As Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden maintains his lead over Donald Trump after the gains in battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, Trump has warned Biden against “wrongfully" claiming the presidency.
"Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!” Trump said in a tweet.
Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Arizona and North Carolina are still counting the votes and Joe Biden is leading in four of these five battleground states. According to an AP tally, Biden is leading with 264 electoral votes while Trump is at 214.
Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the President. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2020
To be declared the winner of the US election, either of the two candidates needs at least 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.
Trump has challenged the authenticity of the elections, alleging massive voter fraud and electoral malpractice. In another tweet, Trump said his leads in all of these states were significant on election night but suddenly started vanishing. He asserted that the lead would come back once the legal proceedings move forward.
"I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!” Trump said.
Earlier in the day, he said that "with the attack by the Radical Left Dems on the Republican Senate, the Presidency becomes even more important!".
I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2020
Joe Biden, who was expected to make an address to the nation in primetime, did not tweet or make a public statement on Friday. There were no public remarks either from his running mate Senator Kamala Harris.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday called Biden president-elect.
"President-Elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead, and he'll have a strong Democratic House with him and many Democrats in the Senate. This has been a life or death fight for the fate of our democracy, as he says, ‘the soul of our country.’ We did not win every battle in the House, but we did win the war,” she said.
Pelosi said Biden is a unifier. She said, “He is determined to bring people together because he respects all points of view. And as he has said, ‘I ran as a Democrat; I'll govern as President for all of the people, whether they voted for me or not.'"
“It is clear that the Biden-Harris ticket will win the White House. His election is historic, propelled by the biggest vote ever in the history of our country, 73.8 million and counting Americans, the most votes ever received by any presidential ticket in history,” Pelosi said.