At the time of writing, neither Trump nor Biden have officially been declared the winner – but that hasn't stopped Trump from lashing out at his opponent, the Democrats and the voting system more generally in an attempt to save face as his re-election hopes are further and further dashed.
In a press conference that CNN's Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper variously described as "pathetic" and "like an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun", Trump attempted to excuse his failings by insisting, without evidence, that the election was rigged against him.
Here's a complete timeline of all the unsubstantiated claims he made to try to support this lie from his podium at the White House.
1. Thousands of Americans voted illegally.
If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.
Trump opens his news conference by saying "if you count the legal vote, I easily win. If you count the illegal vote… https://t.co/8TfGEwv3Ze
Trump knew there was a chance he'd lose the election, so he started ranting about mail-in ballots and election fraud all across the campaign trail. He's failed to provide a single shred of evidence to support his extraordinary and oft-repeated claims, but he has very effectively created a get-out-of-jail free card for his own ego.
2. The pollsters were against him.
The pollsters got it knowingly wrong. We had polls that were so ridiculous and everyone knew it at the time. There was no blue wave that they predicted. They thought there was going to be a big blue wave. That was false, that was done for suppression reasons.
"The pollsters going it knowingly wrong" -- Trump argues that the media conspired to take him down by releasing pol… https://t.co/OhaCXK8Yyu
Everyone knows an election nerd whose passion for compiling up-to-date and accurate polling data instantly disproves this point. Pollsters want to predict what's going to happen, not influence any outcome.
3. People with "special interests" artificially inflated Biden's momentum.
Everyone now recognises media polling was election interference in the truest sense of that word by powerful special interests. These phoney polls, fake polls, were designed to keep our voters at home, create the illusion of momentum for Mr Biden and diminish Republicans' ability to raise funds. They're what's called suppression polls, everyone knows that now.
Alex Jones would blush at this stuff https://t.co/xuIU7DAtqv
In short: according to Trump, the vote in Michigan and Wisconsin was unfair because the states started to turn blue. But in Arizona, where there's still a chance it'll turn red, the vote is going just fine... it's funny how that works.
6. The Democrats rigged the vote in Pennsylvania against him.
This is a case where they're trying to steal an election. They're trying to rig an election, and we can't let that happen. Detroit and Philadelphia, known as two of the most corrupt political places anywhere in our country, easily, cannot be responsible for engineering the outcome of a presidential race, a very important presidential race.
Trump wants to disenfranchise voters in Detroit and Philadelphia https://t.co/oSe8xImAJU
This feels a lot like saying the quiet part out loud.
8. He's considering taking the election to the courts.
We think we will win the election very easily. We think there's going to be a lot of litigation because we have so much evidence, so much proof. It's going to end up, perhaps at the highest court in the land, we'll see.
"It's going to end up, perhaps, at the highest court of the land" -- Trump is really gonna try and steal this elect… https://t.co/soKLIAqBIt