A statement released by the campaign manager claims that they haven't been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations.
In a rather dramatic turn of events, President Donald Trump's campaign has filed a lawsuit to stop counting votes in Michigan, according to CNN. The team claims that they have not had the chance to observe the processing of absentee ballots.
Bill Stepien, the campaign manager, released a statement, "As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be. 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. We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else."
Later updates reveal that they also filed a lawsuit in Georgia, according to the Independent.
A series of tweets from the President suggests that he is discontent with the long process of counting votes, as he had declared himself the winner even before the process was complete.
Wow! It looks like Michigan has now found the ballots necessary to keep a wonderful young man, John James, out of the U.S. Senate. What a terrible thing is happening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
He also went on to say he is suspicious about Pennsylvania as well.
We are winning Pennsylvania big, but the PA Secretary of State just announced that there are “Millions of ballots left to be counted.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
While his opponent, Joe Biden, is confident about the Democrats leading and has asked his supporters to "Keep the faith."
I am confident we will emerge victorious, but this will not be my victory or our victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 4, 2020
Kamala Harris, running for Vice President under Biden, backs up with similar views.
.@JoeBiden and I are clear: every single vote must be counted.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 5, 2020
However, President Trump believes that the process of counting all the votes has not just hurt his campaign but also the electoral process.
Our lawyers have asked for “meaningful access”, but what good does that do? The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself. This is what should be discussed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
With the final results just around the corner, the tension in the air is at an all-time high.