President Donald Trump will not “go quietly in the night” as the Republican campaign vows to launch legal bids in the three key states of Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to the US Studies Centre’s Brendon O’Connor.
On Wednesday night President Trump declared there was “major fraud” taking place, vowing to go to the Supreme Court as votes continued to be counted, and said “we did win this election”.
“I’ve never heard an election night speech like it, extraordinary, claiming to stop counting the voters where he was ahead, claiming that in his mind he had already won, that I think sent shockwaves around the world,” Mr O’Connor told Sky News.
“That was not what you expect from a democratic leader, that was the talk of a dictator.
“That’s what we expect in Russia.
“This is not over, Trump isn’t going to go quietly in the night, the idea of Trump conceding gracefully is something we can’t expect.”
Mr O’Connor said the US was treading on unprecedented ground this election.
“How this plays out in terms of a president, if they don’t accept the numbers, the result, is something we’ve never had,” he said.
“So that makes the next few days, maybe months, something that we’ve got to write a new script for.”