President Donald Trump isn’t taking his 2020 election loss very well — to put it lightly. Early this Saturday, major media outlets called the presidential race for Joe Biden after the Democratic ticket’s victory in Pennsylvania became clear, which put Biden and Kamala Harris over the top of 270 electoral votes and handed them the White House. As the afternoon went on, the American people got a look at Trump’s thoughts that was definitely a bit… unfiltered. He posted an unhinged and lie-riddled all-caps Twitter tirade that made him sound like he had totally melted down and was screaming at the top of his lungs.
Incredibly, amidst his post-Biden victory meltdown, Trump claimed that he himself had won the election. This claim is false — it is a fictional creation of Trump’s self-obsession. Donald did not win the election, and there is no volume at which he could shout that would change this fact. The electoral processes that have placed Biden and Harris on the path to the White House are not a game show in which Donald can shout loud enough to get what he wants. Appropriately handling these electoral processes requires a level of stable attachment to reality that Donald Trump just does not have.
Trump’s post-Biden victory tweets came after he returned to the White House from a golfing trip and passed big crowds that had gathered in the area to celebrate his loss. On Saturday afternoon, Trump deceptively scream-tweeted as follows:
‘THE OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE COUNTING ROOMS. I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES. BAD THINGS HAPPENED WHICH OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE. NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WERE SENT TO PEOPLE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR THEM!’
As really isn’t surprising at this point, Trump is lying. He did not win the election, and Republican ballot-counting observers were not systematically excluded from watching the ballot-tabulation process, no matter his claims otherwise. “BAD THINGS,” as the president means it, did not happen — the president’s claim otherwise is a delusion. At this point, Trump might as well be claiming that his name is Chuck E. Cheese. He’s that disconnected from facts.
In the immediate aftermath of the call for Biden, the Trump campaign released a (possibly pre-prepared) statement on Trump’s behalf in which he insisted that legal action over the election results would continue. The Trump campaign has yet to secure major legal victories. As it turns out — and as any levelheaded legal observer would have been able to make clear prior to the current debacle — legal claims need tangible evidence in order to prevail. Trump lacks meaningful evidence. There is no conspiracy here. Vote tallies have been changing against Trump’s favor because… valid votes have been getting counted.
Check out Twitter’s response below: