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Trump gives baseless claim that there was voter fraud in Detroit during press briefing

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Posted at 7:39 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 19:39:50-05
DETROIT (WXYZ) —

Thursday evening President Trump claimed that voter fraud was rampant in Michigan, saying that ballots were being illegally brought into Detroit's voting center at 4 a.m., likely referring to a video that's since gone viral claiming that ballots were being snuck into the center using a red wagon.

That claim has sense been debunked.

"They're trying to rig an election, and we can't let that happen. Detroit and Philadelphia –– known as two of the most corrupt political places anywhere in our country," Trump said.

Trump claimed voter suppression led to challenger Joe Biden's lead in the U.S. presidential race, stating that Republicans began winning on Election Day, primarily due to in-person voting. But by Wednesday, Democratic party candidates gained substantial votes due to the counting of absentee ballots.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win," Trump said. "If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late, we’re looking at them very strongly.”

Trump's campaign's attempt to halt ballot counts in Michigan was thrown out Thursday by Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens on the grounds it was filed late at 4 p.m. Wednesday.