AOC Calls Trump's Premature Victory Statement 'Illegitimate, Dangerous, and Authoritarian'

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez branded President Donald Trump's false election victory claim "illegitimate, dangerous, and authoritarian" as counting continues in the key swing states that will decide the next president.

Trump gave a speech early Wednesday prematurely claiming to have won the election, despite millions of uncounted ballots outstanding in key races.

The president also claimed without evidence that there was electoral fraud and threatened to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Ocasio-Cortez, a figurehead of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and a prominent critic of Trump, wrote on Twitter: "Donald Trump's premature claims of victory are illegitimate, dangerous, and authoritarian. Count the votes. Respect the results."

Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign, meanwhile, said Trump's remarks were "outrageous."

Campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon said Trump's remarks were "unprecedented because never before in our history has a president of the United States sought to strip Americans of their voice in a national election."

"We repeat what the Vice President said tonight: Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election," O'Malley Dillon added. "Joe Biden does not decide the outcome of this election. The American people decide the outcome of this election. And the democratic process must and will continue until its conclusion."

Trump's statement was condemned from the left and right. Fox News host Chris Wallace said: "This is an extremely flammable situation; the president just threw a match into it."

"He hasn't won the states," Wallace said. "Nobody is saying he won the states. The states haven't said that he's won."

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Trump ally who headed the president's 2016 transition team, said the president had "no basis" to make the claims.

Former Pennsylvania GOP senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CNN he was "very distressed" by Trump's speech. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said Trump's televised statement "deeply irresponsible."

Pennsylvania's Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, meanwhile, said the speech was a blatant attack on the democratic process. "We still have over 1 million mail ballots to count in Pennsylvania," Wolf wrote on Twitter. "I promised Pennsylvanians that we would count every vote and that's what we're going to do."

"Let's be clear: This is a partisan attack on Pennsylvania's elections, our votes, and democracy," Wolf added. "Our counties are working tirelessly to process votes as quickly AND as accurately as possible. Pennsylvania will have a fair election and we will count every vote."

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A waitress watches a speech by President Donald Trump on a television during an election watching event at a bar on November 4, in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images/Getty