President Donald Trump demanded that the major television stations be called in for alleged manipulation of the results of the 2020 presidential elections.
“Fox News, Quinnipiac University Poll, ABC/WaPo, NBC/WSJ were so inaccurate with their polls about me that it really is election rigging,” Trump twittered on Monday night. “They were so far off in their polls and in their attempt to suppress that they should be called on to influence the election.
The tweet went on: “The worst elections ever, and then they will come back in four years to do it again. This is much more than the repression of voters and campaign financing!”
Although the total number of votes is not yet official and Trump has not yet given in, Associated Press, along with major television stations, called for the election of Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Saturday, after he is expected to win Pennsylvania. With the state’s 20 voters, Biden exceeded the 270 votes needed to secure the White House.
Since the election was called in Biden’s favor, the president has targeted key media networks, claiming they made an unfair choice.
In a tweet on Sunday, Trump said: “Since when does Lamestream Media say who our President will be? We all learned a lot in the last two weeks!”
The President’s tweet took up similar comments from Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
“The media is desperately trying to get everyone to crown Joe Biden as the next president,” Cruz said at a Fox News appearance on Sunday. “But it doesn’t work that way, the media can’t elect our president, the American people can elect our president.
The media calls the race based on exit polls and historical data from each state. In particular, the Associated Press reported that the use of information collected from its VoteCast database to confirm trends within a state, i.e., if the exit polls show a strong republican bias in a state that is historically republican, then the AP will call that state when the polls are complete.
The election campaign is official when the state secretaries publish a final count. The winner of the election is consolidated on December 14 when the electoral college meets and votes for one of the two presidential candidates.
Trump hinted on Saturday that he would not cede the election to Biden and threatened, according to the Associated Press, “unspecified legal challenges.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that it was too early for a concession from President Donald Trump, a conviction Cruz echoed in a separate interview that day.
The Trump campaign has filed several complaints since election day, many of which concern allegations of potential voter fraud and oppression. However, a Federal Elections Commission (FEC) official told CNN on Saturday that there is “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud in the country.
“Very few substantiated complaints, let me put it this way,” said Ellen Weintraub, the FEC commissioner. “There is no evidence of any kind of election fraud. There is no evidence of illegal voting,” said Ellen Weintraub, the FEC representative.
The Republican National Committee announced on Friday that it had deployed “Legal Challenge Teams” in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the New York Times reported.
Both the Trump campaign and the Republican Party also filed lawsuits to try to stop the counting of ballots. However, the lawsuits failed to gain traction in court – many of the lawsuits appeared to lack substantial evidence of wrongdoing and were dismissed by the judges.