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November 6, 2020
Donald Trump; gave a 15 minute speech, in which he said the 2020 presidential election was rigged and there were fraudulent votes counted for his opponent Joe Biden — Stephen Colbert was particularly emotional. He called Trump a “fascist” and was overwhelmed by emotion.
The networks (except Fox and CNN) cut away from Trump's speech. MSNBC moved fastest, with anchor Brian Williams cutting in just 35 seconds into Trump's remarks to fact-check. ABC News anchor David Muir broke in to correct the record after the president wrongly alleged illegal votes were being counted and that opponents were attempting to steal the election. The cable news network did not return to the president's comments in the White House pressroom.
Now that the voting is finished and we are just counting votes, I have started watching the news again and listening to Trump's attempts to steal the election is shocking. Today he made a statement --
He has made lots of accusations of criminal activity, but has offered zero evidence and nobody involved with the vote counts, or supervising the vote counts has one single bit of evidence that there is anything illegal going on. In Arizona, Trumpists tried to storm the vote counting building...what would they do if they managed to get in???
Watching how close the votes are (e.g. 50% vs. 48.6%, 49.4%-49.4%, 49.7% vs 48.1%) makes you realize that as you walk around your city (except perhaps in California, where the votes were 63% vs. 35%) that every other person you see thinks that racism, sexism, homophobia, lying, cheating, kidnapping, etc., etc is acceptable as long as your finances are ok.. That's very disturbing.
The most impressive person on TV since this all started is MSNBC's Steve Kornacki. Going 24-hour days seemingly without any sleep, Kornacki was a soothingly nerdy presence: identifying obscure but key counties in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (and explaining why their early vote totals might be misleading) and metaphorically holding the nation’s hand as it went through a collective nervous breakdown.
People were so clued into him that they started posting worried notes on Twitter about how many hours he had been broadcasting pretty much non-stop, until they finally took him off for a 2 hour nap an then back at the polls again.
Maybe by the time you are reading this, we will know who is the president.
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