CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta taunted President Donald Trump after he stormed off stage following is 17-minute rant about being “cheated” out of an election victory.
The president didn’t take any questions following his press conference, to which he is seen ignoring questions from reporters including Acosta who asks Trump “are you being a sore loser?”
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Throughout his briefing, President Trump claimed the election had been “rigged” against him, while again raising doubts over the mail-in ballots which are contributing to the delays of the results.
Both Trump and Joe Biden are currently in a close race in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada.
President Trump claimed there was “no blue wave” and added, “We won by historic numbers. And the pollsters got it knowingly wrong, they got it knowingly wrong.
“We had polls that were so ridiculous and everybody knew it at the time. There was no blue wave that they predicted.”
“If you count the legal votes, I easily won. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election form us,” the president added.
Trump’s campaign has launched lawsuits in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan to demand better access for Republican observers to locations where ballots are still being counted.
He vowed he would not allow unfounded “corruption to steal such an important election” or “silence” GOP voters after debunked voters fraud claims flooded social media.
“They did the mail in ballots where there’s tremendous corruption and fraud going on,” he raged. “I told everybody that these things would happen.”
The presidency appears to be slipping away from Trump as he dramatically fell behind Biden in Pennsylvania and Georgia, states he was leading in before Friday.
Biden overtook Trump by 5,587 votes in Pennsylvania in an astonishing comeback, which put the former vice president in position to claim the White House.
In the key state of Georgia, Biden also surpassed Trump by 917 votes.
If Biden wins both states he would have enough Electoral College votes for the news and TV networks to start calling the election in his favour, and he’d no longer be relying on tight races in Arizona and Nevada.
Biden also addressed the nation on Thursday, as he asked Americans to be patient and calm as they waited for the final ballots in the presidential race to be counted.
“Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well,” Biden said from the stage of Wilmington’s Queen Theater.
“So I ask everyone to stay calm, all people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed and we’ll know very soon.”
As of Friday morning, Biden holds 253 electoral votes, while President Trump has 214 electoral votes.
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