Both campaigns have declared victory in the stubbornly elusive 2020 election. As votes continue to be tallied according to laws that vary by state, each candidate stalks the presidency with lawyers in tow. 

 

The Trump campaign declared a victory in Pennsylvania, and Twitter has already intervened to label the statements from Kayleigh McEnany’s personal account. 

VICTORY for President @realDonaldTrump in PENNSYLVANIA !!

— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) November 4, 2020

The new development has been a heads-up from Bill Stepien of the Trump campaign, who said that they will declare a victory in Pennsylvania. “This is not based on guts but on maps,” the Trump campaign announced.

The Trump campaign is calling on FOX and the AP to withdraw their call on Arizona, and they are requesting a recount in Wisconsin, which was called for Joe Biden not long ago. The Trump campaign is very confident and insistent that Arizona is going to break their way. 

Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said on a conference call, “By the end of this week, it will be clear to the entire nation that President Trump and Mike Pence will be re-elected for another four years.”

The Trump campaign is going on offense and is getting ready to take the election outcome to court.

The Biden campaign is already asking Americans and donors to help to hire lawyers to fight the election. Biden’s campaign believes that they have numbers on their side, and one of their lawyers said, prematurely, that they have won. 

“Democracy is the heartbeat of this nation,” Biden opened in his remarks about the state of the race, again upstaging Trump in public appearances by simply going ahead of him and acting like he is the President, not Trump. He said that it is the people who decide the winner. Biden said that he believes he is the winner of the election. 

“It has been a long and difficult campaign,” Biden shared, remarking that it has, too,  been a hard time for the country. “We are not enemies,” Biden referred to the nation’s divide, suddenly forgetting how just the other day he name-called Trump’s voters who make up for half of the country. 

Biden has de facto proclaimed himself a winner of this election by this speech, positioning himself, for the second time since Election Night, as the leader of the free world whose job now is to unite Americans. 

“No one is going to take away our democracy from us,” Biden said. Except, those who voted Trump are part of that same, democratic process, and they are, too, entitled to the final vote count without Biden making equally premature remarks as Trump’s campaign, which stated: “It’s clear that we’re winning enough votes…to win the presidency.”  

Who the winner of the 2020 election will be is not the question of semantics and big speeches, but rather the number of votes, which no one knows at the moment. There is a fixed category of society that rejected Joe Biden, the ultimate count of which we do not yet know. 

Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...