By Our Reporter
Pandemonium has erupted in America after President Donald Trump claimed premature victory amidst vote counting in the hotly contested presidential election against Joe Biden.
Voting has closed in the US and all eyes are on the vote count to decide the race for the White House between incumbent President Trump and his rival, veteran Democrat Biden.
Biden addressed his supporters on Wednesday morning, saying he believes he’s ‘on track’ to win the election.
Trump took Florida and Texas, inching closer to Biden in the projections.
Early voting surged to levels never before seen in US elections, just over 100 million early votes have been cast either in person or by mail.
However, Trump has enraged several lawmakers and millions of Biden’s supporters after he declared himself the winner, although he had earlier on voiced complaints of rigging and demanded the voting count to stop, claiming he had already won.
But Biden’s campaign manager called Trump’s call for vote counting to stop “outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect”.
“It was outrageous because it is a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens,” said Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon.
“It was unprecedented because never before in our history has a president of the United States sought to strip Americans of their voice in a national election.
“And it was incorrect because it will not happen. The counting will not stop. It will continue until every duly cast vote is counted,” he added.
On their side, Bipartisan lawmakers hit Trump early Wednesday morning after he falsely declared victory in a presidential race and many of them branded him a liar!
Speaking for roughly 10 minutes, Trump raised eyebrows across the political spectrum when he rattled off states where there are still no winners as places he won and warned he would go to the Supreme Court in an attempt to stop ballot counting.
“Donald Trump is lying. He is a liar. He hopes to steal the election by cheating, but he will not succeed. Every vote must be counted,” tweeted Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).
“Let me be clear: Any effort to rush or undermine our process to #CountEveryVote would be inherently undemocratic and woefully un-American,” added Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.).
Rep. Justin Amash (L-Mich.), a Republican who left the GOP over disagreements with Trump, said the speech was “dishonest and despotic.”
Few Republicans directly rebuked Trump over his speech, in which the president described the election proceedings as a “fraud on the American public.”
“This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said in remarks from the East Room of the White House.
But Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) earlier in the night pushed back on a tweet from the president saying an ambiguous “they” are “trying to STEAL the election.”
“Stop. Full stop. The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. And America will accept that. Patience is a virtue,” Kinzinger shot back.
But preliminary results from the Electoral College indicate that of the required 270 votes to win the election Trump so far has 213 while Biden has 239.
We shall keep you posted.
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