Donald Trump Says He Has Already Won Election, Taking Case to Supreme Court

President Donald Trump addressed his supporters early Wednesday morning, declaring victory in the presidential election. Trump also implied that he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the election process.

Trump told the audience at the White House early on Wednesday morning that Democrats were trying to "disenfranchise" people who had voted for him. "Millions of people voted for us tonight" he said. "A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people. And we won't stand for it."

Trump called the election "an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election."

"We want the law to be used in a proper manner so we'll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court," Trump added. "We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find any ballots at four o'clock in the morning and add them to the list. This is a very sad moment."

Trump's speech came as he trailed former Vice President Joe Biden in electoral college votes, according to the Associated Press. However, he pulled out necessary wins in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Texas. Results are yet to be released from the battleground states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Michigan. Final voting results were not available on election night because of an increased number of Americans using mail-in ballots to cast their votes. Trump has warned supporters for weeks that the increased usage of mail-in ballots would lead to increased election fraud.

The president was uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter since 6 p.m. on Tuesday but broke that silence shortly after Wednesday morning broke. He told his followers that his campaign was "up BIG" but said "they are trying to STEAL the election," likely referencing Democrats and mail-in ballots.

"We will never let them do it," Trump posted on Twitter. "Votes cannot be cast after the Poles (sic) are closed!"

A minute later, the president announced on Twitter that he would be making a statement tonight, an expectation that former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway set early in the night.

At the time of Trump's speech, he had 213 electoral college votes to Biden's 225, according to the Associated Press. With 46 electoral college votes in play with Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, the election was still anyone's to take. However, given the strong lead Biden had in national polling, the close race didn't bode well for those who were looking for an assured referendum on the president.

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President Donald Trump speaks as he visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. Early Wednesday morning, Trump addressed his supporters at the White House. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty

Earlier Wednesday morning, Biden gave a brief update to his supporters. Flanked by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, the former vice president commended voters on their patience and reminded them that the long night was expected. Despite Trump's victories in Florida and Texas, two states Democrats considered a feasible swing, Biden said his team felt "good about where we are" and he was confident that Arizona would ultimately be called in his favor. Fox News gave Biden an Arizona win, but faced pressure from the Trump campaign to retract it on the basis that it was too early to call. Fox News Decision Desk Director Arnon Mishkin stood by his decision.

"It's not my place or Donald Trump's place to declare who's won this election," Biden said. "That's the decision of the American people but I'm optimistic about this outcome."