WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump falsely claimed early Wednesday that he had gained the presidential election, though thousands and thousands of reliable votes had but to be counted and a half-dozen battleground states have been nonetheless not referred to as.

“A really unhappy group of individuals is making an attempt to disenfranchise [people who voted for me] and we cannot stand for this,” Trump advised supporters within the White Home shortly earlier than 2:30 a.m.

Greater than an hour earlier, Democrat Joe Biden told supporters he’s confident about successful the presidential election and urged Americans to be patient.

In his East Wing feedback, Trump mentioned: “We have been preparing for a giant celebration. We have been successful all the pieces, and unexpectedly it was simply referred to as off.”

“We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court docket, we would like all voting to cease,” Trump continued greater than an hour after the ultimate U.S. polls closed in Alaska. “We do not need them to search out any ballots at 4 o’clock within the morning and add them to the record.”

It was unclear what Trump meant by “going to the Supreme Court docket,” provided that the nation’s highest courtroom isn’t the primary judicial venue for a case, however slightly, it evaluations decrease courtroom rulings.

The White Home referred CNBC to the Trump marketing campaign when requested about Trump’s suggestion that he would contain the Supreme Court docket within the election. The marketing campaign did not instantly reply to the question.

“This can be a fraud on the American public. This is a humiliation to our nation,” Trump mentioned in his rambling assertion.

“It is a very unhappy second to me, a really unhappy second, and we’re going to win this,” he mentioned. “So far as I am involved, we have already got gained this, so I wish to thank all of our supporters and I wish to thank everyone that labored with us.”

Trump’s election night time declare of victory was not a spontaneous response to favorable ends in key states, nonetheless, as he would have individuals consider. 

As a substitute, it has been months within the making. As Trump has trailed Democrat Joe Biden in polls, he has sought to undermine religion within the multiday technique of vote tallying, and to put the groundwork for insisting that the one legitimate election outcomes have been these tallied on election night time.

Ever because the coronavirus pandemic necessitated that thousands and thousands of Individuals vote by mail this 12 months, Trump has additionally labored to sow doubts within the integrity of mail-in voting, baselessly claiming that votes solid by mail are rife with “fraud.” 

He has shared outlandish conspiracies about mail-in ballots being altered someplace on the trail from the voter to the native election board. 

He has additionally amplified remoted studies of misplaced or discarded ballots, claiming that these anecdotal occasions have been symptomatic of one thing a lot larger than just a few votes. 

In September, Trump seized upon a report of 9 ballots discovered discarded alongside a freeway in Pennsylvania, claiming they have been proof of Democrats making an attempt to “steal” the election from him. 

 “They throw them out if they’ve the identify Trump on it, I assume,” Trump mentioned of the ballots, a few of which have been clean and a few of which have been stuffed out for Trump. 

In actuality, voters in Pennsylvania this 12 months are on monitor to solid greater than 5 million votes, making the destiny of simply 9 ballots statistically insignificant. 

But it surely’s not simply Trump alone, making wild claims with no observe by way of. 

Trump’s reelection marketing campaign and the Republican Nationwide Committee have spent thousands and thousands of {dollars} this 12 months difficult particular person states’ efforts to develop mail-in voting in response to the pandemic. 

Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey and Montana are simply a number of the states the place Trump’s attorneys have gone to courtroom to attempt to forestall the growth of mail-in voting. 

Their arguments typically boiled all the way down to the identical baseless claims of fraud that Trump himself has pushed, and consequently, they’ve seen their lawsuits tossed out by judges on the state and federal ranges.

The president’s willingness to undermine a cornerstone of democracy — the integrity of the person vote — stretches again a lot farther than this 12 months. 

Throughout his first marketing campaign for president, Trump amplified and unfold false claims that the election can be “rigged” in favor of Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Again then, it wasn’t mail-in ballots that Trump claimed can be the culprits. As a substitute, it was undocumented immigrants one way or the other casting thousands and thousands of unlawful ballots for Clinton. 

Even after Trump gained the Electoral Faculty tally in November 2016, he continued to insist that the election had been marred by fraud. 

“Along with successful the Electoral Faculty in a landslide, I gained the favored vote in case you deduct the thousands and thousands of people that voted illegally,” Trump tweeted in late November 2016. 

For the previous 4 years, skilled truth checkers have often disproved Trump’s claims of rigged elections. 

However thus far, that hasn’t stopped Trump.