Contrary to American electoral tradition, Donald Trump has decided not to concede the 2020 US presidential elections to Democrat challenger Joe Biden. Media outlets have called the presidential election in favour of Joe Biden and his vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris with the Democratic ticket scoring a paper-thin victory in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania on Saturday.
In a statement he released from his club in Virginia where he is currently golfing, Donald Trump said, "We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don't want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over."
Reiterating unfounded allegations over Biden's Electoral College gains, the statement from Donald Trump added, "Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor."
"In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media," the statement said despite a court order allowing Trump campaign's "poll-watchers" to observe the counting of ballots from a six-feet distance.
The statement by Republican Donald Trump went further to add, "Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election."
"It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room - and then fight in court to block their access," the statement said without providing any proof or evidence of wrongdoing by the Biden campaign.
Donald Trump's statement concluded with, "So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands."
(With inputs from Associated Press)