Donald Trump has said this election is “far from over” and slammed the projections declaring Democrat Joe Biden winner.
It comes as Democrat Biden has defeated Trump to become the 46th President of the United States.
The victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of postal votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Mr Biden crossed 270 electoral college votes with a win in Pennsylvania.
But, Trump has vowed to pursue legal action in at least four states whilst making baseless claims that he has been “cheated”, reports The Mirror.
In a statement, Trump said: “The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states … Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”
In a series of tweets earlier today, the president ranted about alleged “voter fraud” – claims which have not been substantiated.
Mr Trump seized on delays in processing the vote in some states to falsely allege voter fraud and argue that his rival was trying to seize power – an extraordinary charge by a sitting president trying to sow doubt about a bedrock democratic process.
But rather than accept defeat, as presidents have done in the past, Trump refuses to back down – even tweeting this afternoon “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT”.
According to CNN, Trump reportedly has not prepared a concession speech and “in conversations with allies in recent days has said he has no intention of conceding the election.”
Trump and Biden are yet to even speak since Election Day.
Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows (his fourth in four years) ‘has not attempted to come to terms with the president about the reality of what is happening’.
The Trump campaign is reportedly trying to raise $60m to fight the election in the courts.
It is being reported by US media that some aides have been trying to convince Trump to go quietly in order to preserve the Trump Brand.
Vanity Fair reports that Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said that “the former vice president’s staff wasn’t worried about Trump refusing to leave the White House—not because they don’t believe he’s certifiably insane and might definitely barricade himself in the Oval Office, but because security will simply escort him from the premises.”
“The US government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” he said.
Trump will suddenly be vulnerable to a barrage of legal actions – both criminal and civil – now he has lost the presidency.
Until now Trump has used “executive privilege” to prevent people from testifying against him but that changes if he loses to Biden, as now seems likely.
The Trump Organisation is already at the centre of a criminal probe. Trump also faces a case over his taxes.
White House insiders have claimed to the Mirror his outbursts that the election has been “stolen” from him are in part fuelled by his fear of going to prison.