Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declared victory on Saturday over President Donald Trump.
But Biden did so before the election results have been indepedently certified — or before his opponent has conceded.
That breaks a promise he made in September during the first presidential debate.
During the debate in Cleveland, Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Biden directly if he’d urge for Americans to wait for the official results to be certified.
“Will you urge your supporters to stay calm while the vote is counted, and will you pledge not to declare victory until the election is independently certified?” Wallace asked.
“Yes,” Biden replied. “And here’s the deal. We’ll count all the ballots.”
“As you pointed out, some of these ballots in some states can’t even be opened until Election Day, and if there’s thousands of ballots, it’s going to take time to do it,” he said.
Since the election, results look favorable to Biden. However, the Trump campaign has filed a series of lawsuits and have asked for investigations into numerous cases of alleged election malefasence. Trump has said he will not concede until all the legal votes are counted.
That hasn’t stopped Biden from moving forward after getting the nod from mainstream media outlets like Fox News and CNN.
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“The election is over,” he declared Monday in a televised address. Biden used the speech to urge Americans to wear masks to help contain the spread of coronavirus.
“I won’t be president until January 20, but my message today is to everyone,” Biden said. “It doesn’t matter who you voted … we can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months. Not Democrat or Republican lives, but American lives.”
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