The First Lady called for “every legal” vote to be counted and also urged “transparency”. Her comments come after Mr Trump’s rival Joe Biden won the election over the weekend having secured the crucial state of Pennsylvania.
The First Lady said: “The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal – not illegal – vote should be counted. We must protect our democracy with complete transparency.”
Mr Biden, the Democratic president-elect, has won a total of 279 electoral votes so far, breaking through the 270-vote figure needed to secure the White House.
Mr Trump remains on 214. However, there are still four states yet to reveal their final figures.
Georgia, a crucial state eagerly watched by analysts over the weekend, is yet to finalise its results pending a recount.
The state announced it would tally its votes again because the final result was too close to call – within a 0.5 percent margin. The state carries 16 electoral votes.
Arizona is also yet to announce a winner. Joe Biden is currently ahead with 1,636,934, compared to Mr Trump’s 1,616,832 at the time of writing.
Donald Trump is yet to offer his concessions to his rival following the weekend’s results.
However, it is thought he has been approached by key advisers including his son-in-law Jared Kushner to discuss doing so.
Via a series of tweets and a press release, the president has said he will carry out legal action to dispute the current election results and only an hour ago referred to “the mail-in ballot hoax”.
Melania Trump’s tweet appears to reinforce her husband’s claims, using similar language to Mr Trump’s press statement on Saturday.
He wrote: “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
“The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots.
“So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”
Already, the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County, Arizona, which claims poll workers caused voting machines to disregard ballots.
The lawsuit alleges this is because of the mishandling of an ‘overvote’ error. In such an event, poll workers are reportedly supposed to let voters correct the issue, but instead they allegedly pressed a button to override the error, resulting in a discarded vote.
It remains to be seen what other legal action will be taken next week.
Published at Mon, 09 Nov 2020 00:25:59 +0000