US President Donald Trump has warned his fellow Republicans their opponents might “steal” November’s election, as his party anointed him as their candidate.
“They’re using Covid to defraud the American people,” Mr Trump informed delegates on the primary day of the party conference in North Carolina.
Mr Trump repeated his much-disputed claims that mail-in ballots may result in voter fraud.
Opinion polls recommend he at present trails Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Addressing delegates in particular person at a party conference that has been dramatically scaled down by Covid-19, Mr Trump accused Democrats of “using Covid to steal an election”.
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“The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election,” he stated. “We’re going to win.”
As a formality, he was formally nominated to be the Republican nominee earlier on Monday on the conference within the metropolis of Charlotte.
The president is because of give a speech to the party conference on Thursday. It is uncommon for a candidate to deal with the conference earlier than their formal acceptance speech.
Speaking afterward Monday evening is Mr Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, in addition to his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley will even communicate, in addition to South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the one black Republican senator.