Donald Trump, without any evidence, peddles more claims of election fraud

Without any proof, Donald Trump has again claimed there is interference in the presidential election.

US President Donald J. Trump holds a briefing in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House.

US President Donald J. Trump holds a briefing in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House. Source: Polaris Images POOL

United States President Donald Trump has again claimed the election is being stolen from him while peddling a raft of unproven voter fraud conspiracies.

In an extraordinary press conference at the White House, Mr Trump claimed he would "easily win" if authorities were only counting "legal votes".  

"If you count the legal votes, I easily win," he told reporters on Friday morning (AEDT). 

"If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us."

Three big US broadcast networks - ABC, CBS and NBC - cut away from Mr Trump's news conference to correct some of his falsehoods.

“We have to interrupt here, because the president made a number of false statements, including the notion that there has been fraudulent voting,” Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News said.

“There has been no evidence of that,” he added.

Mr Trump also claimed that "big money" and "big tech" companies were interfering in the election.

That appeared to be a reference to Facebook and Twitter, which have been flagging some of Mr Trump’s posts as being misleading.

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Mr Trump's campaign has launched legal action to try and derail the counting of votes in key battleground states such as Pennsylvania, which appear to be swinging towards Joe Biden. 

"It is a corrupt system and it makes people corrupt even if they are not by nature but they become corrupt," Mr Trump said during the press conference.  

"It is too easy."

Mr Trump also boasted of the "tremendous amount of litigation" he had launched to try and stymie the Democrats. 

Mail-in ballots have so far tilted heavily to Democrats. 

The big shift to postal ballots this year reflected the desire of voters to avoid risking exposure to COVID-19 in crowded polling stations during a pandemic that has already killed some 235,000 Americans.

Additional reporting by AFP.

Published 6 November 2020 at 10:59am, updated 6 November 2020 at 4:40pm
By SBS News