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On Saturday, NBC, CNN, ABC, and The Associated Press all called the Presidential race for Joe Biden shortly before 11:30 a.m. Fox News then called the race for Biden a short while later after declaring him the winner in Pennsylvania and Nevada. Biden then addressed the nation from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night. Here’s what both sides are saying:
On the Left: The New York Times news team titled their declaration: “Biden Wins Presidency, Ending Four Tumultuous Years Under Trump.” Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns wrote that Biden promised “to restore political normalcy and a spirit of national unity to confront raging health and economic crises, and making Donald J. Trump a one-term president after four years of tumult in the White House.” They added: “Mr. Biden’s victory amounted to a repudiation of Mr. Trump by millions of voters exhausted with his divisive conduct and chaotic administration, and was delivered by an unlikely alliance of women, people of color, old and young voters and a sliver of disaffected Republicans. Mr. Trump is only the third elected president since World War II to lose re-election and the first in more than a quarter-century.” Grace Segers of CBS’ news team said, “President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris projected optimism and called for unity in dual speeches on Saturday night, signaling a significant change in tone from the grievance politics of the Trump era… Biden struck a familiar chord in his speech, calling for unity and implicitly rebuking the president for his divisive politics… Biden condemned the president without naming him, saying that he wanted to end ‘this grim era of demonization in America here and now.'” Maureen Dowd of the New York Times titled her opinion piece, “We Hereby Dump Trump” saying, “when it came to planning his post-election fight, Trump was an Apprentice.” In response to the President saying the election has been stolen, Dowd wrote this is “the same old tired Trump routine we’ve watched for four years, right through the pandemic failure: Beat your chest and bleat that you’re the king of the world. Then do nothing except screw up.” Ezra Klein of Vox claimed that “Trump is attempting a coup in plain sight.” Klein says although the “coup probably will not work” that “does not mean it is not happening, or that it will not have consequences.” Finally, CNN analyst Van Jones broke down on live television after hearing the news that Biden defeated Trump, as projected by the Associated Press. “It’s easier to be a parent this morning,” Jones said on camera as he struggled to hold back tears. “It’s easier to be a dad. It’s easier to tell your kids: ‘Character matters, it matters. Telling the truth matters. Being a good person matters.’”
On the Right: President Donald Trump released a statement that said: “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying too hard to help him: they don’t’ want the truth to be exposed… Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.” The president added: “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.” In a Fox News opinion piece, Jenna Ellis, one of Trump’s lawyers, outlined the Trump campaign’s next steps. She said they will be fighting to make sure, “Every legal vote must be counted accurately,” stressing that the “keyword is ‘legal.'” She said, “Both sides are permitted by law to observe the counting of ballots to ensure honesty and transparency” and that “legal challenges to unconstitutional processes and instances of irregularities and fraud must be resolved.” Ellis continues, saying: “Recounts must occur in states where a candidate leads by a razor-thin margin,” and concludes by telling readers to “remember the cautionary words of Yogi Berra: ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.'” The New York Post news team noted that “President Trump’s supporters are pointing to a small Michigan county as evidence that vote-counting software used in the state may undercut Trump’s number of votes.” Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said at a Friday press conference that “in Antrim County, ballots were counted for Democrats that were meant for Republicans, causing a 6,000 vote swing against our candidates. The county clerk came forward and said, ‘tabulating software glitched and caused a miscalculation of the votes.'” Cox said that “since then, we have now discovered that 47 counties used this same software in the same capacity,” or more than half of Michigan’s 83 counties.” The New York Post also devoted their cover to Joe Biden being declared the winner saying: “After 144 million votes, five days of counting, and squeaker wins in Rust Belt states, America finally gives her verdict: It’s Joe Time.” The Wall Street Journal editorial board added: “Mr. Trump hates to lose, and no doubt he will fight to the end. But if defeat comes, he will serve himself and his country best by honoring America’s democratic traditions and leaving office with dignity.”
Flag This: The closest comparison that can be made to what is likely about to happen next is the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. On election night, November 7, 2000, it was unclear who had won, with the electoral votes of the state of Florida still undecided. National television networks first called Florida for Gore in the hour after polls closed in the peninsula but roughly ten minutes before they closed in the heavily Republican counties of the panhandle, which is in Central time zone. Later on, the networks reversed their call, moving to “too close to call”, then later giving it to Bush. They then retracted that call as well, finally indicating the state was “too close to call”. Gore phoned Bush the night of the election to concede, then retracted his concession after learning how close the Florida count was. When all was said and done it took 35 days, “from the ballot boxes to Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore conceding the election — for voters to know who won the 2000 presidential election,” Joshua Bote writes for USA Today. The case ultimately did make its way to the US Supreme Court which “determined in a controversial 5-4 ruling that the Gore campaign had run out of time to propose any new recount plans due to the ‘safe harbor’ clause in the United States Code. That meant that the case ended Dec. 12, exactly five weeks after Election Day 2000. Michael W. Traugott, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Michigan, told USA TODAY that chances are slim of that happening this year because “it would have to depend on the viability of the lawsuits that the Trump campaign is filing.” Bote says, “So far, the Trump campaign has filed court actions in many of the swing states the nation has watched breathlessly in the past few days, including Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Those cases have been thrown out.” However, Traugott notes that, “it would only take one to engage the state and federal courts to push out the calendar.” Two states to watch will be Pennsylvania and Arizona, which was called first for Joe Biden by Fox News. With that said, the Trump campaign is confident they will be vindicated in the Grand Canyon state.