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President Donald Trump said he was confident he will get to 270 electoral votes and win the election in a Thursday interview with the Washington Examiner’s Bryon York.
“Never bet against me,” Trump told the Examiner. “I see evidence, and we have hundreds of affidavits.”
In the phone interview initiated by Trump, the Republican president talked about the different battleground states in which his campaign has contested the election results.
“We’re going to win Wisconsin. Arizona — it’ll be down to 8,000 votes, and if we can do an audit of the millions of votes, we’ll find 8,000 votes easy,” he said.
“Georgia we’re going to win, because now, we’re down to about 10,000, 11,000 votes and we have hand-counting. Hand-counting is the best.”
Trump added that he will also win North Carolina “unless they happen to find a lot of votes.”
The optimism continued for Michigan and Pennsylvania, but the president said his campaign is focusing on protesting the exclusion of his campaign’s observers in those battleground states.
“They wouldn’t let our poll watchers and observers watch or observe,” Trump said. “That’s a big thing.”
“They should throw those votes out that went through during those periods of time when [Trump observers] weren’t there. We went to court, and the judge ordered [the observers] back, but that was after two days, and millions of votes could have gone through. Millions. And we’re down 50,000.”
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He is down by about 21,000 votes in Wisconsin, 11,000 votes in Arizona and 14,000 votes in Georgia.
Biden also leads Trump in Michigan by 148,382 votes and in Pennsylvania by 59,050 votes.
Jed Shugerman, a professor at Fordham Law School, wrote in a Washington Post Op-Ed that Americans should “welcome” the various lawsuits the Trump campaign has filed because he believes that they don’t have any merit and may “prove to be the best way to legitimize” Biden’s victory.
“It is also a bad idea, as a general matter, to object to election law litigation: In two years, or four years — and possibly in two months in Georgia — the shoe may be on the other foot,” he wrote.
“It would look hypocritical to condemn the very idea of challenging an election result now, only to turn around and do so in different (albeit more legitimate) circumstances.”
Nevertheless, Trump is pushing forward and told York that he might turn things around in “two weeks, three weeks.”
He tweeted Friday morning that “Dems have been preaching how unsafe and rigged our elections have been.”
For years the Dems have been preaching how unsafe and rigged our elections have been. Now they are saying what a wonderful job the Trump Administration did in making 2020 the most secure election ever. Actually this is true, except for what the Democrats did. Rigged Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2020
“Now they are saying what a wonderful job the Trump Administration did in making 2020 the most secure election ever. Actually this is true, except for what the Democrats did,” he added. “Rigged Election!”
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