An Exhausted Trump Fears Deep Fraud at Work [OPINION]
No matter the outcome, if you liked President Donald Trump, you cannot blame him if he loses. At 74, this guy worked his tail off and showed an energy, persistence and determination that Joe Biden could not have hoped to match, not even in 1990. Trump's own millennial staffers had trouble keeping up with his pace and schedule.
More likely, it was his will to not lose to the same cabal that booby-trapped his every move since becoming the nominee in 2016.
Last night was not a shock to me. Trump took all the states he was expected to take and put to rest concerns over Florida, Texas and Ohio. As a matter of fact, the only state I got wrong was Arizona. It was also the only state Biden flipped to blue from 2016, just as we all fell asleep in the deep morning of November 4.
Just as I told my family, friends and listeners, ignore the polls. We had every reason to expect a very good showing by Republicans last night and we got one. Eight seats gained in the House of Representatives (a 16-seat flip to red) and the Senate will remain with a Republican majority until Jan 2023.
This was anything but a blowout. When I fell asleep last night around 3 a.m., President Trump was in the lead in enough states to secure the electoral college. Pennsylvania (15.8 percent), Georgia (2.2 percent), North Carolina (1.4 percent), Michigan (2.4 percent) and Wisconsin (1 percent) all had Trump in the lead.
As the pundits, candidates, volunteers, and election officials all conceded that it would not be settled on November 3, or early on the 4th either, we woke up this morning to check for changes.
Wisconsin now has former Vice President Biden leading by 0.7 percent, Trump's lead in Michigan has shrunk to 0.5 percent, and his lead in Pennsylvania shaved off to 12.6 percent.
The mail-in ballots praised by former President Barack Obama, who came out of the woodwork for the first time in a long time to promote the virtues of them, show he seems to be a good salesman at least.
However, the ballots are wreaking the havoc and suspicion promised by the Republicans. Lawyers will swarm to these states and question every ballot being counted, where they were stored, how they were stored, etc.
This could be over by the end of tomorrow or settled in court weeks from now.
An exhausted President Trump came in front of the press last night I would assume after watching most of the developments on TV, staying on the phone with his operatives across the country and listening to his attorneys about legal options if fraud was suspected.
As is his custom, Trump was not shy about his grievance when he came to the podium and immediately shared his suspicions of the election results being tainted by Democratic operatives holding the millions of ballots yet to be counted.
Reports of all Trump observers being tossed out from polling stations in Philadelphia began circulating around noon yesterday. And Biden's campaign manager, Jen O'Malley Dillon, made an odd statement on Sunday, saying, “Under no scenario will Donald Trump be declared a victor on election night." Now, how the hell would she know that?
The process will play out. The results will be known – hopefully, sooner than later.
But we are talking about the Democrats here, people. These people rig their own primaries!
How many bags of ballots have been found in the dumpsters and woodlands across the nation already?
I am not prepared to accuse the elections of being stolen should Biden win. But I will say that it has been their modus operandi. The president, who is usually right in these kinds of things, probably should have tempered his views but I don't blame him, especially in the exhausted condition he was certainly in. I do not believe the Democrats have any right to be indignant over the insinuation.
From the Joe Kennedy, Sr. days in Illinois in 1960 to the 2016 DNC primary debates to these past 45 days of outrageous media blackout for matters that were relevant and devastating to the Biden campaign, it is clear: they cheat. Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are now making it worse, all favoring the more liberal Democratic Party. They cheat more than a cartoon villain. And like savoir-faire, they are literally everywhere.
But this time, they are up against a guy who doesn't accept losing at all, and he has an army of lawyers. He is also equipped with the wisdom we'd hope for in a leader, the wisdom to know to ignore the criticism and the foresight to install in the Supreme Court a majority of components who are ones that he can, at least, trust.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.