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TRUMP: "The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots." — statement Saturday after the outcome in Pennsylvania delivered Biden the presidential election victory.

THE FACTS: Trump has not presented evidence that Americans had a dishonest election or that "illegal ballots" shaped the result.

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President Donald Trump looks down at his notes as he speaks at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He has portrayed the tallying of mailed ballots received after Election Day as illegitimate, but in fact that is explicitly allowed in roughly 20 states, and the Supreme Court did not stand in the way of it. He accused election officials of banning campaign representatives from voting places, but that is false, too.

Trump refused to concede and said he will press his legal challenges, despite seeing several lawsuits dismissed by courts.

TRUMP: "We're hearing stories that are horror stories. ... We think there is going to be a lot of litigation because we have so much evidence and so much proof." — remarks Thursday night from the White House.

THE FACTS: Trump produced no evidence of systematic problems in voting or counting. In fact, the ballot-counting process across the country has been running smoothly for the most part, even with the U.S. in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic.

One of his main complaints, that counting spilled over past Election Day, is meritless. No presidential election has had all the votes counted the same day and there is no law or even expectation that that should be the case. The surge in mailed ballots and the high turnout have made the process slower than usual in some, but not all, cases.


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