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The suggestion of Biden addressing the nation on election night as president-elect based on media reports has set off conservative critics who see a double standard in media coverage of Trump’s willingness to accept results versus Biden’s.
“Because CNN should determine the Presidency? Solid liberal logic here,” Trump-supporting actor James Woods’ tweeted in response to Axios’ report.
“Ah ok so declaring victory prematurely is good now,” Washington Times’ Becket Adams wrote.
Remember when the media were hyperventilating over the idea Trump would do this? https://t.co/OGvcJCsfWp
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) November 3, 2020
Didn't the media spend the last two months hyperventilating about the possibility that Trump would do this if the numbers looked good for him on night #1? https://t.co/h1bAUMZIE6
— Archer (42.10% Adorable) (@ArcherMint) November 3, 2020
It clearly states in the Constitution that mainstream media determines the winner of presidential elections. https://t.co/0r3m0V9ubI
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) November 3, 2020
I'm old enough to remember before it was news organizations that determined the winners of elections. https://t.co/1blRF5ixg1
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) November 3, 2020
Some of you might not remember that networks called the race for Al Gore. https://t.co/jf3WgxiQqz
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) November 3, 2020
President Trump has said on multiple occasions he thinks it’s “terrible” for ballots to be tabulated long after election day, and he would like a result on the same night.
“I think it’s a terrible thing when people or states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over,” he said. “I think it’s terrible when we can’t know the results of an election the night of the election in a modern-day age of computers.”
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