Trump and Biden both give late-night pep talks; Trump gets in trouble for his
Both US presidential candidates addressed the country late Tuesday night, but only one got pummeled for his message.
Fox News host Dana Perino, a former White House press secretary under George Bush, proclaimed that President Trump “went a step too far” by declaring victory in the presidential election last night. Her full quote was, “And to say, in a posture of ‘I’m convinced we’re going to win — I believe that these races are going to be called for me, and for us, and for our movement, just hang with me for another 24 hours instead’ — now what will the headlines all be tomorrow? What will everybody say? That he just went a step too far.”
With reporters and supporters gathered at the White House last night, the President stated it was “a major fraud on our nation” that he had not been declared the winner, adding: “As far as I’m concerned, we already have won this.”
Perino came to the defense of President Trump saying that he was worried “that all of a sudden you’re going to find a hundred thousand votes that just happen to be in some trash can behind a thing — I think that’s what he was talking about.” She seems to have been referring to voter fraud in her statement something that President Trump has been very concerned about this election.
Perino was not the only Fox News host to attack President Trump for declaring victory. Chris Wallace stated that “This is an extremely flammable situation and the president just threw a match into it. He hasn’t won the states, nobody is saying he’s won the states, the states haven’t said he’s won.”
Chris Wallace: "This is an extremely flammable situation and the president just threw a match into it. He hasn't won these states … the president doesn't get to say he won states … there's no question that all these states can continue to count votes." pic.twitter.com/iquygEE39Y
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 4, 2020
A myriad of other media outlets also condemned the President for calling the election in his favor. Even some conservatives thought it was premature. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted that it was “deeply irresponsible” for Trump to claim victory.
CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell proclaimed that Trump was “castrating the facts” by “falsely claiming that he has won the election and disenfranchising millions of voters whose ballots have not been counted.”
“Donald Trump is losing right now both in the popular vote and the electoral vote and there are many states left to be called,” ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos said.
Savannah Guthrie of NBC News said: “The fact of the matter is we don’t know who won the election.” She actually interrupted Trump’s speech to tell viewers that several of his statements were not true.
The Associated Press said that at the time of Trump’s statement its count had him losing 213 electoral votes to Democrat Joe Biden’s 225. The AP had determined it was too early to declare a winner in several states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Michigan.
Other conservatives were incensed that Joe Biden started claiming that he had won when there was obviously no path to victory for the Democrat left even if the vote is delayed. Mark Levine tweeted: “What the hell is Biden doing? PR stunt. Joe wants you all to believe he is the winner in waiting. Bizarre.”
What the hell is Biden doing? PR stunt. Joe wants you all to believe he is the winner in waiting. Bizarre
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 4, 2020
And Bo Snerdley also chimed in, “Joe Biden – he thinks he is “on track” to win – it ain’t over until every vote is counted – but we’re feeling good. This is poppycock.”
Joe Biden – he thinks he is "on track" to win – it ain't over until every vote is counted – but we're feeling good
This is poppycock
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) November 4, 2020
Biden had given a pep talk to supporters in Delaware, expressing confidence in his campaign and saying he wanted to see every vote counted.
“Keep the faith, guys, we’re going to win this,” he said.
President Trump responded with a tweet saying “we are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the election. We will never let them do it.”
There were many points of contention last night. Virginia was called very early by Fox News when Trump was far ahead in the state. It eventually was called for Joe Biden but only after a great deal of upset. Arizona was called early as well and the Trump campaign team is still angry over that issue.
Fox’s decision desk chief Arnon Mishkin said Trump would not be able to catch up to the Democrat’s lead in Arizona, adding: “I’m sorry, but we’re not wrong in this particular case.”
But even with these shenanigans in play, it looks to be a Trump victory. The only states in contention for the most part are Trump states at this point.