Trump tarnishing legitimate US election with claims of fraud, analysts warn

Trump tarnishing legitimate US election with claims of fraud, analysts warn

WASHINGTON – If there were any doubts that the United States’ 2020 presidential election, however sound, would be tainted in the eyes of half the country’s voters, they were dispelled on Thursday (Nov 6) when a grim-faced President Donald Trump appeared in the White House briefing room and told reporters that he believed he had won the election but it was in the process of being “stolen”.

No evidence has emerged independently of the fraud centring on mail-in ballots that the President is alleging.

Mr Trump’s brief statement came as he saw his lead over Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden in Georgia and Pennsylvania dwindling, putting his bid for a second term in peril.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late, we’re looking at them very strongly,” Mr Trump told reporters.

Associated Press and Fox News have projected Mr Biden as the winner in Arizona, which gives the former vice-president 264 electoral votes, six shy of the 270 he needs to secure the presidency. But Mr Trump is hard on his heels, narrowing the gap.