Americans can’t help noticing the haste with which states are being called for former vice president Joe Biden, even when hundreds of thousands of votes are still being counted, while states that President Donald Trump likely won languish.
Democratic operatives at the Fox News “Decision Desk” and the Associated Press audaciously called the state of Arizona for Biden Wednesday with over one million ballots left to count, so they could create a mirage that he had won the election. They summarily dismissed Trump’s leads in Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina as irrelevant.
On Wednesday afternoon, officials said that there were still 600,000 votes to count, casting doubt on early calls that put the state in Biden’s column.
As the media padded Biden’s electoral vote lead with prematurely called states, they quickly spun their new narrative: he was on the cusp of winning 270 electoral votes. Stories were accompanied by triumphant-looking photos of Biden flashing his pearly whites.
Late Wednesday evening the Biden-Harris transition team website launched online to reinforce the narrative to voters that the election was over, boasting the bizarre campaign slogan “Build Back Better.”
The website disingenuously proclaimed: “The American people will determine who will serve as the next President of the United States. Votes are still being counted in several states around the country. The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice — and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One.”
Late Wednesday evening MSNBC host Rachel Maddow groaned “Oh God” as election aficionado Steve Kornacki explained that Trump won 59% of the latest batch of votes counted in Maricopa County. Biden’s lead over Trump had shrunk from about 52% to 47% after roughly 76,000 more ballots were counted with 362,000 ballots left to process.
As Thursday morning dawned, reports emerged that more than 200,000 votes were still left to count. CNN analysts pored over the last batch of vote tallies which Trump won by an 18-point margin and anchor Chris Cuomo gloomily concluded: “If the president continues to perform the way he is right now with each batch, he would meet and beat Biden’s lead.” If this margin holds, some analysts predict Trump could win the state by 15,000 votes.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany enraged Democrats Wednesday after tweeting that Trump won Pennsylvania. She told Fox News the president will win by at least 40,000 votes, even with a “conservative estimate” of the numbers, adding that Trump will win in Arizona “by about 30,000 votes.”
If Trump maintains his lead in Georgia and North Carolina while overtaking Biden in Arizona and holding Pennsylvania, he will hit 280 electoral votes, sending Biden back to the basement permanently.