[It’s all coming so fast, I’m just going to keep updating this until something gets declared, officially — TG]
Quick state of play:
NYTimes: Handsome Joe Biden just took the lead over Prznint Stupid in Pennsylvania.
And Hair Füror says he will not concede… because REASONS!
Our Pals at Electoral-Vote give us the reasons:
The good news for Trump is that the echo chamber is working at peak efficiency. That is to say, the conspiracy theories—sometimes invented by the President, but more commonly just repeated and amplified by him—are running rampant. Here’s a rundown of the main ones:
- Conspiracy Theory: Voters who used Sharpie pens to mark their ballots in Maricopa County will have their ballots thrown out.
- The Truth: This is based on a video posted by an unknown woman to Twitter, in which she tried to use a ball-point pen for her ballot, and was encouraged by poll workers to switch to Sharpie. The video has now been viewed millions of times. She, and others, interpreted this as an attempt by poll workers to ruin her ballot, since Sharpies are, of course, Donald Trump’s favored writing implement. In truth, Sharpie ballots are less likely to be invalidated or miscounted because the ink is less likely to smear. That is why the use of Sharpies is encouraged by poll workers. (See here for a full debunking.)
- Conspiracy Theory: In Fairfax County, VA, 100,000 ballots were switched from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
- The Truth: There was an error on an elections spreadsheet, quickly caught and corrected, that awarded 100,000 nonexistent votes to Biden. Oh, and Biden is leading in Virginia by more than 400,000 votes anyhow. (See herefor a full debunking.)
- Conspiracy Theory: A man pulled a wagon containing a box into a vote-counting center in Detroit on Wednesday. Clearly the box was full of fraudulent ballots.
- The Truth: It was a journalist hauling his camera equipment. Photographs of the wagon and camera case make clear this is the truth. (See here for a full debunking.)
- Conspiracy Theory: Windows at a vote-counting center in Detroit were covered with cardboard to obscure the nefarious goings-on inside.
- The Truth: There were pro-Trump protesters outside, many of them taking pictures with cameras and cell phones. The cardboard was put up to prevent information from leaking prematurely. (See here for a full debunking.)
- Conspiracy Theory: Michigan is accepting ballots cast in the names of people long dead, most obviously a ballot cast by William Bradley, born in 1902.
- The Truth: Michigan has an automated computer system that matches mail-in ballots with registered voters to prevent multiple votes. Occasionally, if the voter has a somewhat common name, it matches the ballot to the wrong person. (See here for a full debunking.)
- Conspiracy Theory: The number of votes cast in many swing states, notably Wisconsin, exceeds the population of registered voters in those states.
- The Truth: This is an outright falsehood. The state has a little over 3.6 million registered voters, and has reported about 3.24 million votes. (See here for a full debunking.)
- Conspiracy Theory: Wisconsin “discovered” 100,000 overwhelmingly Democratic ballots at 4:00 a.m. on election night; the ballots are clearly fake.
- The Truth: This comes from the fact that Joe Biden’s vote totals in the state jumped noticeably around that time. That was not due to fraud, however, but instead to Milwaukee County reporting its absentee ballot counts. (See here for a full debunking.)
- Conspiracy Theory: 9.7 million votes for Donald Trump in the state of California have gone missing.
- The Truth: Another outright falsehood, with absolutely no evidence supporting it. Note that 4,483,810 Californians voted for Trump in 2016, and the state has already reported 4,194,016 votes for the President, so for the claim to be true, he would need to—at minimum—to increase his support in one of the bluest states in the country by 309%. (See here for a full debunking.)
In short, the President, his family, and his supporters in the media are doing an excellent job of persuading the base that something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
This is about as official as it gets: The FAA has declared the air space over Joe Biden’s home a no-fly zone.
And the Villagers ponder the obvious questions:
Senatorette Lindsey Graham has plans for next term:
Junkie Limbaugh (Not confirmed this is true, but I like the meme):
the long arm of the law?
Sinclair Lewis is proven correct again: