Wait, what?

Courtesy of Axios

President Trump has told confidants he’ll declare victory on Tuesday night if it looks like he’s “ahead,” according to three sources familiar with his private comments. That’s even if the Electoral College outcome still hinges on large numbers of uncounted votes in key states like Pennsylvania.

When asked about this Trump denied that it was his plan, but then added this: 

Speaking to reporters on Sunday evening, Trump denied that he would declare victory prematurely, before adding, “I think it’s a terrible thing when ballots can be collected after an election. I think it’s a terrible thing when states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over.”

He continued: “I think it’s terrible that we can’t know the results of an election the night of the election. … We’re going to go in the night of, as soon as that election’s over, we’re going in with our lawyers.”

Okay, so he denies that he is going to declare himself victorious on election night, but admits that he is not going to accept the votes that arrive after election night as legitimate. 

Axios also added this:

Trump has privately talked through this scenario in some detail in the last few weeks, describing plans to walk up to a podium on election night and declare he has won.

For this to happen, his allies expect he would need to either win or have commanding leads in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Iowa, Arizona and Georgia.

Trump’s team is preparing to falsely claim that mail-in ballots counted after Nov. 3 — a legitimate count expected to favor Democrats — are evidence of election fraud.

Well, now that this nefarious plan has been revealed we will have to see if Trump goes through with it. 

By the way, candidates do not just say they have won an election, the news media will usually make that declaration on their behalf at some point, but until the votes are counted and the results certified there is no winner. 

Somebody should probably make this clear to Trump and his batshit crazy supporters.