(CNSNews.com) - "Our goal is to defend the integrity of the election," President Donald Trump told a Thursday evening news conference. "If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us."
Trump said the expansion of unsolicited mail-in ballots is the main problem with this election:
Democrat officials never believed they could win this election honestly. I really believe that. That's why they did the mail-in ballots where there's tremendous corruption and fraud going on. That's why they mailed out tens of millions of unsolicited ballots without any verification measures whatsoever.
And I've told everybody that these things would happen because I've seen it happen. I watched a lot of different elections before they decided to go with this big massive election with tens of millions of ballots going out to everybody, in many cases totally unsolicited. This was unprecedented in American history.
This was by design, despite years of claiming to care about the election security. They refused to include any requirement to verify signatures, identities, or even determine whether they're eligible or ineligible to vote. People are walking in there, they have no idea. They're just taking numbers. They're writing down things, the workers, and doing a lot of bad things. And we have a lot of information coming and litigation that you'll see that will shake even you people up (the media), and you've seen it all.
Trump pointed to "a number of disturbing irregularities" in the vote-counting, including:
-- A "corrupt Democrat machine" in Pennsylvania and other key states;
-- Extended deadlines for accepting mailed ballots in Pennsylvania and other states;
-- Ballots without postmarks or verifiable voter identification;
-- Preventing legal teams from monitoring the ballot-counting;
-- Batches of ballots coming in late in Detroit, "and nobody knew where they came from."
Trump challenged Joe Biden and every Democrat to clarify that they only want "legal" votes counted.
"I think they should use the word ‘legal’ -- legal votes. We want every legal vote counted, and I want every legal vote counted. We want openness and transparency, no secret count rooms, no mystery ballots, no illegal votes being cast after Election Day," Trump said.
“You have Election Day, and the laws are very strong on that. You have an Election Day, and they don't want votes cast after Election Day. And they want the process to be an honest one. It's so important. We won an honest election. We won an honest count."
Trump said he's filing lawsuits "because we can't have an election stolen like this."
And I--I tell you, I was--I have been talking about this for many months with all of you, and I've said very strongly that mail-in ballots are going to end up being a disaster. Small elections were disastrous. Small, very easy to handle elections were disastrous. This is a large scale version, and it's getting worse and worse every day.
We're hearing stories that are horror stories, absolute horror stories. And we can't let that happen to the United States of America. It's not a question of who wins, Republican, Democrat, Joe, myself. We can't let that happen to our country. We can't be disgraced by having something like this happen.
Trump expressed the hope that things will be cleared up, "maybe soon."
"But ultimately, I have a feeling judges are going to have to rule. But there's been a lot of shenanigans, and we can't stand for that in our country.