“We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator [Kamala] Harris and I will be declared the winners,” Biden said Thursday. “So, I ask everyone to stay calm, all people to stay calm. The process is working, the count is being completed, we’ll know very soon.”
I spent the afternoon attending briefings on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the state of the economy. Tune in as I provide an update on these briefings and efforts to count every vote. pic.twitter.com/duoDWfzf5C
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020
Biden reiterated his election-night demand that all votes be counted to ensure that the will of the electorate is done.
Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that has been the envy of the world.
Trump said earlier Thursday that he plans legal challenges in several states where media outlets have declared Biden the winner, alleging voter fraud, as well as fraud committed by state election officials.
President @realDonaldTrump: “IF YOU COUNT THE LEGAL VOTES, I EASILY WIN THE ELECTION! IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, THEY CAN STEAL THE ELECTION FROM US!”
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) November 5, 2020
Biden maintained the confident stance he took on election night, when he told supporters in Delaware that “we believe we’re on track to win this election.” He said Thursday that securing the victory is only a matter of time.
Biden’s post-election approach has been in line with an Axios report Tuesday that said he would assert control and behave as the president-elect as soon as media outlets report him to be the winner. The race was too close to declare full victory on Tuesday, but with more states being put into his win column since then, he’s portraying even greater confidence.
As he came out to speak on Thursday, Biden said that he and running mate Harris had just received briefings on the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis.
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