The Protect the Results coalition announced it has decided for the moment not to activate its national mobilization network Wednesday as vote-counting in the presidential election continues in states across the nation, including several key battlegrounds.
In a statement, the coalition said it "remains ready to activate if necessary" and noted that "some local organizers may still hold 'Count Every Vote' events in their community."
"Right now, election officials are continuing to count millions of votes across the country, Biden is ahead in the Electoral College and the popular vote, and the outcome of this election will be decided by the voters, not Donald Trump," the coalition said. "Now, we must be patient and wait as election officials continue to count those ballots."
Read the coalition's full statement:
Today, as millions of votes are counted and with Joe Biden's lead in several key states growing, the Protect the Results coalition is announcing that it will not be activating the entire national mobilization network today, but remains ready to activate if necessary. While the coalition will not be activating its national network, some local organizers may still hold "Count Every Vote" events in their community.
Right now, election officials are continuing to count millions of votes across the country, Biden is ahead in the Electoral College and the popular vote, and the outcome of this election will be decided by the voters, not Donald Trump. Now, we must be patient and wait as election officials continue to count those ballots.
It's clear from his false claims last night that Donald Trump is desperate and knows he's losing. The American people will decide who our next President will be, not Donald Trump.
While the coalition will not activate nationwide events today, we know that Trump may say and do anything he can to cling to power—and that's why the entire coalition will remain vigilant in the days and weeks ahead. We are ready to mobilize if needed to ensure every vote is counted and respected.
At each and every step in the process until then, the more than 165 progressive and conservative advocacy groups, labor unions, government watchdogs, and grassroots networks that are part of the Protect the Results coalition urge election officials and the media to not only keep the public informed as results are certified, but to also immediately combat any disinformation about the results.
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As the nightmare scenario many have been warning about for months came true early Wednesday with President Donald Trump's false declaration of victory, advocacy organizations behind the "Protect the Results" coalition reaffirmed that they are prepared to mobilize across the United States as the nation teeters on the edge of a constitutional crisis.
If the coalition decides to officially activate the mass protests in response to Trump's false victory claim, more than 500 demonstrations are scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon as the vote count continues, with a trio of key battlegrounds—Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania—at the center of the nation's attention. The coalition is expected to meet early Wednesday to decide whether to greenlight the wave of demonstrations.
In a speech from the White House early Wednesday with millions of votes left to count, President Donald Trump did what the coalition of more than 130 advocacy groups, labor unions, and environmental organizations has long feared he would: Falsely declared outright victory, baselessly cried voter fraud in key states that may not ultimately turn out in his favor if all ballots are counted, and threatened to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court to help him stop the vote count.
"We expected Trump and Republicans to try every trick in the book to cling to power," advocacy group Indivisible, one of the original founders of the "Protect the Results" coalition, tweeted early Wednesday. "That's why we're ready to mobilize. Join the movement to stop a constitutional crisis."
"We're gonna have to do this," said Alexandria Villaseñor, founder of youth-led advocacy group Earth Uprising. "We need the world to help us."
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