This will be one of the strangest election nights in American history. COVID-19 has resulted in massive amounts of early and absentee voting. Because of this, it will be nearly impossible for cable news networks to call a winner on Tuesday night.
Donald Trump could be looking to take advantage of this. Because of early voting, he may end election night in the leads where absentee ballots have yet to be counted. Axios reported on Sunday that Trump could attempt to call victory prematurely in these states. Speaking to reporters last night, Trump said these claims are false.
Jonathan Swan wrote on Sunday, “President Trump has told confidants he’ll declare victory on Tuesday night if it looks like he’s ahead.”
Trump says @axios report that he's discussed claiming victory on elex night before rest of votes are in is "a false report." But adds: "We're gonna go in, the night of, as soon as that election's over, we're going in with our lawyers." Mentions PA, NV & "other states"
— Meredith Lee (@meredithllee) November 1, 2020
Trump was asked about this report after his Sunday night rally. “That was a false report,” he replied. “We’ll look at what happens. I think so, it’s a terrible thing when ballots can be collected after an election. I think it’s a terrible thing when states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over, because it can only lead to one thing, and that’s very bad.”
The president then railed against both the Supreme Court and voters. “I don’t think it’s fair that we have to wait a long period of time after the election,” he said. “If people wanted to get their ballots in, they should have gotten their ballots in long before that, long time. They don’t have to put their ballots in the same day. They could’ve put their ballots in a month ago. We think it’s a ridiculous decision.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.