Trump Team to Enter Philadelphia Vote Counting Center After Winning Court Order

The Trump campaign has obtained a court order allowing Republicans to enter the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, where votes are still being counted, to ensure that not "one illegal vote" is cast.

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appeared at a press conference outside the center alongside fellow Donald Trump senior adviser Corey Lewandowski to announce the court order had been received.

Bondi said there will be a team of 15 watching the remainder of the count. She claimed they have previously been kept up to 100 feet away by a barricade.

"We plan on entering that building right now and legally observing the voting process," Bondi said. "If there is one illegal vote that is cast, it takes away from the great men and women of Pennsylvania who came out and issued a legal vote"

Lewandowski said: "Democracy dies in darkness, this is the opportunity to shed some light on what is going on inside this building. We're going to go in here right now, we're gonna start watching what's going on...it's time to go and put some light on what's happening."

He added that the observers will be standing six feet behind the counters in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Joe Biden is currently leading the race for the White House and with just a few crucial states left to report results, the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania are crucial for both campaigns.

Trump has suggested, without offering any evidence, that there has been widespread vote fraud. He has also repeatedly demanded the legal and democratic process of counting votes be immediately stopped.

Bondi previously speculated that the election is being undermined by vote fraud in Pennsylvania, which this year received a record number of mail-in ballots.

Speaking on Fox and Friends Thursday, Bondi made allegations regarding "fake ballots" that she was unable to clarify.

"We do have evidence of cheating...and we are not going anywhere until they declare we won Pennsylvania," she said.

Bondi also discussed the court order she had applied for regarding observing the counting process. She said that the team of 15 people just wanted to make sure that the votes were "stamped properly" and arrived on time.

"For every vote that came in late, that was postmarked late...that discounts every legal vote that comes in.

"That means all the good residents who are all supporting us in Pennsylvania, their votes don't count by these fake ballots that are coming in late. And they are not letting us watch the process."

When asked by host Steve Doocy if she thought there were "fake ballots," Bondi replied: "There could be. That's the problem."

As of Thursday morning, there are still hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots to be counted, according to Pennsylvania's Department of State.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf condemned the "disgraceful" efforts by the Trump administration to try and stop the counting of the remaining ballots via lawsuits.

"Pennsylvania is going to count every vote and make sure that everyone has their voice heard," Wolf said. "Pennsylvania is going to fight every single attempt to disenfranchise voters and continue to administer a free and fair election."

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Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks during the second day of the Republican convention at the Mellon auditorium on August 25, 2020 in Washington, DC Olivier DOULIERY /AFP)/Getty