Before the votes are fully counted, Trump falsely claims victory

President Donald Trump Holds Election Night Event At The White House

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President Donald Trump prematurely claimed victory in the 2020 election early Wednesday morning, telling a live TV audience that he’d already won — while also threatening to take legal action against votes that have yet to be counted, even though many states are continuing to process legitimate mail-in ballots.

“Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said, while also suggesting he would take legal action to keep further ballots from being counted.

Initially, Trump stopped short of declaring a win, instead focusing on individual states where he’s done well. Even there, however, he appears to have lied about some of the details — prompting NBC News to cut him off and fact-check him in real time:

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