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Fact check: Breaking down the barrage of false election claims from Trump and his allies

November 6, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

On Twitter and on television, President Donald Trump and his allies continued Thursday to bombard Americans with false claims about the presidential election -- baselessly asserting for the second day in a row that Democrats were attempting to steal the election from Trump.

Washington (CNN)On Twitter and on television, President Donald Trump and his allies continued Thursday to bombard Americans with false claims about the presidential election -- baselessly asserting for the second day in a row that Democrats were attempting to steal the election from Trump.

Trump tweeted, "ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!"

Trump said in an all-caps statement that his campaign emailed to reporters: "IF YOU COUNT THE LEGAL VOTES, I EASILY WIN THE ELECTION!

IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, THEY CAN STEAL THE ELECTION FROM US!"

Trump was vague here about what he meant by "late," but the only votes being counted are those cast by voters who met their states' deadlines for mailing their ballots -- which is, in every case, Election Day or before.

Trump tweeted, "All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud.

Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general who has been one of the public faces of the Trump campaign's post-Election Day legal effort, claimed on the Fox News show "Fox & Friends" on Thursday morning that there are "fake ballots" in Pennsylvania that are "coming in late," after Election Day.

During the state's vote count, Pennsylvania officials have been segregating ballots received after Election Day from all other ballots in case the courts later decide to invalidate them.

Democrats were gaining ground at the time in some key states, such as Pennsylvania and Georgia, because some mail votes were being counted last, and more Democrats than Republicans voted by mail.

In Florida, where counties were allowed to count votes as soon as they received mail ballots, Joe Biden jumped out to what ended up being a mirage of a big lead on election night, but Trump overtook him after in-person votes were counted.

"We have election days in this country for a reason, because votes are counted on Election Day," McEnany said.

While many votes are counted on Election Day, some votes are always counted afterward.

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