Donald Trump hinted, curiously, in the middle of counting and piecemeal announcements of US presidential poll results state by state that he would head for the Supreme Court.
Curiously also and against election tradition in the US, Trump, before the announcement of the final results, has already declared himself as the winner of the United State’s presidential election.
He said on Wednesday that he would go to the Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes, if he was not declared re-elected.
“We did win this election,” Trump said in an extraordinary speech from the ceremonial East Room of the White House.
“For the good of this nation, this is a very big moment. This is a major fraud on our nation.
“We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So, we will be going to the US Supreme Court,” Trump said.
The Republican, who according to initial results is in a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Joe Biden, said he would go to court and “we want all voting (counting) to stop.”
He appeared to mean stopping the counting of mail-in ballots which could be legally accepted by state election boards after Tuesday’s election, provided they were sent in time.
Trump probably feared that the mail-in ballot could be significant enough to favour Biden and upset his re-election bid.
Democrats are believed to account for a vast majority of the mail-in votes which were already received in the post days before the November 3 Election Day.