Demonstrators arrived in front of the Philadelphia Convention Center as Presidents prepared to inform Eric Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others on the campaign team about democracy and the importance of counting all the votes.
“They are not welcome here,” said lawyer Sula Kritikos. “I know I’m here to let people know my vote is not counted and my vote is not counted.”
But Team Trump never appeared at their planned news conference in the square. Instead, they placed it in front of Atlantic Aviation, near Philadelphia International Airport, away from protesters.
They announced that they had launched a lawsuit to address the “massive fraud” they alleged was going on in the state with the number of votes.
“This is a shame we have to do. This is the last thing we want to do. This is the last thing my father wants to do, but it’s rampant corruption and it will not happen,” said son Eric Trump, US President Donald Trump.
There are actually no fraud or other types of ballot concerns from Pennsylvania. There are more than 3.1 million mail-in ballots in the state, which take time to count, and an order allows them to be counted until Friday if they are postmarked on or before November 3rd.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday brought his election vote to 253, compared to Donald Trump’s 214 with victories in Michigan and Wisconsin. A candidate needs 270 electoral college votes to win the presidency.
Pennsylvania, one of the surprising Rust Belt states that went to Trump to win over Hillary Clinton in 2016, has 20 election votes. They are enough to earn Biden White House. So far, numbers suggest Trump is in the lead in the state, but that lead is waning as more votes are being counted.
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Trump’s deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said in a statement Wednesday, “Democrat election officials are suing to stop ballot counting and processing … from hiding from Republican poll observers.”
“As long as there is meaningful transparency the count should be suspended and Republicans can see that all calculations are done on board and by law,” he said.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf told a news conference that the state was going to fight “every attempt to undermine the electorate.”
“These attempts to suppress the democratic process are simply disgraceful,” he said.
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In addition to Team Trump’s presence in Philadelphia, dozens of protesters ready to shout at them, and dozens of police officers standing there highlighted tensions in the city of fraternal love over the counting of votes.
“Making sure all the votes are counted, all the legal votes are counted,” said Tom McCarthy, one of the protesters who came down to protest Team Trump.
“Stopping the counting of votes, especially during the epidemic, is like stealing elections.”
‘He knows what ballots do’
Other, more vocal social activists also showed up at the intersection, reciting what many consider to be Trump’s crime list.
“He wants to close this election … he knows what the ballots do,” Samantha Rice said.
There were also some Trump supporters, and when the rhetoric between the anti-Trump and pro-Trump parties sometimes heated up, in the eyes of dozens of police officers, it never went beyond words.
Steve Faust, who works near the intersection, also came to see what the mess was. Biden’s supporter, Faust, said he was shocked by how well Trump performed in the state.
“I can not believe it’s so close. It’s so frustrating to know that so many people just feel peachy interested and just. [willing] To vote for him again. I did not understand it. “
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The scene unfolded in the backdrop of the city convention center, where election workers were counting votes. In fact, Philadelphia city commissioners broadcast the work live.
Protesters and journalists eventually dispersed after word spread that a news conference would not take place.
Shortly afterwards, however, another two hundred people gathered in front of City Hall for a similar protest, many holding banners reading “Count every vote” and “the subject of black votes.”
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