President Trump on Saturday signaled he would not accept Joe Biden being projected to replace him in the White House.
Trump issued a statement minutes after numerous news outlets declared Biden the winner of the presidential race claiming that networks were helping Biden “falsely” pose as the winner and promising to fight the results in court.
“The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” Trump said in a statement released by his campaign.
Trump was at his golf club in Northern Virginia when Biden was projected the winner of the presidential race.
The statement confirms what Trump’s allies had expected – he does not plan to concede the race and instead intends to challenge the results in court.
Trump said that the campaign would begin court fights on Monday in order “to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
The campaign is expected to mount challenges in several states where the race was close, and Trump specifically mentioned Pennsylvania, where he asserted that “our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process.”
Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race on Saturday after a tense four days of ballot counting in battleground states across the country. The news came after numerous networks projected Biden the winner of the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he currently leads Trump by roughly 30,000 votes.
Trump has made clear over the past week that he wants to challenge the results, delivering an extraordinary statement from the White House on Thursday raising allegations of fraud that have not been substantiated and claiming without evidence that the election is being stolen from him. His rhetoric has prompted rebukes from members of his own party.
“I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning, a message that was labeled by Twitter as containing inaccurate information.