When President Trump took to the podium in the White House briefing room Thursday evening to give a statement on the election count, he lied about the legality of the votes against him in key battleground states and called into question the integrity of poll workers, laying a conspiracy at the feet of Democrats.
Both the Republican establishment and the conservative news media have been split in their responses to his claims.
Inside the White House and the Trump campaign, there is shock at the direction the contest has taken — many in his camp believed that a win was certain.
Guest: Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.
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Background reading:In a stunning appearance in the White House, Mr. Trump lied about vote-counting, conjuring up a conspiracy of “legal” and “illegal” ballots being tabulated and claiming without evidence that states were trying to deny him re-election.