President-elect Joe Biden is on track to end up with 306 electoral votes and perhaps a 7 million person lead in the popular vote, representing a resounding victory over Trumpism. Currently, President Trump and his Republican enablers are refusing to accept the will of the people, claiming nonexistent mass voter fraud and insisting that Trump still has a path to victory. In the end, regardless of whether or not Trump officially concedes, they’ll all be forced to accept Biden’s victory and Trump will vacate the White House.
When the GOP finally does admit that Trump lost, expect them to immediately pivot their messaging to claim that Trump just barely lost and that Biden does not have a mandate to govern despite his impressive victory margin. They are planning to obstruct for the next four years and in order to do so without getting completely eviscerated by the media, they have to provide themselves air cover by undermining the president-elect’s legitimacy.
Unfortunately for Republicans, their own words are already coming back to bite them. In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidency with 306 electoral votes. At the time he and his surrogates championed it as a historic win despite the fact that he lost the popular vote by millions of votes. If that kind of hair’s breadth win gave him a mandate then there can be no real argument that Biden has an even stronger mandate now.
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski drew his followers’ attention to a tweet from 2016 in which Trump’s right-hand woman Kellyanne Conway called 306 electoral votes a “landslide” a “blowout” and “historic.” Surely the same now applies to Biden?
Trump himself penned a tweet with a similar sentiment in 2017 and said that his 306 victory meant the Democrats lost “so badly.” It’s worth remembering too that he loved to show off the 2016 electoral map to anyone who would listen to him, clearly an indication that he believes 306 to be a commanding win.
CNN’s Daniel Dale pointed out that President Trump also called his win a “historic landslide” and that the Democrats got their “ass kicked.” If that’s the case, then there can be no doubt that Trump got his ass kicked this time. It’s time he accept that fact and concede like the loser he is.
The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story – RUSSIA. Fake news!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017
"An Electoral College landslide." "A pretty good shellacking." "(Democrats) actually got their ass kicked."
Here's how Trump characterized the 2016 election in which he earned the same number of electoral votes Biden did in 2020: pic.twitter.com/WVt751d63q
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 13, 2020