In his first speech since the election on Tuesday, President Donald Trump gave a controversial speech from the White House, which caused many networks to cut their coverage prematurely after he claimed that he would win the election if the "legal" votes were counted.
"If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us," Trump said.
This was the moment that some networks, including MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, and NPR, decided to cut their coverage of the speech prematurely.
MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR all cut off Trump’s broadcast, stopping the spread of his disinformation-filled speech.
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"If you count the votes that came in late, we're looking to them very strongly, but a lot of votes came in late," Trump said.
Considering the conditions with so many mail-in ballots, it was expected that many of them would come in late.
Biden also spoke on Thursday, called for patience and calm, and also expressed confidence in his victory.
"In America, the vote is sacred. It’s how the people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one — and not anything else — that chooses the president of the United States," he said.
"So each ballot must be counted and that’s what is going on now. And that’s how it should be. Democracy is sometimes messy, so sometimes it requires a little patience. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that has been the envy of the world," he continued.
Fellow Republicans continue to break with Trump on the issue of mail-in ballot counting, including Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president.
"Counting every vote is at the heart of democracy. That process is often long and, for those running, frustrating. The votes will be counted. If there are irregularities alleged, they will be investigated and ultimately resolved in the courts. Have faith in our democracy, in our Constitution, and in the American people," Romney said in a statement.
Trump did not accept any questions after his speech on Thursday, although plenty were asked in the few seconds that it took for him to leave the room. One journalist asked Trump if he was being a "sore loser."
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NBC later released the following fact-checked video of the speech:
Results in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania are still being determined, but following a press conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday where Eric Trump and Rudy Guiliani declared victory for the Trump administration, fact-checkers have published rebukes of many of their statements, saying that the press conference was filled with inaccuracies and misinformation. Despite the pushback from allies, media, and judges, the Trump campaign and Trump family have continued to insist that there has been widespread voter fraud.