Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney tells Trump to ‘put his big boy pants on’ and concede

Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney

Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney has told Donald Trump that he needs to "put his big boy pants on" and accept election defeat after the president once again pushed unfounded claims of voter fraud.

During a news conference on Friday when asked to respond to the president's statement regarding the election Kenney said: "I think what the president needs to do is frankly put his big boy pants on,”

"He needs to acknowledge the fact that he lost and he needs to congratulate the winner just as Jimmy Carter did, just as George Bush did and frankly just as Al Gore did and let us move forward as a country. That's my feeling, I doubt he'll listen to me but that's it."

The comments came as Philadelphia city officials discussed ongoing election operations and gave an update on the latest results inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The state's final election count for the state has not yet been announced due to delays in vote counting as a result of surge in mail-in ballots amidst the coronavirus pandemic. However, predictions suggest that Biden will win Pennsylvania and get the 270 needed to win the presidency.

Joe Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state, over Mr Trump by more than 6,700 votes on Friday morning after trailing the president since Election Day.

Kenney added: "While some, including the President, continue to spew baseless claims of fraud — claims for which his team has not produced one iota of evidence — what we have seen here in Philadelphia is democracy, pure and simple."

The president targeted Philadelphia in particular in a tweet on Friday morning, using a quote which he attributed to Fox Business’s Stuart Varney to say it has a “rotten history on elections”

Meanwhile, Biden addressed the public late on Friday from his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, saying: "My fellow Americans, we don't have a final declaration of victory yet, but the numbers tell us a clear and convincing story. We're going to win this race."

Pennsylvania has historically voted Democrat from 1992 until the last election, when Donald Trump overtook Hilary Clinton.