CNN is now framing a narrative that Biden’s victory is inevitable, with “gap-closing” in several states perhaps to be resolved by tomorrow because of trending in PA and GA.
Trump did an unhinged “press conference” at 645pm ET that essentially repeated the main themes of grievance and paranoia that will guide his post-presidency grifting and lawfare.
I've watched or read the transcript of every Trump speech since late 2016. I've cataloged thousands and thousands of his false claims.I have never seen him lie more thoroughly and more egregiously than he did on Thursday evening at the White House.On the verge of what appeared to be a likely defeat by former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump emerged in the press briefing room and took a blowtorch to the presidential tradition of defending the legitimacy of the democratic process.
Aside from some valid criticism of errors by pollsters, some legitimate boasting about his performance with various demographic groups and some legitimate boasting about Republicans' down-ballot performance, almost everything Trump said was not true.Here's a rundown:
Election theft?Trump alleged that unnamed opponents of his are “trying to steal an election” and “trying to rig an election.”Facts First: This is entirely baseless. This election is legitimate. Trump's opponents are not trying to steal it. Election officials are simply counting legally cast votes.
Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and GeorgiaTrump claimed that he “won” the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia, citing his substantial early leads in the vote counts there.Facts First: This is false. Holding a lead before all of the votes are counted is, obviously, not the same as having won — and Trump has lost Wisconsin and Michigan, according to CNN projections. At the time of his speech, he was also in trouble in Pennsylvania as votes from Democratic-leaning areas were counted, and his margin in Georgia was shrinking fast as the count continued.x
Trump's speech tonight was the most dishonest of his entire presidency.
Trump the kleptoparasite:
It is necessary to remove, and arrest, the president of the United States. Tonight.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 6, 2020
New: Tonight I spoke with a Republican national pollster w/experience in PA+GA+NC+AZ+NV: “Team Biden is right that they will get to 270,” pollster said. @cbsnews
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) November 6, 2020
There will be some bloodletting. Did some Cabinet members get orders that they in conscience could not follow.
— On Assignment with Richard Engel (@OARichardEngel) November 5, 2020
Steve Bannon: “I'd put the heads [of Wray and Fauci] on pikes, right, I'd put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you're gone!” https://t.co/fGXSPRC4kM
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) November 5, 2020
The Justice Department has told federal prosecutors that U.S. law permits armed federal agents to enter ballot-counting locations to investigate alleged “fraud.” https://t.co/tP0cnFJE3r
— Truthout (@truthout) November 5, 2020
Don Jr. has moved on to calling for GOP legislators to explicitly overturn the will of the people. pic.twitter.com/Ur4xPM4rKV
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) November 5, 2020
So the “stop the steal” demonstration in Harrisburg has devolved into… a MAGA karaoke session with a a couple dozen people. The song: “First Date With An AK” pic.twitter.com/JHXRA5A1YD
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) November 5, 2020
An Alabama police captain says he was referring to people who commit treason, not “liberal democrats,” when he posted on social media that people who voted for Biden “need to line up” and have a “bullet in their skull for treason.” #alleg https://t.co/3eiCs7I86Z
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 5, 2020
— David Hogg Vote 🗳 (@davidhogg111) November 5, 2020
An abject defeat for Donald Trump would have cast a shadow over populist nationalists outside America. Instead, they will conclude that their brand of politics has a brighter future https://t.co/R6eCzxhgfP
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) November 5, 2020
British people explaining American politics. 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/sqplh6cSOh
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) November 5, 2020
📺 New @heathergtv Video
Trumpworld is attempting a coup. Good thing they are as dumb as they are evil. pic.twitter.com/wThkh3bkwF
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) November 5, 2020