‘Ladies, please!’ Kay Burley forced to shut down furious row on US election results

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Democrat Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and Republican US commentator Scottie Nell Hughes clashed on Sky News on Thursday morning over the contested US election results. President Donald Trump is refusing to accept Joe Biden has won the election as he pushes through with his legal challenges against the results. Ms Hughes claimed it is “laughable” to suggest Joe Biden won more popular votes than any other president in the history of the US. 

But Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said the Republican failed to understand a “simple formula” that saw millions more voters coming out this year to ensure Donald Trump would not win a second term. 

But as the pair shouted over each other, Sky News host Kay Burley lost control of the debate and was forced to tell the two women to stop multiple times. 

She said: “Ladies, ladies, ladies? 

“Ladies, please!” 

A key battleground state in the 2020 presidential election is expected on Thursday to affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump, which would deal yet another setback to Trump’s scattershot efforts to hold on to power.

Georgia’s top election official, a Republican, has said a labour-intensive hand recount likely will not erode Mr Biden’s initial 14,000 vote margin enough to hand Mr Trump a victory in the state.

That would leave Mr Trump with a dwindling number of options as he tries to overturn the results of an election in which he drew 5.8 million fewer votes than Mr Biden nationwide.

To remain in office, Mr Trump would need to overturn results in at least three large states to flip the results of the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner.

Mr Biden has captured 306 electoral-college votes to Trump’s 232.

Mr Trump’s campaign has met with little success so far.

In Wisconsin, election officials say a partial recount underway in the state’s largest Democratic-leaning counties probably will likely only add to Mr Biden’s 20,000-vote margin.

Mr Trump’s campaign can request another recount in Georgia after that state certifies its vote tally, expected to be on Friday.

In Michigan and Pennsylvania, Mr Trump’s lawyers have met with a string of defeats as they argue those states should declare Mr Trump the winner, despite unofficial results that show Biden ahead by 158,000 votes and 83,000 votes, respectively.

Those legal motions, sprinkled with factual errors, have been dismissed by Mr Biden’s campaign as “theatrics” that are not based on sound law. Several prominent law firms have pulled out of the operation, leaving Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to spearhead the efforts.

State and federal election officials, as well as outside experts, say Mr Trump’s argument the election was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud has no basis in fact.

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However, it does appear to be affecting public confidence in American democracy. A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday found about half of Republicans believe Mr Trump “rightfully won” the election.

Arizona’s top election official, Katie Hobbs, said she and her family had been getting violent threats. Hobbs, a Democrat, called on Mr Trump to stop casting doubt on the result.

Mr Trump himself has no public events scheduled for Thursday.

He has largely stayed in the White House and kept out of public view since the election.

His administration so far has refused to recognise Mr Biden as the winner, which has held up funding and security clearances to ease the transition from one president to another ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Mr Biden said on Wednesday the delay is preventing his team from being able to plan new efforts to fight a third wave of coronavirus infections, which is putting immense strain on the US healthcare system.

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