US President Donald Trump is testing how far he can go using the trappings of presidential power to influence elections. Now Democrat Joe Biden is in the lead in votes and has managed to gain more support from some key states.
Trump on Thursday brought charges of electoral fraud, claiming a rival is trying to seize power. The current American president is trying to stop the vote count or cancel it altogether, because he is confident that the elections were rigged by the Democrats.
“This is the case when they are trying to steal elections, they are trying to rig it,” Trump said.
The president’s remarks heighten feelings of anxiety in the United States, as Americans have been waiting for the result for the third day without knowing who will be president for the next four years. His statements have also drawn rebuke from some Republicans, especially those looking to steer the party in a different direction in the post-Trump era.
Neither candidate received the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House. But Biden has overshadowed Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan, two important states in the Midwest, and is slowly getting closer to overtaking the president in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where votes still count.