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As returns from Pennsylvania and three other states made Trump’s path to a second term increasingly unlikely, Biden reiterated he thought he would win but said he would wait until the process was completed.
Instead, Biden gave a late-night speech in the tone of a president-elect and vowed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic as new cases on Friday hit a new high of over 127,000 cases.
“We have to put anger – and demonization – behind us. It is time for us to come together as a nation and heal,” Biden said in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, accompanied by his running mate, the Senator. Kamala Harris.
“My responsibility as president will be to represent the entire nation,” he said, in stark contrast to Trump’s nearly four-year rule by provocation.
Biden spoke as U.S. media began to report that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, 61, had contracted the virus – underscoring criticism of the president for months on how the crisis was handled by its administration.
Meadows tested positive for the first time on Wednesday, a day after the election, according to the New York Times.
Biden said he and Harris had previously met with experts on how to control the “skyrocketed” cases of Covid-19, which has claimed more than 230,000 lives in the United States, more than in any other country.
“I want everyone to know that on day one we’re going to put our plan to control this virus into action,” Biden said.
“It can’t save any of the lives lost, but it will save a lot of lives in the months to come.”
After Biden’s campaign announced he would address the nation, speculation grew that he would make a formal declaration of victory, but he appeared to wait for confirmation of an unassailable lead and said he would speak. again Saturday.
Biden’s lead has grown inexorably in Pennsylvania, which would give him the keys to the White House if he gets his 20 votes in the Electoral College that determines presidential races.
As of Friday night, he had an advantage of nearly 29,000 votes over Trump, although that still falls within the narrow range that would likely trigger a recount.
Biden also led in Arizona and Georgia – two states that did not vote Democrats in the 21st century – as well as Nevada, while Trump held a slim lead in North Carolina.
Georgia has said it is ordering a recount due to the narrow margin and that the Southern state will also host second-round races in January for its two Senate seats, which will likely determine whether Democrats take control of the upper house and give Biden a wider path to legislative victories. .
Trump has prematurely named himself the winner several times, refusing to accept data showing Biden is heading for victory.
In his latest campaign, he warned on Twitter that “Joe Biden shouldn’t falsely claim the post of president. I could make that claim too.”
Trump’s campaign has filed nationwide fraud lawsuits, but made little headway with no evidence produced to support alleged ballot tampering or other significant incidents.
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Pennsylvania Republicans took one final step in favor of an emergency intervention by the United States Supreme Court to stop the vote count in the state as late ballots went to Biden.
Judge Samuel Alito, seen as a conservative, declined to order an immediate stop, but said the full court would consider the challenge on Saturday.
He ordered Pennsylvania to separate late ballots, affirming a policy already in place by state election officials.
In another tweet, Trump complained of having “such a big lead” on election night, “only to see the leads miraculously disappear” later in the week.
Trump has now repeatedly erroneously said that the ballots were either invented for Biden or were stolen from him.
But unprecedented attacks on US electoral integrity by a president ignore a simple fact about the different types of ballots.
Votes cast in person on Election Day and counted first largely favored Trump, who questioned postal ballots and actions to end Covid-19.
The subsequent tally turned to the avalanche of votes mailed in by Americans unwilling to go to crowded polling stations amid the coronavirus pandemic – disproportionately voters in Biden.
Anger of Trump supporters
As Trump launched his offensive, his supporters expressed their anger at election offices in several cities.
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In Atlanta, an election worker went into hiding after receiving death threats with his car’s license plate number exposed on the internet, after being falsely accused of throwing a ballot.
The worker was seen on video throwing a sheet, which was actually an instruction sheet returned by a voter, said Richard Barron, the Fulton County election supervisor.
Most of Trump’s Republican Party stood squarely behind him.
“Far from over,” tweeted Rep. Kevin McCarthy, leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives. “Republicans will not back down in this battle.”
But several Republicans have expressed concern over a president’s unprecedented attacks on the US electoral process.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the only Republican Senate member to vote to convict the president in his impeachment trial earlier this year, said Trump’s accusation of a stolen election “undermines the cause of freedom here and in the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the base of the Republic and recklessly ignites destructive and dangerous passions, ”Romney said.
Republican strategist Karl Rove, who helped George W. Bush to victory in the 2000 race ultimately decided by the United States Supreme Court, said a fraud involving hundreds of thousands of ballots across the country “would require a conspiracy on the scale of a James Bond film”.
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