US election: Caller worries over prospect of 'civil war'

4 November 2020, 14:59 | Updated: 6 November 2020, 01:59

By Sam Sholli

This is the moment a caller told LBC of his "worry that there might be a civil war coming" in the US as the country's presidential race nears its end.

The exchange between Alan from West Hampstead and LBC's Shelagh Fogarty comes as the race for the White House between Donald Trump and Joe Biden continues.

In a speech late on Thursday, the president made a series of unsubstantiated allegations to claim he is being cheated out of re-election as his Democratic opponent appealed for calm and patience.

The Republican incumbent alleged he was the victim of interference from "phony polls" as well as "big media, big money and big tech" after launching battles to stay in office.

In an extraordinary White House press conference, the president said: "If you count the legal votes I easily won. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us."

The presidential election remains too close to call after polls closed on Tuesday, but former vice-president Mr Biden remains the favourite after winning three key battleground states.

Pennsylvania was expecting to announce its result by the end of the day. If it goes to Mr Biden, so would the White House.

Caller Alan told LBC: "I've been praying for a Biden victory. I mean I'm quite an old man now...and I remember some of the great presidents that we've had in the past who were more into consensual politics.

"What we're looking at now is very polarised politics, not just in the USA. We're seeing it in our own country here.

"We're seeing it in a lot of places in the world and I think it's quite dangerous."

Alan added: "What went through my mind, when I was looking at the results coming in and looking at how close the polling had been, was my worry that there might be a civil war coming."

He went on to predict: "Whichever side loses this, there's going to be huge anger."