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.
Trump the kleptoparasite:
— 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
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) November 5, 2020
— Truthout (@truthout) November 5, 2020
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— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 5, 2020
— David Hogg Vote 🗳 (@davidhogg111) November 5, 2020
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) November 5, 2020
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) November 5, 2020
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) November 5, 2020