Trump came back with a number of undocumented accusations of election fraud in his speech Friday night. People who support the president have gathered outside polling stations in several states.
– There is enormous corruption in several states, and fraud with the postal votes. I have said that this was going to happen, said Donald Trump.
They demonstrate against the counting of postal votes and demand that the counting stop. There is no evidence of electoral fraud.
A member of the far-right group Boogaloo Bois was seen with a semi-automatic weapon during a demonstration in Phoenix, Arizona, according to Reuters.
Boogaloo Bois is linked to an attempt to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Police have just stopped an armed group that was to attack a polling station in Philadelphia, reports NTB.
According to the TV channel 6ABC, an armed group came driving from Virginia to attack the polling station. The channel reports that at least one person has been arrested, and that weapons have been seized.
The election result in Pennsylvania is not clear, and the count is still ongoing.
In the first televised debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Trump made a message to one of the extreme groups that support him.
“Take a step back, but be prepared,” Trump said then.
Democrats demand all votes tent
In Philadelphia, Gabriel Bayard has fought to get Donald Trump out of the White House. Bayard does not think Trump will get anywhere with his lawsuits, but he does not dare to take anything in advance.
Neither do the protesters June and Dianne think Trump will win.
– We believe in the American system. The Supreme Court of our own state has ruled that we can count votes that come in up to three days after the election. You can not steal a choice that way. You have to stick to the rules of the game, says June.
Demonstrations have been going on since Donald Trump sued to stop the vote. They started among Democrats who demand that all votes be counted.
In Portland, Oregon, authorities deployed the National Guard to stop the demonstrations. Several were arrested.
There are demonstrations in several major cities, such as Los Angeles, Detroit, Portland, Washington, Miami, Philadelphia and Phoenix.
Around 100 Trump supporters showed up outside the polling stations in Arizona, writes Labor.
They paused to listen to Trump’s speech and applauded as he claimed that the Republicans would win Arizona. The Labor Party has already declared the state to Biden. Several American media are waiting because it is very even. Biden now leads with 50.1 percent, while Trump has 48.5 percent.
Therefore, different media report different numbers during the count
Accuses Trump of weakening democracy
OSCE election observers, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, write in their report on the election that US President Donald Trump for weakening US democracy with his unfounded accusations of electoral fraud.
The election observers have followed the election in the USA at the invitation of the American authorities, and write in their report that the election has been “well handled, despite logistical challenges”.
Weak Republican criticism
President Donald Trump’s speech has provoked strong reactions because he launches such harsh attacks on the US electoral system.
But in Trump’s inner circle, no one is saying anything. At least not in public.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is silent.
So is Senator Lyndsey Graham.
Several former employees, however, react to Trump’s statements.
Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman did not like what she heard from the president last night.
– It’s completely unreal. I have known Donald Trump for 17 years, and for the first time he has surpassed himself when it comes to all the untruths and outright lies he told, says Manigault Newman.
Also, former Senator Rick Santorum, who is now a commentator on CNN, is reacting.
“No Republican elected official will support Trump’s statements,” Santorum told CNN.
Concerned about his own safety
The US Federal Election Commission is concerned about its employees who work at the polling stations where the demonstrations take place, reports AP.
“My wife and my mother are very worried about me, but it will not stop me from counting votes,” Joe Gloria told the Labor Party, which counts votes in Nevada.
The Republican Party in Nevada has provided a list of 3,062 cases of what they believe is election fraud to Attorney General William Barr. The party believes they have identified several thousand people who have voted in Nevada after moving from the state.
The party wrote on Twitter that their lawyers have sent a call to the Department of Justice to establish an investigation into what they believe is election fraud in Nevada.
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