PUBLISHED: 00:20, Mon, Nov 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:02, Mon, Nov 2, 2020
The US president has even been setting out a plan of action which would include him walking up to a podium on the night of the election and announcing his victory, sources close to him told US news site Axios. In order to make the announcement, the president is expected to say mail-in ballots counted the following day could be fraudulent.
Just hours ago, he said allowing mail-in ballots to be counted after the November 3 election day was a “terrible decision” by the US Supreme Court.
The President even appeared threaten legal action, adding “we’re going to go in night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers”.
Mr Trump has been a vocal critic of mail-in voting for months – something analysts have hotly contested.
The president’s denouncement of mail-in ballots on election night could be significant because even though he may appear to be winning in states such as Pennsylvania, mail-in ballots counted in the following days could change that.
It is thought Mr Trump’s allies will claim the Democratic Party will have “stolen” the presidential election if this turns out to be the case, Axios added.
Mr Trump speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania, October 31 (Image: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty)
Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for the Trump campaign, dismissed the reports.
He said: “This is nothing but people trying to create doubt about a Trump victory. When he wins, he’s going to say so.”
However, analysts expect the presidential election will be far from decided on the night of November 3, as multiple states will still be counting mail-in ballots.
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Trump supporters at a rally in Pennsylvania at the weekend (Image: Ban Hasty / MediaNews Group / Reading Eagle / Getty)
As a result, it could be several days before fully accurate counts from some states