Philadelphia police said that they were armed with guns. They allegedly drove into the city in a Hummer from out of state, from somewhere “down South.” Police did not say what their intentions were.
The FBI has taken over the investigation.
One of the men might not have had a permit to carry a firearm, and they allegedly gave police information about another vehicle nearby. It was unoccupied, but had long guns in it.
On Wednesday, Trump was leading Biden by hundreds of thousands of votes in Pennsylvania. Just before midnight Thursday, the president’s lead shrank to around 24,000.
The election could hinge on the outcome there, with 20 Electoral College votes at stake.
The Trump campaign has filed at least five lawsuits in Pennsylvania as of Thursday in connection with disputed ballots and deadlines. And during a news conference Thursday afternoon, he questioned the validity of the remaining uncounted ballots in several cities in particular, including Philadelphia.
Election Assistance Commission Chairman Ben Hovland, a Trump appointee, called the statements from the president’s appearance “harmful to our democracy.”
“I think the processing we are seeing is normal,” he said. “The reason some of this is taking a while is the security measures that are in place to prevent fraud and protect the integrity of the vote.”