With Votes Still Being Counted, Biden and Trump Await a Morning-After Decision — 'or Maybe Even Longer'
Joe Biden and Donald Trump struck strikingly different tones as Tuesday tipped into Wednesday and the results of the 2020 presidential election remained unclear while numerous ballots nationwide — and in key swing states — were still being counted.
While former Vice President Biden, 77, publicly urged patience for the vote total while saying he felt optimistic about his chances, President Trump, 74, baselessly tweeted that "they" were trying to steal the election from him.
Twitter quickly intervened, hiding Trump's post behind a disclaimer that "some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."
In recent weeks, the president has grown increasingly insistent about undemocratic stances on vote counting, at times suggesting that ballots should not be counted after Election Day, which would be illegal.
He has also attacked the Supreme Court for allowing some states to accept votes that are postmarked by Election Day to arrive later and he has said that he might not accept the results of his defeat, suspecting that any loss would be fraudulent.
"We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!" Trump tweeted early Wednesday (after initially misspelling the word "polls").
He also wrote that he would soon make a statement, apparently from the White House where he has been hosting a private election night party.
Biden spoke to his supporters at a drive-in event — a pandemic precaution — in Wilmington, Delaware, early Wednesday. He projected confidence about the paths ahead to victory, given close margins in Arizona, Georgia and the Midwest, after Trump earned an early win in Florida: “Keep the faith guys, we’re going to win this.”
Further results, Biden said, would take time. And that was okay.
“We knew this was going to go long — but who knew we were going to go into tomorrow morning, maybe even longer?” he said.
"We need to be patient and it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted,” he continued, going on to say: “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won the election. That’s the decision of the American people.”
As polls were closing early Tuesday night, Trump touted the support he said was to come. "WE ARE LOOKING REALLY GOOD ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THANK YOU!" he wrote.
Outside of the remaining swing states that will decide the Electoral College winner, there were millions more ballots still to be counted in other states such as California as of early Wednesday.
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