The U.S. Presidential election may come down to the gavel instead of the ballot. President Donald Trump took to the podium just before 3 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday for what he called “the latest press conference” he had ever had.
The president talked for several minutes about victories that his campaign had secured, then transitioned into discussing states that had not reported final votes that were looking like wins for him. While doing this, Trump sounded exasperated over the fact that vote counting had been halted in a number of key swing states, “And all of a sudden everything just stopped,” the president said. “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country.”
Trump went on to talk about a number of states who have said they will allow votes to come in well past Election day, “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 on our nation. We want the law to be used in the proper manner,” Trump continued. “So we will be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. OK? It’s a very sad, it’s a very sad moment.”
Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada all stopped counting votes overnight; all three are expected to resume tallying votes Wednesday. Those states may also find themselves with large numbers of lawyers suddenly flooding their states.