‘Did I predict this?’ President Trump laments that he was right about mail-in voting disaster
President Trump addressed supporters concerning uncertain election results Wednesday morning. He reminded Americans that he had previously predicted this scenario which began when Democrats started urging states to send mail-in ballots to millions of voters. He was upbeat and still confident of victory in the end.
Trump stated, “And I want to thank the American people for their tremendous support … millions and millions of people voted for us tonight.”
“And a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people. And we won’t stand for it, we will not stand for it.”
Trump is leading in a number of battleground states that have not fully reported yet their final voting results because they were waiting to count absentee and mail-in ballots. Many of these results will be contested legally by the Republicans because of the delay in counting.
When Trump spoke, he was still trailing Biden in Arizona because Election Day votes had not yet been counted, while mail-in votes had. The Trump campaign insisted that it could still win Arizona and railed against Fox News for calling the state for Democrat Joe Biden too early.
Trump gave his speech in the East Room of the White House shortly after 2:00 a.m. EST. He informed Americans that he had expected this exact scenario to be what unfolded on election day.
“They knew they couldn’t win,” Trump stated, “so they said let’s go to court. And did I predict this, Newt [Gingrich]? Did I say this?”
“I’ve been saying this from the day I heard they were going to send out tens of millions of ballots. I said exactly — because either they were going to win, or if they didn’t win, they’ll take us to court.”
The Democrats urged their supporters to vote-by-mail because of the pandemic and the Republicans urged theirs to vote on Election Day in person.
Earlier on Wednesday, Biden told his supporters that he would win the presidency even though the numbers in the states that he needed for a path to victory were in President Trump’s favor, not his. Joe Biden’s campaign called the suggestion the vote could be halted “outrageous and unprecedented.”
There were numerous voting discrepancies and technical problems in some states because they had never used mail-in ballots on a large scale before.
Other states with existing vote-by-mail systems sent ballots to registered voters, whether they were requested or not, leading to some ballots being delivered to incorrect addresses, and many others being disqualified. Others received multiple ballots and some ballots were sent to people who were dead or had moved and had not been at that address in years.
Trump closed his speech with: “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.”
“So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud in our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court.”
“We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”
“OK. It’s, it’s very sad, it’s a very sad moment. To me, there’s a very sad moment. And we will win this.”
“And as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it. So I just want to thank you and I want to thank all of our support. I want to thank all of the people that worked with us.”
Looking at President Trump’s tweets on the subject, it appears he did predict this problem:
State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections. @RussVought45 @USTreasury
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and “force” people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2020
Glad I was able to get the very dishonest LameStream Media to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy from dangerous Universal Mail-In-Voting (not Absentee Voting, which I totally support!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
The Unsolicited Mail In Ballot Scam is a major threat to our Democracy, & the Democrats know it. Almost all recent elections using this system, even though much smaller & with far fewer Ballots to count, have ended up being a disaster. Large numbers of missing Ballots & Fraud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2020
“Mail-Vote Madness in Pennsylvania – The swing state is heading toward an election crackup that could draw the entire country into a legal brawl.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2020
Wow! 100,000 Mail In Ballots in New York City a total MESS. Mayor and Governor have no idea what to do. Big Fraud, Unfixable! Cancel Ballots and go out and VOTE, just like in past decades, when there were no problems!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020
Then Twitter decided to attach warnings to the President’s tweets:
….living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster. Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times. Also, who controls them, are they placed in Republican or Democrat areas? They are not Covid sanitized. A big fraud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2020
Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020