Not the type to give up easily, President Donald Trump expressed confidence on Thursday that he could still get a second term, despite the media and opponents already counting him.
Discussing the handful of key states that have yet to certify their election results, and where the Trump campaign still has litigation, the president said manual recounts and audits in those states could bring him closer to the 270 electoral college votes needed to win. .
“We’re going to win Wisconsin,” the president told Washington Examiner’s Byron York.
“Arizona – it’s going to be 8,000 votes, and if we can audit the millions of votes, we’ll find 8,000 easy votes. If we can do an audit, we’ll be in good shape there. “
While the Trump campaign on Friday dropped a lawsuit in Arizona to examine the votes in person in the presidential race, the state has yet to certify their results.
Trump also remained optimistic he could still achieve victory in the jaws of defeat in other states, including Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
“Georgia, we are going to win” he said in York, “because now we’re at about 10,000, 11,000 votes, and we have a manual count.”
“Manual counting is the best. Driving around the machine doesn’t mean anything. You collect 10 votes. But when you count by hand I think we’re going to win Georgia.
Trump added that he would win North Carolina, “unless they find a lot of votes. I said, ‘When are they going to hold the new votes in North Carolina? When are they going to find a lot of Charlotte? “
As for Michigan and Pennsylvania, the president believes his lawsuits highlighting the fact that poll observers cannot attend the vote count could prove detrimental to Democrats.
“They wouldn’t let our observers and poll observers watch or watch,” Trump said. “It’s a big problem. They should reject the votes that took place during those periods when [Trump observers] were not there. We went to court and the judge ordered [the observers] back, but it was after two days, and millions of votes could have passed. Millions. And we’re down by 50,000. ”
At one point in the interview, York says the President briefly reflected on the loss, but the next moment still hung on to the hope that enough voter fraud could be exposed to tip the scales in his favor.
At one point in the conversation, the president seemed to quickly consider and reject the idea of losing. “I’m a realizing guy – five days ago I was like, ‘Maybe’,” he said, pausing for a second. “But, now I see evidence, and we have hundreds of affidavits,” referring to the testimony included in his lawsuits.
Overall, the president has made it clear that he has no intention of giving in and is ready to continue fighting as long as his supporters are behind him.
Either way, Trump is moving forward. When I asked him how quickly he could change things, he replied, “I don’t know. It’s probably two weeks, three weeks. He knows the situation. He heard a lot of people tell him it was over and it was time to give in. But at the very least, it’s important that his most dedicated supporters see him fighting to stay in power. And he ended with a cheerful warning to anyone who told him there was no hope: “Never bet against me.
In an op-ed Friday, former Trump campaign adviser and GOP agent Roger Stone said the president still has a path to victory – as long as he doesn’t give in early.
“THERE IS A WAY TO VICTORY FOR DONALD TRUMP – THIS IS WHAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW,” Stone wrote.
“The only way President Trump will not be president is by conceding the election.”
“The Trump I’ve known for 40 years is a fighter who won’t do that.”
“So stop watching fake news and ‘may your heart not be troubled’ (as my friend Sean Hannity would say) and live your life knowing that everything will work,” Stone said.
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