Shortly after midnight, President Donald Trump falsely announced the elections were over while in front of a handful of supporters in the White House.
“We were getting ready to win this election,” he said. “Frankly, we did win this election.”
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Leaving aside the irremediable fact that the Electoral College system in the country does not represent the majority of voices, the reality is that each of the states, plus Washington DC, has been assigned a number of votes that add up to 538.
A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win (50% plus one).
According to the updated figures at the time of this writing, Joe Biden has 238 electoral votes, and Donald Trump 213.
This is because the largest voter turnout in this election was through early voting — either absentee or mail-in — which totaled 90 million voters.
While some states began to count these ballots early, most are waiting for polling places to close on November 3 before starting.
In other words, by the time the president celebrated a false victory in the best Banana Republic style, the vote of millions of people in the country was still not counted.
In other words, the president does not care about the country’s voice, although there is no surprise there.
The best thing to do right now is to stay calm, check on our relatives, and wait for the results.
One thing is certain: this week’s real victory has been the massive turnout.
Figures reported by the AP and election observers have determined that the U.S. is on track to see some of the highest voter engagement since the early 1900s, The Guardian reported.
This implies a political awareness never before seen in the country’s modern history, with an unprecedented engagement of early voters and young voters, and with voter priorities that break with the establishment and declare that the United States of America will never be the same again.