In a desperate attempt to steal the presidency and silence those who didn’t vote for him — Donald Trump is trying to declare himself the winner of the 2020 election.
In his late-night post-Election Day speech, he claimed victory in some key swing states that are still much too close to call, with millions of ballots left to count — and regurgitated his shameful, baseless lies about our voting process.
The fact is: millions of votes from across the country still have yet to be tallied. These voters faced a global pandemic, vote-suppressing politicians, and rampant disinformation to make themselves heard in this all-important election year — and they will not be shut out of our democracy.
This is just the latest step in Trump’s plot to tamper with this election — first, he spread dangerous lies about vote-by-mail. Then, he refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power.
Now, with no regard for our democratic values or the will of the American people, he’s trying to hijack the election and name himself the winner. And he even said he’d go to the Supreme Court — where he just appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to be a tie-breaking vote — to stop ballots from being tallied.
That’s outrageous. Let’s be clear: every ballot will be counted this fall, including mail-in ballots. That’s the law — and no matter what Trump says or does, no one can declare themselves the president. That decision is to be made by the American people.
Click here to sign the Common Cause petition rejecting Trump’s premature victory declaration.
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