‘No reason to play games’: Trump vows to declare win ‘when there is victory’
In a Tuesday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, President Donald Trump responded to widespread speculation about when and under what circumstances he would feel confident enough in the election outcome to declare victory.
Speaking with show host Brian Kilmeade, Trump asserted that he would declare success in his re-election bid only “when there is victory.”
Kilmeade’s curiosity on the topic was sparked by a comment from Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon in which she stated that “under no scenario will Donald Trump be declared a victor on election night,” in what may be foreshadowing of the Democrats’ plans to delay and contest any attempt at finalizing the outcome.
Trump replied that Dillon’s claim amounted to a “very weird quote,” with Kilmeade wondering whether he found the prospect of prolonged electoral uncertainty intimidating. The president responded that his campaign has “gotten to a point we don’t get too intimidated,” and that Dillon’s position was “not a smart” one.
Kilmeade’s co-host Steve Doocy questioned the president about prior reports suggesting that he plans to declare victory once he sees a sufficient amount of encouraging returns on Election Night.
Trump reiterated a belief that recent reports indicating a large Biden lead amounted to “suppression polls,” and that he plans to declare a win “only when there is victory,” and that “there is no reason to play games.”
Though pundits on the left have been decrying the possibility that Trump will declare victory on Election Night even if vote tallies remain tight, at least one highly-placed Democrat official has seemingly declared a win for Joe Biden even before the first ballot is counted.
On Saturday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued a tweet in which he unequivocally stated that if all votes in the state are counted, “Trump is going to lose.”
Shapiro is not alone in his belief that a Biden victory is all but assured, provided he and like-minded party officials hold the line on Election Day and beyond. Back in August, failed 2016 presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contended that the Democrat nominee should refuse to concede the election “under any circumstances.”
Indicating her assumption that vote counting would likely “drag out,” Clinton went on to say that “eventually” Biden “will win if we don’t give an inch and are as focused and relentless as the other side is.”
While Trump appears prepared to declare himself victorious should the early returns look promising, legions of lawyers on both sides are already standing by to mount challenges in contested areas of the country, something which could prolong the final outcome, inflame tensions, and spark unrest nationwide for days, perhaps even weeks to come.