Donald Trump looks increasingly likely to lose the US presidential election to challenger Joe Biden, with the Democrat just six Electoral College votes shy of the 270 he needs to claim victory and four states still to declare their results.
The president moved quickly on Wednesday morning to cry “fraud”, baselessly alleging election interference without citing evidence and threatening legal action, even calling on the US Supreme Court to intervene and stop the count.
He has subsequently tweeted conspiratorially about “secretly dumped ballots” — and been censored by Twitter for doing so — and dispatched his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to the pivotal battleground state of Pennsylvania in an attempt to halt the tabulation of votes.
His supporters have meanwhile picketed a ballot-processing facility in Maricopa County, Arizona, echoing the president’s unsubstantiated warnings that the election is being “stolen” by Democrats.
But perhaps the most extraordinary effort to turn the tide back in Mr Trump’s favour has come in Orlando, Florida, where the president’s spiritual adviser, Paula White, led a marathon prayer service at the New Christian Destiny Centre, calling on the almighty for divine intervention in the presidential race.
In a video widely circulated on social media by Right Wing Watch, the “prosperity gospel” pastor can be seen denouncing the “demonic confederacies” working against Mr Trump and declaring that “angels from Africa, from South America” are coming to his aid.
Paula White battles the "demonic confederacies" that are attempting to steal the election from Trump. pic.twitter.com/Bt3BJOkJIV— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 5, 2020
“For every enemy that is aligned against you, let there be, that we would strike the ground,” Ms White intones from the megachurch pulpit.
“You will give us victory. I hear a sound of abundance of rain. I hear a sound of victory. I hear a sound of shouting and singing. I hear a sound of victory. I hear a sound of abundance of rain. I hear a sound of victory. I hear a sound of abundance of rain. I hear a sound of victory.”
She continues: “The Lord says it is done. The Lord says it is done. The Lord says it is done. For I hear victory, victory, victory, victory. In the corners of heaven. In the corners of heaven. Victory, victory, victory, victory, victory, victory.”
Breaking off and apparently speaking in tongues, the evangelist then resumed her prayer in English: “For angels have even dispatched from Africa right now, Africa right now, Africa right now. From Africa right now.
“They’re coming here. They’re coming here. In the name of Jesus. From South America, they’re coming here, they’re coming here, they’re coming here, they’re coming here, they’re coming here.
I don’t think President Trump’s Washington needs abundance of rain but the raging fires in California and Portland do.….And angels from Africa? What happened to the ones in America?