Rihanna calls for every US election vote to be counted amid tense Trump-Biden race: ‘We can wait’

Music star shares her view after Trump pushes for end to vote-counting

Roisin O'Connor@Roisin_OConnor
Thursday 05 November 2020 07:22
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As votes for the US presidential election continue to be tallied and mail-in ballots are counted, Rihanna reminded Americans that you can’t rush democracy.

The artist shared a simple tweet amid one of the tensest US elections in recent history to call against rushing the process of vote counting.

“Count every vote,” she tweeted to her near-100 million followers on the social media platform. “We’ll wait.”

She doubled down on the message on Instagram, posting it via a series of six photos.

Rihanna has long-been a vocal critic of incumbent president Donald Trump, having previously branded him “the most mentally ill person in America”.

Her comment about counting votes came as Trump pushed for legitimate votes to be ignored in states where he holds a lead over Democratic candidate Joe Biden, and launched legal action to disrupt the counting process.

On Twitter, he has peddled conspiracy theories and misinformation about ballot-counting, following uproar caused by his false claim that he had won the election.

In Arizona’s Maricopa County, a ballot-counting facility was closed to the media and public amid safety fears, after Trump supporters – many of them armed – gathered outside the building.

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