina, winning all three is not enough to get a clean victory.

Top Trump campaign officials predict Trump will win Arizona by 30,000 votes when it all adds up, despite the state tipping over overnight and Biden currently leading with more than 93,000 votes.

Victories in all of these states would give Trump the electoral vote to secure re-election even if he loses both Michigan and Wisconsin.

Biden just needs to secure Michigan and Nevada, which he is expected to do to get the 270 electoral college votes he needs to claim the White House.

The Trump campaign path to victory describes how the president cannot be beaten in Georgia and North Carolina, where he retains 50.3 percent and 50.1 percent of the vote, respectively.

Your path to victory also includes securing Pennsylvania, which has more than a million ballot papers left, most of which the campaign says came from conservative countries.

Trump campaign officials predict he will win Pennsylvania by 40,000 votes.

Even though Arizona drives to Biden overnight, the Trump campaign assumes the traditionally Republican state will return by the end of the day when one last row of postal ballot papers is counted.

Trump's campaign also predicts he will win Nevada by 5,500 votes based on mail-in votes, though it is likely to go to Biden as the Democrats have secured the state in every presidential election since 2004.

In Nevada, any candidate can request a recount for any reason – but it must be a full state recount. The contestant requesting the recount must pay for it, but like in Wisconsin, the contestant can get their money back if the race results flip.

Applications must be made within three days of the acquisition of the state and a recount must be completed within 10 days.

The Trump campaign has already announced that it will deny Arizona after Biden flipped the state, which reliably voted Republicans in the recent election.

Despite the overwhelming uncertainty, Trump hosted a victory ceremony on Tuesday night and said in the White House, “Honestly, we won this election. We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find ballots at four in the morning and add them to the list. & # 39;

Despite the overwhelming uncertainty, Trump hosted a victory ceremony Tuesday night and said in the White House, “Honestly, we won this election. We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find ballots at four in the morning and add them to the list. & # 39;

The lawsuits and calls for recounts follow Trump's tweets first on Wednesday as he immediately cried and claimed fraud The majority of his overnight stays "magically disappeared" thanks to "surprise ballots" in democratic states.

'Last night, in many key states, I led, often solidly, often solidly in almost all cases where Democrats were led and controlled. Then, one by one, they magically disappeared as surprising ballots were counted. Very strange, and the "pollsters" got it completely and historically wrong! " he said.

"How is it that every time they count mail-in ballots they are so devastating in terms of percentage and destructiveness?"

The Trump campaign has already announced that the matter will go to court.

DailyMail.com editor Piers Morgan tweeted Wednesday that the US should prepare for "Weeks of Chaos".

“Trump is on the ropes, but he's going to fight this endgame fiercely. Anyone who thinks this election is over is living in the cuckoo land of the clouds. Prepare for weeks of chaos, ”he said.

Despite the overwhelming uncertainty, Trump hosted a victory ceremony on Tuesday night and said in the White House, “Honestly, we won this election. We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find ballots at four in the morning and add them to the list. & # 39;

He said he would lead the Supreme Court election to stop the count, but it was unclear what legal action he could possibly take.

Meanwhile, the Biden campaign said they expected to have declared victory by this afternoon.

"Joe Biden is on track to win this election and he will be the next President of the United States," campaign manager Jennifer O & # 39; Malley Dillon told reporters. “We believe that we are on a clear path to victory this afternoon.

Biden, who appeared shortly before supporters in Delaware overnight, urged patience, saying the election "isn't over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted".

"It is not my place or Donald Trump's place to explain who won this election," said Biden. "That is the choice of the American people."

THE REAL REASON TRUMP LOST HIS LEADERSHIP OVER NIGHT

President Donald Trump saw his early leadership in key states like Wisconsin and Michigan disappear overnight as the postal vote was counted.

The votes cast on election day are counted first, followed by the postal ballot papers.

These postal ballots were expected to break for Joe Biden as the Democrats urged their supporters to cast their ballots early. In contrast, Trump urged his supporters to vote on election day.

Mail-in ballots usually take longer to count as they need to be checked against voter rolls to confirm that it is a legal ballot from a registered voter – just like if someone voting in person had theirs Must confirm identity with an election worker before receiving a ballot.

For example, in Wisconsin, inbox envelopes must be checked against election books and checked for voter signature, voter address, and witness signature requirements before opening. After unsealing, the ballot papers must be flattened before they are fed into tabulating machines. According to local reports, if ballot papers are damaged or the machine refuses to accept them because they are too wrinkled or wrinkled, the ballot paper must be re-created by election workers in a time-consuming process mandated by state law.

Additionally, states had a larger than usual number of mail-in ballot papers to deal with as so many voters took up this option due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of these postal ballot papers came from cities that tend to have more democratic voters.

In Michigan, for example, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson predicted that the turnout would likely be above 5.26 million – the highest in the state's history – and many voters used postal ballots.

As of Wednesday, several thousand pending ballots remained in Detroit, a heavily democratic area that is expected to break for Biden, increasing his vote in the state.

In Pennsylvania, Trump led back early, but Biden was set to catch up as postal ballot papers were counted, especially in the heavily democratic areas of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

State law prohibits election officials from counting these ballots until election day. That and the large number of ballot papers resulted in a longer counting time.

Pennsylvania received about ten times as many postal ballots this year as in previous elections, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. She said there were more than 1.4 million postal ballots left on Wednesday, and those votes are expected to be heavily in favor of Biden.

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