The Trump campaign declared victory in Pennsylvania today, and announced new lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Trump Campaign manager Bill Stepian told reporters on a press call: “We are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania. This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math.”
The Trump campaign also filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania and Michigan demanding better access for campaign observers in locations where ballots are being processed and counted.
Additionally, the campaign demanded a recount in Wisconsin, where Joe Biden has a razor thin lead.
“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be. There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so,” Stepian said in a statement.
The New York Times called both Wisconsin and Michigan for Biden, Wednesday afternoon.
Both states saw a sudden and dramatic increase in the vote tally for Biden early Wednesday morning.
Also, officials at Detroit’s absentee ballot counting center aroused suspicion Wednesday when they covered up windows, blocking the view of observers.
The scene at Detroit’s absentee ballot counting center is growing more heated. The windows now being covered up. Allegations of violations. Sec. of State says she welcomes challenges. pic.twitter.com/oUL4A0h3Ku
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) November 4, 2020
Some of the windows remain blocked off. I asked a few people who taped them up and why, no clear answer. A few poll challengers / workers tell us they feel there wasn’t a fair number of repubs and dems in this room. Sec of State’s office gave us this reponse: pic.twitter.com/un1RyFTUJj
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) November 4, 2020
The campaign said it is calling for a temporary halt in the counting in Pennsylvania and Michigan until it is given “meaningful” access in numerous locations and allowed to review ballots that already have been opened and processed.
The campaign also is seeking to intervene in Pennsylvania Republican Party v. Boockvar, a Supreme Court case that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted.
President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani complained at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the lack of transparency is threatening the integrity of the vote.
“Mysteriously at about 3:00 in the morning, about 120,000 ballots appear,” Giuliani said. “Well, we have no idea if they really are ballots, we have no idea if they’re signed, if they’re postmarked properly. If it isn’t just the same person who submitted the 100,000 ballots.”
Giuliani complained that the suspicious ballots “all got counted” anyway. “This is how they intend to win,” he explained. The attorney said the situation is happening in Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
“We are supposed to be allowed by law to observe the counting of the ballots,” Giuliani said, adding that a reasonable interpretation of that would be the ability to look at the ballots.
“The way it’s interpreted by the crooked machine of Philadelphia is that the observers can be 20 or 30 feet away. Never able to see the ballot itself” to see if there are any issues that would lead to the disqualification of ballots.
“This went on for 20 hours,” Giuliani said. “While all you thought there was some kind of a legitimate count going on here in Philadelphia, it was totally illegitimate!”
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) November 4, 2020
Trump Campaign advisor Corey Lewandowsky declared that Pennsylvania is “Trump country,” and vowed to stay there with former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi until the media realizes “President Trump has won this state.”
Justin Clark, Trump 2020 Deputy Campaign Manager, said in a statement that “this is the most important election of our lifetime.”
“Pennsylvania’s unhinged, radical left Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar has tried her hardest to bake in a backdoor to victory for Joe Biden with late, illegal ballots in collusion with the partisan state supreme court. The United States Constitution is clear on this issue: the legislature sets the time, place, and manner of elections in America, not state courts or executive officials. As the President has rightly said, the Supreme Court must resolve this crucial contested legal question, so President Trump’s Campaign is moving to intervene in the existing Supreme Court litigation over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s unlawful extension of the mail-in ballot receipt deadline. The law is on President Trump’s side: as the Eighth Circuit just said, to change the ballot receipt deadline is in fact a change of the time, place, and manner of the election—and only a state legislature or the United States Congress can do that under the Constitution,” Clark said.