Eight days after The Associated Press called the election in Joe Biden’s favor, President Donald Trump made his first public acknowledgment Sunday of the former vice president’s election win. Granted, it came in the form of a tweet making unfounded claims of election fraud, but it’s a step in the right direction for a president so engulfed in his own alternate reality he doesn’t realize he’s been effectively fired. Biden leads with 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, and 78.66 million popular votes to Trump’s 72.93 million, and as I type these words #deactivateTrump is trending on Twitter, another signal of the public’s fatigue with the president’s lies.
One of his latest: “He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!” What I love about Twitter is that users apparently filtered through the nonsense themselves because soon after Trump hit tweet, simply #hewon was trending.
He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted: “Everything after ‘He won’ is a lie. But those first two words are accurate!” Writer Frederick Joseph tweeted: “He had me at ‘He won…’” And in answering screenwriter and former Republican David Weissman’s question asking why Trump even wants a job he doesn’t do, blogger Jeff Shuey summarized the exiting president’s time in office. “He never wanted the job. He just wanted the perks. He’s golfed over 300 days. #TrumpConceded by failing … again. He is a failed @potus He is a failed human,” Shuey tweeted.
Trump conceded to Biden.
This is the morning he finally surrendered in defeat, via tweet, of course. He admitted he lost the election with two ostensibly simple words:
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) November 15, 2020
Fox News commentator Jesse Watters, of the show “Watters World,” obviously begs to differ as evidenced in video Trump included with his perceived concession tweet. Apparently missing the part when Trump led us into a pandemic leading to more than 245,400 deaths, Watters said something “just doesn’t feel right” about Biden being president. “Joe Biden didn’t earn it. He didn’t really even campaign. He thought he was going to lose. You could see it. He ran a losing campaign. So 10 days after the election, how’s he ahead,” Watters asked.
Let me say it again for the people with the cheap seats: Trump led us into a pandemic leading to more than 245,400 deaths. The racist-in-chief can claim as many times as he wants that a brief election results error in one Michigan county somehow equated to millions of faulty ballots, but the simple truth is that Dominion Voting Systems, the election tech company linked to the error, didn’t trigger school closings throughout the country or send wide swaths of the American population into quarantine. The president’s mismanagement of the coronavirus did.
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