Most major news media outlets have been quick to declare Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of this year’s presidential race, despite the fact that votes are still being counted — and President Donald Trump has alleged voter fraud took place — in some key states.
For his part, the former vice president has embraced this narrative and held press conferences in front of a backdrop that reads “Office of the President Elect.” But as Breitbart’s Alana Mastrangelo revealed in a report Tuesday, Biden was caught months ago pledging “not to declare victory until the election is independently certified” — and that, Mastrangelo says, hasn’t happened yet.
It seems the former VP is singing a different tune now that the mainstream media has decided he’s the winner. But President Trump’s not conceding yet.
Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be? We have all learned a lot in the last two weeks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2020
“Here’s the deal”
In a moment caught on camera and shared by Mastrangelo in her Tuesday report, Fox News host and debate moderator Chris Wallace pressed Biden directly on the issue of prematurely declaring victory during the first presidential match-up in September.
“Will you urge your supporters to stay calm while the vote is counted, and will you pledge not to declare victory until the election is independently certified?” Wallace asked the former VP. Biden responded with an emphatic “yes.”
“And here’s the deal,” the Democrat added. “We’ll count the ballots. As you pointed out, some of these ballots in some states can’t even be opened until Election Day, and if there’s thousands of ballots, it’s going to take time to do it.”
As Mastrangelo pointed out Tuesday, Biden has since taken a very different approach. Though Breitbart reports that the election has not been “independently certified,” with Trump still contesting it, Biden declared this week that he and his team are “going to get right to work” at getting his administration set up.
In the meantime…
Biden even managed to incorporate a triumphalist message into remarks he made about the coronavirus on Monday. “The election is over,” he insisted, according to a separate report from Breitbart.
“I won’t be president until January 20, but my message today is to everyone — it doesn’t matter who you voted,” Biden went on. “We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months.”
As Biden touts his claimed victory, legal challenges are playing out in a number of high-value states, including Pennsylvania, where 20 electoral votes could spell the beginning of a comeback for President Trump, if he can successfully prove the existence of the voting irregularities he’s alleged.
Meanwhile, Fox News reported Wednesday that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has ordered a “full, by-hand recount” of the state’s ballots. With this, it seems the race may not be over yet — at least not if Trump can help it.