Trump followers and supporters across America watching the initial returns on election day must have been buoyed up with a false sense of euphoric optimism. It looked as if the incumbent surely would win, with the blue wall of Wisconsin, Michigan Ohio and Pennsylvania all GOP red on the map. The margins were so hugely in favor of the president, it seemed insurmountable for Biden to come from behind and convincingly win.
However, aside from Ohio, the red wall was a red mirage, with first Wisconsin, then Michigan, then Pennsylvania slowly turning blue as the record turnout of mail-in ballots poured into the Democrat’s count. The mail-ins were only counted after the in-person voting was done on the evening of November 2nd and in the days thereafter. This added to the confusion and delay arising from the extra work in states which were unfamiliar with handling large amounts of mail ballots. Delayed counting will no doubt be cause for review in future elections.
Meantime, a downcast Trump was seen ambling from the golf course to the White House just as all networks projected Biden as the winner of the election. Rumor has it that the recalcitrant Trump sulked and huffed and puffed, vowing never to concede. “We are going straight to the supreme court to prosecute our case,” he swore. Of course there is no evidence that the 2020 election was anything but clean, fair and acted according to the will of the American people.
Remains to be seen what the soon-to-be-ex president’s next steps will be. Stay tuned.