The crucial difference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, compared to past elections, is that people did not know the results on election night. Vote counting suddenly stopped in several key states where Trump was leading.
When people woke up in the morning, situations changed dramatically in favor of Biden. The legal teams for both campaigns are taking the fight to the courts.
The 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania are very important for both camps. Trump had amazing momentum after the polls closed on election day. At half-past midnight on November 4, Trump led Biden by a 57.0 percent to 41.8 percent advantage with 64 percent of the votes counted.
Fourteen hours later, however, the tracking system remained at 64 percent while Trump’s lead had shrunk to 53.4 percent and then 45.5 percent. As time passed, Trump’s lead continued to shrink, but the overall vote counting progress never advanced.
The “Rust Belt” state of Michigan also experienced something improbable. According to the election data graph, nearly 140,000 votes showed up in the middle of the night; all of them were votes for Biden.
Federalist co-founder Sean Davis noticed this anomaly and tweeted: “So while everyone was asleep and after everyone went home, Democrats in Michigan magically found a trove of 138,339 votes, and all 138,339 of those ‘votes’ magically went to Biden? That doesn’t look suspicious at all.”
Although it was later reported that number was a typo, it was unclear at press time whether the vote tallies had been corrected. A similar situation happened to Republican Senate candidate John James.
He was leading 55 percent to 42 percent when the vote counting was halted at 60 percent. That lead evaporated the next morning. Trump tweeted: “Wow! It looks like Michigan has now found the ballots necessary to keep a wonderful young man, John James, out of the U.S. Senate. What a terrible thing is happening!”
On November 4, AmGreatness.com editor and publisher Chris Buskirk tweeted: “Multiple reports that sharpies used are invalidating ballots. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes specifically authorized their use.
My precinct only had sharpies. As of now there is no record of my ballot being counted on Recorder website. Same for others.”
In addition to the three states mentioned above, vote counting in North Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin was also suspended on election night. Five out of these six states have Democrat governors.
After the vote count stopped abruptly on election night, President Trump delivered a remark at the White House saying that, for all practical purposes, he had won the 2020 presidential election.
He condemned Democrats’ delay tactics to postpone the results: “All of a sudden everything just stopped. This is a fraud on the American public… This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.”
Vice President Pence followed: “I really believe with all my heart…We are on the road to victory and we will make America great again.”
On the day after the election, President Trump’s tweets were censored by Twitter and Facebook. One of Trump’s censored tweets stated: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”
Before users could unhide Trump’s tweets, they encountered warnings that the content was “disputed” and “misleading.”
While the outcome of the presidency was uncertain, the Senate and the House remained the Republican and Democrat hands respectively. Republicans gained 4 seats in the House, but did not regain the majority.
As of press time, both the Trump and Biden campaigns have assembled their legal teams to litigate the results in court. A “Lawyers for Trump” coalition was formed to “protect the fairness and integrity of the election,” according to its website.
The coalition had been warning for months that “Democrats are trying to use coronavirus and the courts to legalize ballot harvesting, implement a nationwide mail-in ballot system, and eliminate nearly every safeguard in our elections.”