When Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania, several memes featuring Gritty, the official mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, were circulated in the social media – and Bill Russo, Deputy Communications Director of Biden’s campaign, joined in.
Gritty’s image has often been used as a meme by socialist, democratic socialist and antifa groups in the U.S. and is seen by many as the left’s answer to Pepe the Frog of the old right.
Biden’s recent leadership was supported by more than 31,000 newly counted votes in Philadelphia, the most populous city in the state.
At the time of writing, the former vice president had 49.4 percent (3,301,245) of the Pennsylvania vote, while Trump was just behind with 49.3 percent (3,292,378) of the vote, based on 95 percent of the expected votes counted.
Biden was reported to have 253 votes, while Trump was trailing Friday with 214 votes, according to data from the National Election Pool/Edison Research. The candidate who secures 270 votes wins the election.
I RECOGNIZE AN ORANGE PRESIDENT AND HIS NAME IS GLOOMY
– Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) November 6, 2020
Biden’s election would be assured if he wins Pennsylvania, which has 20 votes, bringing his total number of votes above 270.
Itâs Grittyâs world now. pic.twitter.com/dC9EV2iH9i
– John Van Citters (@jvancitters) November 6, 2020
Russo tweeted on Friday: “I’m just letting everyone know that there will be a lot of @GrittyNHL gifs on this account today and you just have to deal with them.
“My decision to install an @GrittyNHL shrine in our office during this campaign has been confirmed,” he wrote in another tweet.
My decision to install an @GrittyNHL shrine in our office during this campaign has been confirmed. https://t.co/W14ndYCHrZ
– Bill Russo (@BillR) November 6, 2020
stated Dave Temkin, Netflix vice president of Network and Systems in New York City, “Bring jt [it]home, @GrittyNHL”.
Bring jt home, @GrittyNHL pic.twitter.com/SP0CBDJ4A3
– Dave Temkin (@dtemkin) November 6, 2020
Parker Molloy, senior editor at Media Matters for America, wrote: “The New Cabinet”, along with a picture of several gritty mascots sitting around a conference table.
The New Cabinet pic.twitter.com/yukYpOGvYS
– Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 6, 2020
Oliver Willis, a senior writer for the American Independent, tweeted: “Bring pebbles to the White House @JoeBiden.
Bring gritty to the white house @JoeBiden pic.twitter.com/wi6dYBJdps
– Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 6, 2020
Approximately 89 to 95 percent of the votes in three other major combat zone states-Nevada, Arizona and North Carolina-were counted. According to Reuters, Biden is expected to lead in Nevada and Arizona on Friday, while Trump is leading in North Carolina.
Defense Secretary Gritty in her address to the nation in 2021 (AP) pic.twitter.com/IE4KvUKvXJ
– David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) November 6, 2020
At the time of writing, there are reportedly over 100,000 votes to be counted on the battlefield in a handful of key states. These include over 77,000 votes in North Carolina and nearly 44,000 votes in Arizona, according to data compiled by Edison Research for the New York Times.
The chart below, provided by Statista, illustrates how close the presidential races have been in the past.
This chart, also provided by Statista, illustrates the key issues that Americans voted on in the 2020 election.