Trump Accuses Democrats of Trying to Steal Election in Speech to Supporters

President Trump addresses supporters late on election night at the White House.CHRIS KLEPONIS/POOL/SHUTTERSTOCK

At 2:21 a.m., President Trump entered the East Room of the White House to address more than 100 supporters who had gathered.

Speaking in front of a row of about a dozen American flags, Mr. Trump nodded to the late hour. “This is without question the latest news conference I’ve ever had,” he said.

Mr. Trump expressed confidence in his odds but indicated he was frustrated by how the night had developed. The race against Democrat Joe Biden has been tighter than polls predicted, but Mr. Biden gained some momentum as the night wore on and vote tallies in Arizona—which Mr. Trump won four years ago—pointed in his favor.

“We were winning everything, and all of a sudden it was just called off,” Mr. Trump said. The president said he believed he had won the election, a premature assertion that comes as both candidates maintain possible paths to victory.

He accused Democrats of trying to “disenfranchise” his voters and declared victory in Georgia, where the Associated Press has not yet declared a winner and where he holds a slight lead with 93% of votes counted.

Pulling a piece of paper out of his pocket, the president accused Democrats of trying to steal the election.

“They knew they couldn’t win,” he said. “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country,” he added, promising to petition the Supreme Court, though he didn’t elaborate.

The president for months has telegraphed that he intended to accuse Democrats of voter fraud if the election did not go his way.

Asked in September if he believed the election results would only be legitimate if he won, Mr. Trump responded: “We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be.”

The president left the stage at 2:32 a.m., pumping his fist to supporters.

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