- Supporters of President Donald Trump chanted “stop the count” and “count those votes” in separate protests outside ballot-counting stations in Detroit and Phoenix.
- Videos showed a crowd outside Detroit’s TCF Centre on Wednesday chanting “stop the count” and “stop the vote.”
- His fans outside the Maricopa County Election Centre in Arizona, however, where Trump is trailing Joe Biden, were filmed chanting “count those votes.”
- The Trump campaign is also filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan to stop the battleground states from counting remaining votes.
- Trump falsely claimed victory Wednesday and made claims of “major fraud” without providing any evidence.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump chanted both “count those votes” and “stop the count” outside ballot-counting sites in two different states.
As of Thursday morning, ballots were still being counted in key states. Trump baselessly claimed victory in the presidential election early Wednesday morning, claiming there was “major fraud on our nation,” without providing evidence.
His campaign is filing lawsuits to stop remaining votes from being counted in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan. At the same time, the president and his GOP allies are insisting that the vote counts continue in Arizona and Nevada, states where Trump has been trailing the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
Biden won Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, according to Decision Desk HQ.
Videos published online Wednesday showed crowds pushing to get inside the TCF Centre in Detroit where votes were being counted earlier that day.
One, posted to Twitter by the Washington Post photojournalist Salwan Georges, showed Trump supporters inside the centre chanting “stop the count” and “stop the vote.”
— Salwan Georges (@salwangeorges) November 4, 2020
A second video, posted to Twitter by the Detroit-based reporter Annalise Frank, showed Trump supporters outside the centre, also chanting “stop the vote.” They were denied entry by police officers and security, Frank said.
A third video, posted by the NBC News correspondent Steve Patterson, showed protesters inside the centre surrounding the doors to the vote counting hall. “Pizza boxes are pushed against the window to obstruct view. It’s tense,” he wrote.
They’re being blocked by guards at the door.
— Steve Patterson (@PattersonNBC) November 4, 2020
The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims on Tuesday in an attempt to stop ballot counting.
“President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law,” the campaign said in a statement.
Across the country, about 200 Trump fans amassed outside the Maricopa County Election Centre in Phoenix late Wednesday night, chanting “count those votes” â€” the opposite of the chants made in Detroit the same day.
Chants of “Fox News sucks” also rang out from the crowd, showing anger toward the network’s decision to call Arizona for Biden on Tuesday night.
Some of those assembled outside the Maricopa County Election Centre demanded entry to the facility, the MSNBC reporter Gadi Schwartz said.
On Wednesday, a large group of protesters who did not appear to be linked to Trump’s campaign also protested in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, calling for every vote to be counted across the US.
As Business Insider’s Jake Lahut and Grace Panetta previously reported, Trump has frequently spread misinformation claiming there is widespread fraud and election malfeasance in Pennsylvania and that “bad things happen in Philadelphia.”
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