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November 4, 2020 at 3:07 AM EST

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With millions of votes yet to be counted, Trump falsely asserts fraud and makes a claim of victory

By Colby Itkowitz and Josh Dawsey

Trump threatened to ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the election process, saying voting had to stop and falsely claiming that by continuing to count votes already cast, the Democrats would be stealing the election. Polls have closed, and no more votes are being cast, only tallied.

Speaking to about 150 maskless supporters inside the East Room of the White House, Trump made a claim of victory in states where millions of mail-in ballots are still being counted.

He falsely described the situation as a “major fraud in our nation” and vowed to take his case to the Supreme Court.

Voting did stop when polls closed Tuesday night, but in states including Pennsylvania and Michigan, counting the millions of mail-in ballots couldn’t begin until Election Day and may take several days to complete.

Trump wrongly declared himself the winner of the election and wants the vote-counting to stop while he has a lead in the same-day voting tallies.

“To me, this is a very sad moment, and we will win this. And as far as I’m concerned, we already have,” he said.

Guests included former senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, former 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Fox News personalities Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro. Those in the crowd chanted “U-S-A” and cheered wildly for Trump’s false assertion of victory.

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