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Trump: "We Did Win This Election," "This Is A Major Fraud On Our Nation"

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President Donald Trump addressed the country Wednesday morning about the status of the election and denounced vote counting of ballots received after election day as a "fraud" and an "embarrassment" to the nation. Trump declared victory in a number of states in remarks made at the White House, telling a group of supporters gathered in the East Room, "frankly, we did win this election." Trump touted victories in Florida, Texas, Ohio, and claimed victory in North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

"This is a fraud on the American public," Trump said. "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 on our nation. We want law to be used in a proper manner. So we'll 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. It's a very sad moment. To me, it's a very sad moment. We will win this. As far as I'm concerned, we already have won."

MSNBC's Brian Williams cut Trump's speech, saying he is being "untruthful" about declaring victory. CNN Jake Tapper called Trump's comments "shockingly disappointing" and wrong about winning. CNN's Dana Bash said that is what is "authoritarians say." Tapper said Trump may indeed be reelected


"We're winning Pennsylvania by a tremendous amount of votes," Trump said. "Think of this. We're up 690,000 votes in Pennsylvania. These aren't even close. It's not like, 'oh, it's close.' With 64% of the vote in, it's going to be almost impossible to catch and we're coming into good Pennsylvania areas where they happen to like your president. So we'll probably expand that."

"We're winning Michigan," Trump said. "I looked at the numbers, I said, 'Wow, that's a lot.' By almost 300,000 votes. And 65% of the vote is in. And we're winning Wisconsin."

"We won, by 107,000 votes with 81% of the vote, that's Michigan," Trump added. "So when you take those three states in particular and you take all of the others. I mean we had such a big night. You take a look at all of these states that we won tonight. And then you take a look at the kind of margins we've won."
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