Videos show Trump protesters chanting 'count those votes' and 'stop the count' outside separate ballot-counting sites in Michigan and Arizona

  • Supporters of President Donald Trump chanted "stop the count" and "count those votes" in separate protests outside ballot-counting stations in Phoenix, Arizona, and Detroit, Michigan.
  • Videos showed a crowd outside Detroit's TCF Centre on Wednesday chanting "stop the count" and "stop the vote." 
  • However, his fans outside the Maricopa County Election Center, Arizona, where Trump is trailing Biden, were filmed chanting "count those votes."
  • The Trump campaign is also filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan to stop the battleground states from counting remaining votes.
  • Trump falsely claimed victory on Wednesday and made claims of "major fraud" without providing any evidence.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump chanted both "count those votes" and "stop the count" outside two ballot-counting sites in Michigan and Arizona.

As of Thursday morning, ballots were still being counted in key states. Trump falsely claimed victory in the presidential election on Wednesday. claiming there is "major fraud on our nation," without providing evidence for his assertion.

His campaign is filing lawsuits to stop remaining votes from being counted in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan. Meanwhile, the president and his GOP allies are insisting that the vote counts continue in Arizona and Nevada, where Trump is behind Biden and looking for electoral-vote pickups.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden won Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, according to Decision Desk HQ.

Videos published online on Wednesday showed crowds pushing to get inside the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan, where votes were being counted earlier that day.

One, posted to Twitter by Washington Post photojournalist Salwan Georges, showed Trump supporters inside the center chanting "stop the count" and "stop the vote." 

A second video, posted to Twitter by Detroit-based reporter Annalise Frank, showed Trump supporters outside the center, also chanting "stop the vote." They were denied entry by police and security, Frank said.

A third video, posted by NBC News correspondent Steve Patterson, showed protesters inside the center surrounding the doors to the vote counting hall. "Pizza boxes are pushed against the window to obstruct view. It's tense," he wrote.

 

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims on Tuesday in an attempt to stop ballot counting.

"President Trump's campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law," the campaign said in a statement.

Across the country, around 200 Trump fans amassed outside the Maricopa County Election Center in Phoenix, Arizona, late Wednesday night, chanting "count those votes" — the opposite of the chants made in Detroit the same day.

Chants of "Fox News sucks" also rang out from the crowd, showing anger toward the network's decision to call Arizona for Biden on Tuesday night.

Some of those assembled outside the Maricopa County Election Center demanded entry to the facility, MSNBC reporter Gadi Schwartz said.

On Wednesday, a large group of protesters that did not appear to be linked to Trump's campaign also protested Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, calling for every vote to be counted across the US.

Protesters held signs reading "count every vote," and "keeping hope alive," Bloomberg reported. Decision Desk HQ and other outlets called Oregon for Biden on Wednesday.

As Business Insider's Jake Lahut and Grace Panetta previously reported, Trump has frequently spread misinformation claiming there is widespread fraud and election malfeasance in Pennsylvania, and baselessly claimed that "bad things happen in Philadelphia." 

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