By Joe Sommerlad
Donald Trump looks increasingly likely to lose the US presidential election to challenger Joe Biden, with the Democrat just six Electoral College votes shy of the 270 he needs to claim victory and four states still to declare their results.
The president moved quickly on Wednesday morning to cry “fraud”, baselessly alleging election interference without citing evidence and threatening legal action, even calling on the US Supreme Court to intervene and stop the count.
He has subsequently tweeted conspiratorially about “secretly dumped ballots” — and been censored by Twitter for doing so — and dispatched his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to the pivotal battleground state of Pennsylvania in an attempt to halt the tabulation of votes.
His supporters have meanwhile picketed a ballot-processing facility in Maricopa County, Arizona, echoing the president’s unsubstantiated warnings that the election is being “stolen” by Democrats.
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