Bernie Sanders’ “word for word” election prediction last month has now been viewed over 24 million times and shared more than 300,000 times on Twitter, while Americans are eagerly awaiting the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon on October 23, the Vermont senator predicted exactly how the counting of postal ballots would proceed in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as President Donald Trump’s reaction to the results on election day night.
“Democrats are more likely to use postal ballots, Republicans are more likely to go to the polling booths on Election Day. It is likely that the first votes counted will be those that came in on election day,” Sanders said.
“It could well be that Trump wins in Michigan on election night at 10:00, he wins in Pennsylvania, he wins in Wisconsin, and he comes on television and says, ‘Thank you, Americans, for re-electing me. It’s all over, have a great day,” he continued. “But then the next day and the day after, all these ballots are counted and it turns out that Biden won those states.
The Twitter user @hannahhycho originally wrote a clip on Twitter: “I’m thinking about this video in which Bernie Sanders talks about mail-in votes. Later it was shared by the Twitter user @onikasgivenchy, who subtitled it: “Man… he called it word for word”.
man… he called it WORD for WORD. pic.twitter.com/9uBn1Sm8xa
– hector (@onikasgivenchy) November 4, 2020
The forecast for this week’s events is pretty much on track. Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia all had an early lead on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, but they still had thousands of ballots to count.
Trump announced early in his remarks to supporters on Wednesday morning that he had already won the election. The president claimed, “We will win it, and as far as I am concerned, we have already won it.
But when the states began counting the ballots, the gaps closed. On Wednesday afternoon, Wisconsin appointed former Vice President Joe Biden, replacing the state with just over 20,000 votes difference from its Republican status in the 2016 elections. Shortly after Trump’s remarks, Michigan began approaching Biden, with the President spreading a baseless conspiracy theory on Twitter that overnight more than 300,000 bogus ballots for Biden were added to the state’s ballot count.
“Last night I led in many key states, often solidly, in many cases the Democrats led, in almost all cases they ran and controlled,” Trump twittered. “Then, one by one, they magically began to disappear as surprise ballot boxes were counted. VERY BIG STRINGS, and the “pollsters” completely and historically misunderstood it!
In anticipation of several premature calls for victory by the President, Biden told his supporters on Tuesday: “It is neither my job nor that of Donald Trump to explain who won this election. He added that the decision was that of the American people, and he was “optimistic about this outcome.
As Sanders noted in his prediction, key states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin will be behind in specifying the number of votes cast for each candidate in the ballot-by-mail, which is largely Democratic, after Republican-led state legislatures successfully oppose changes to laws that allow ballots to be processed before 7 a.m. on election day. The unprecedented number of ballots mailed in this election due to the coronavirus pandemic and Pennsylvania’s ability to accept ballots received by Friday after Election Day have delayed results in several states.
“I suspect that in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and others, you will have a situation where they will receive huge amounts of postal ballots,” Sanders told Fallon.
“They will not be able to process these ballots until election day, or perhaps until the end of the election period, for bad reasons. This means that there will be states that may process millions of postal ballots.
On Wednesday, the Trump campaign stated that it had filed lawsuits to stop the counting of ballots in Michigan – where Biden currently leads with nearly 40,000 votes – and in Pennsylvania to monitor the counting process in those states. Shortly after