Donald Trump has accused Joe Biden of trying to “steal” the US election, claiming he is heading for a “big win.”
The US President’s tweet came as frontrunner Biden gave a speech urging voters to be patient and wait for mail in votes to be counted before declaring anyone the victor.
Trump is expected to make a speech from the White House shortly.
But first, the President tweeted: “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 Poles (sic) are closed.”
Nobody is trying to steal the election. Votes are simply being counted. Some states, including deep-red Republican states, count ballots postmarked by Election Day even if they arrive afterward. This is entirely normal. pic.twitter.com/h33xEtZojz
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 4, 2020
The President is referring to some states which are allowing postal votes to be counted up to three days after the deadline – as long as they are postmarked before polls closed.
Speaking outside his campaign HQ in Wilmington, Delaware, Joe Biden said his campaign was “on track to win this election.”
But Donald Trump accused him of trying to “steal” the election by allowing votes to be counted which arrived by mail after polls closed.
But he said the unprecedented level of early voting and mail in voting meant it would “take a while.”
He added: “We could know the results as early as tomorrow morning, but it may take a little longer.
“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to decide the outcome of this election. That’s down to the American people.”
Biden: "I am here to tell you tonight we believe we are on track to win this election." pic.twitter.com/YB2ywoJkDn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 4, 2020