One would think that after bankrupting his casinos multiple times, Donald Trump would have soured on gambling.
One of his latest tweets, however, demonstrates that the lame-duck loser of a president still places an enormous amount of faith in the parimutuel oddsmakers who determine the betting line for casinos, sporting events, racetracks, and even political races.
At 10:00 P.M. on Election Evening, we were at 97% win with the so-called “bookies”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2020
Using the “so-called ‘bookies'” — who determine their payout percentages by the number of bets placed on a given candidate — as the arbiter of election odds rather than the dedicated political pollsters who actually survey prospective voters without a financial interest in the outcome about their intentions shows just how low Trump is stooping to find some excuse, any excuse, to cast doubts on the results of an election that everyone except himself and those who fear his rapidly receding retaliatory powers have accepted as settled.
As one would expect, Trump’s tweet attracted an avalanche of derision on his favorite social media platform.
"A fool and his money are soon parted."
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) December 9, 2020
You couldn’t be more wrong Sir. pic.twitter.com/06d7gGzlG7
— Bobby Thompson (@Just_BobT) December 9, 2020
To be fair it would still be more proof than any of the evidence shown so far!
— Chris (@Chris_Chapman61) December 9, 2020
Trump: TV networks do NOT get to call an election!
Also Trump: THE BOOKIES CALLED IT AT 10pm!
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) December 9, 2020
You lost. Deal with it.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 9, 2020
Dammit, I was 97% alive before I got struck by that vehicle, and then it 100% hit me, and I was 100% no longer alive.
Losing comes at you fast, Spanky.
YOU 100% LOST.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 9, 2020
— fancy jange (@JoofKathy) December 9, 2020
IT’S ALMOST AS IF YOU FORCED STATES TO DELAY EARLY VOTE COUNTING OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS SO THAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE YOU HAD A STRONG LEAD BEFORE YOUR IMMINENT DEFEAT
Oops, I said the quiet part loud. https://t.co/o4oBkl12W8
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) December 9, 2020
— Ann Fowler Avery (@AnnFowlerAvery) December 9, 2020
I'll take the over/under that you suck.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) December 9, 2020
So…the Mob told you they had this under control – and they straight up lied to you, right? When the “most powerful person in the world” resorts to quoting “bookies’” odds for their election prospects, you’re losing.
— USED TO BE G.O.P. (@Used_To_Be_GOP) December 9, 2020
— Megan (@Megvitols) December 9, 2020
Article XXI, the "hit me" clause.
— ZZTodd, Partially Moot Antifa President ☣ (@ntoddpax) December 9, 2020
we should let Falcons fans being up 28-3 halfway through the second half of the Super Bowl explain this to him
— ⛄️Battery-filled Snowman⛄️ (@psubeatboxer) December 9, 2020
He never bets with his own money
— Anthony DeVito (@AnthonyDeVito) December 9, 2020
It’s weird to know the villain from the third Ocean’s movie got elected President
— Jason Vincent (@jasoncvincent) December 9, 2020
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so what Trump is REALLY mad about is losing his $10,000,000,000 bet that he placed on himself winning…..
— Brian Anthony Bowen (@BrianAnthonyBo1) December 9, 2020
At this point, Trump is willing to say or do anything to convince people that he didn’t really lose so badly to Joe Biden.
What are the odds, one might ask, that Americans will tire of his ceaseless pity-party of denial and lies anytime soon?
One doesn’t need a “so-called ‘bookie'” to figure out that the time to place that bet is long past.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.