(Updated) Trump Tries to Swipe Election: Count All the Votes!
(Update) At 7 a.m. PDT the AP Electoral Vote counter, with 270 needed to win makes it:
Biden now leads the raw vote count in Nevada (6 EVs) Wisconsin (10 EV) and just went ahead in Michigan (16 EV) for the first time.
If he holds on to those three leads Biden would win 270 EVs and the Presidency (unless Newsmakers' bleary-eyed arithmetic is wrong) no matter what happens in Pennsylvania (20 EVs), where Trump is currently leading.
(PIK UP from last night). Donald Trump falsely declared victory last night, with millions of legally cast ballots still uncounted in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
"This is a fraud on the American public," Trump said at the White House shortly before midnight, as a crowd of supporters cheered, as he once again used public property for political purposes.
"This is an embarrassment to our country," he said. "Frankly we did win this election."
Trump's effort to disenfranchise millions of votes is unprecedented, but consistent with his months-long effort to delegitimize an election in which he trailed for months.
Trumps comments came a few minutes after Democratic nominee Joe Biden addressed supporters in Delaware and called for vote to be counted.
"It ain't over until every vote is counted, until every ballot is counted," the former vice-president said. "Keep the faith, guys. We're going to win this."
Trump'is move seemed appropriate for an election-fixing authoritarian government, in the kind of balloting which American observers for decades have been sent around the world to monitor.
"I was very distressed by what I heard the President say," former Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum said on CNN. "I can tell you what's happening in Pennsylvania right now is they're counting absentee and mail-in ballots."
It remains to be seen if any other Republicans stand up on Wednesday to Trump's anti-democratic effort which, given recent history, would be a big shock. Stay tuned.