As President Donald Trump continues to face accusations that he may not accept a loss in the presidential race, a new report suggests Joe Biden will be looking to declare victory early and begin staffing immediately.
Biden will be addressing the nation as “its new leader,” depending on if media organizations are predicting him to be the winner.
This comes a day after Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Mason told reporters that the Biden camp will not pay attention to what Trump says and even suggested the president could “declare victory in an unfounded way.”
“We’re not really concerned what Donald Trump says on election night because what he says might have nothing to do with the reality of it,” she said. “We’re not going to get distracted nor influenced by it.”
Media projections are not always decisive: in the highly-contested 2000 presidential election, many initially suggested Al Gore was victorious over George W. Bush, but the Republican nonetheless claimed victory while the Democrat hesitated.
The suggestion of Biden addressing the nation on election night as president-elect based on media reports has set off conservative critics who see a double standard in media coverage of Trump’s willingness to accept results versus Biden’s.
“Because CNN should determine the Presidency? Solid liberal logic here,” Trump-supporting actor James Woods’ tweeted in response to Axios’ report. “Ah ok so declaring victory prematurely is good now,” Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams wrote.
President Trump has said on multiple occasions he thinks it’s “terrible” for ballots to be tabulated long after election day, and he would like a result on the same night.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.