President Donald Trump, in a new interview, said he is confident that he will get to 270 Electoral College votes when all legal challenges, canvasses, audits, and recounts are resolved.
Trump told the Washington Examiner that he heard many people tell him that he should concede in recent days, but he’s going to continue to fight.
He issued a light-hearted warning to people telling him there is no hope: “Never bet against me.”
And in Georgia, he said, “We’re going to win ... because now, we’re down to about 10,000, 11,000 votes, and we have hand-counting.” Trump was responding to an announcement made by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office that a full manual recount will be carried out.
“Hand-counting is the best. To do a spin of the machine doesn’t mean anything. You pick up 10 votes. But when you hand-count—I think we’re going to win Georgia,” he added to the paper.
In Michigan and Pennsylvania, his campaign’s legal strategy is focusing on protesting the exclusion of GOP observers during critical time periods during vote-counting, Trump said.
“They wouldn’t let our poll watchers and observers watch or observe,” Trump added. “That’s a big thing. They should throw those votes out that went through during those periods of time when [Trump observers] weren’t there. We went to court, and the judge ordered [the observers] back, but that was after two days, and millions of votes could have gone through. Millions. And we’re down 50,000.”
The secretaries of state in Pennsylvania and Michigan have denied allegations from Trump’s team and Republicans that observers were not allowed there.
In Michigan, two GOP state lawmakers sent a letter to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s earlier this week and alleged there were a bevy of irregularities and possible fraud.
Several prominent Republicans and legal experts said Trump’s legal challenges are well within his rights and that Americans should not be alarmed by them. Some legacy news outlets and top Democrats have called on Trump to drop the lawsuits, while accusing the president of engaging in rhetoric that seeks to undermine the credibility of the election.
Later in the interview, Trump said that the fight for the Electoral College could turn around in a few weeks. “I don’t know. It’s probably two weeks, three weeks,” Trump said of a possible timetable.