Repeating his desire for a winner to be declared on the night of November 3, President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that he doesn\u0026#039;t \u0022believe\u0022 tallying votes for weeks after Election Day is lawful, a remark observers interpreted as yet another open signal of the president\u0026#039;s intention to challenge the counting of legally submitted ballots.\u0022Donald Trump is planning to everything he can to make sure your vote doesn\u0026#039;t count.\u0022 —Indivisible\u0022It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on November 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate, and I don\u0026#039;t believe that that\u0026#039;s by our laws,\u0022 Trump said before departing the White House for a campaign rally in Lansing, Michigan. \u0022I don\u0026#039;t believe that. So we\u0026#039;ll see what happens.\u0022It is, in fact, perfectly legal for states to count ballots for weeks after the election; some states allow mail-in ballots to arrive up to two weeks after November 3 as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. Due to the unprecedented surge in mail-in voting sparked by the pandemic, the process of tallying ballots and determining the election winner is expected to take longer than usual.\u0022He wants to throw out legal votes. That\u0026#039;s what he\u0026#039;s saying here,\u0022 tweeted Garance Franke-Ruta, executive editor of GEN magazine.Watch Trump\u0026#039;s comments:\u0022It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on Nov. 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate, and I don\u0026#039;t believe that\u0026#039;s by our laws.\u0022 -- Trump (In fact tallying all the ballots is consistent with the law.) pic.twitter.com/Dlj7DCiCT1— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2020Progressive critics and election analysts have long been warning of a \u0022nightmare scenario\u0022 in which Trump falsely declares himself the winner on November 3 based on an early lead in in-person votes and proceeds to declare all votes counted after Election Day illegitimate. The president\u0026#039;s comments Tuesday bolstered those fears.\u0022Donald Trump is planning to everything he can to make sure your vote doesn\u0026#039;t count,\u0022 progressive advocacy group Indivisible—part of a coalition planning mass protests should Trump attempt to steal the election—said in response to the president\u0026#039;s remarks Tuesday, which came hours after the conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the battleground state of Wisconsin cannot extend its Election Day deadline for the arrival of mail-in ballots.In his concurring opinion in the case, Trump-nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh parroted the president\u0026#039;s attack on the common state practice of counting ballots that arrive after Election Day—a possible indication that Kavanaugh is, as Slate\u0026#039;s Mark Joseph Stern put it, \u0022open to stealing the election for Trump.\u0022The implications of Kavanaugh\u0026#039;s reason could reach beyond Wisconsin. As Stern pointed out on Twitter, North Carolina Republicans are already citing Kavanaugh\u0026#039;s argument to justify their own push for the Supreme Court to limit the state\u0026#039;s absentee ballot deadline.\u0022Brett Kavanaugh\u0026#039;s stunning opinion last night should be a huge story today,\u0022 said Stern. \u0022It cast aspersions on mail ballots. It\u0026#039;s riddled with errors. It endorses a theory too radical for the Bush v. Gore majority. It\u0026#039;s a preemptive attack on our election\u0026#039;s integrity.