How “Veep” predicted the election chaos of 2020 and how “Count the Votes” protests

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In a case where life imitates art, an episode of Veep predicted some of the chaos of the 2020 election, especially the protesters at the counting centers.

A number of Twitter users have pointed out that an episode of the satirical political comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus directly reflects what is happening in the news right now as the election results are hanging in the balance.

The episode in question is from the fifth season of the series and was first broadcast in 2016.

The episode, titled “Nev-AD-a,” follows campaign workers in Carson City, Nevada, in the hope that a recount will be broadcast nationwide in an effort to win Louis-Dreyfus’ character Selina as president.

The fictitious presidential candidate has won the popular vote but needs the votes of Nevada’s voters and therefore demands a recount in the belief that it will help her win the election.

The next two episodes follow protesters, who were put together by Selina’s team and chant “Count each vote” or “Stop the vote count,” depending on the latest information and what will help her campaign at this time.

When Selina finds out that absent military ballots are ruining her chances of winning, she orders her team to stop the recount: “They’ll stop this recount like Anne Frank’s bat mitzvah,” she shouts, “I’m tired of losing things!

Back in the real world in 2020, Trump supporters in Arizona are chanting “count the votes” while in Michigan they are demanding “stop the count.

The uncanny similarities between the TV show and the real election coverage that is happening before our eyes has sparked a conversation on Twitter as people try to understand how a silly political satire has become real life.

One of these people is the veep show runner David Mandel, who tweeted: “Life imitates art and then beats the s*** out of it with a crowbar. #veep.”

He also joked: “And yet we have never won a Golden Globe.”

And yet we never won a Golden Globe. #veep https://t.co/ZIImuHeZOD

– David Mandel (@DavidHMandel) November 5, 2020

The Veep itself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, also responded to a fan tweet about the episode.

Really. https://t.co/TjTRWmStha

– Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@Official JLD) November 5, 2020

Another person tweeted clips from the Pro Trump protests: “This is a veep episode. Just like there was a veep episode where a campaign did just that”.

This is a veep episode. Just as there was a veep episode in which a campaign did just that https://t.co/1ywz3qAjod

– Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) November 5, 2020

Meanwhile, New York Magazine columnist Josh Barro tweeted: “It’s like the plot of Veep, where they try to get a recount in Nevada, and then they realize right at the beginning of the trial that a recount will be bad for them, so they start arguing against the recount.

It’s like the intrigue on Veep where they try to get a recount in Nevada, and then they realize right at the beginning of the trial that a recount will be bad for them, so they start arguing against the recount. https://t.co/yksrKGb5PQ

– Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 5, 2020

Another person observed: “Reality and the Veep venn diagram are now one.

The reality and the venn diagram are now one. https://t.co/t6Dx6uSRKx

– Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) November 5, 2020.

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