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“It ain’t over until it is over,” that late baseball nice Yogi Berra famously mentioned. He was speaking a couple of baseball sport, however he might simply as simply have been describing the 2020 presidential election.

With tens of hundreds of thousands of votes counted and hundreds of thousands extra to go, the presidential race went into further innings early Wednesday morning as votes had been nonetheless being counted. We are able to count on authorized challenges from the shedding candidate and protests from his supporters.

The media’s orange crush by no means occurred. Journalists freaked out on-line that President Trump was working a robust race, notably after he was declared the winner in Florida— a must-win state for him.

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It didn’t take lengthy earlier than one other Berra quote got here to thoughts: “It was deja vu another time.” And the evening had a few of that really feel of 2016, when Trump stunned nearly everybody by defeating Hillary Clinton.

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Formally, the media had been practically unified in its help for Biden. Newspaper endorsements supported Biden by a rely of 88 to 7 or 93 %.

The left began worrying even earlier than Election Day. USA In the present day contributor Sally Kohn complained in regards to the Electoral Faculty the day earlier than the ultimate vote. She tweeted: “THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS A HORRIBLE, RACIST, REGRESSIVE MECHANISM OF REPRESSING DEMOCRACY.”

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In 2016, it had been Kohn’s remark that opened the floodgates and let liberal tears go pouring throughout the panorama when she tweeted: “IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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Tuesday evening authorized analyst Midwin Charles tweeted her personal model of the Kohn tweet. “It shouldn’t be this shut. That can trouble me till the tip of days.”

Feminist creator Jessica Valenti adopted as Florida fell to Trump, tweeting: “I do know it is early however it’s laborious to really feel something however PANIC.”

That response was mirrored on TV. NBC Information Political Director Chuck Todd stammered on air as he defined: “Florida is wanting … is wanting a little bit pink tonight.”

The New York Instances “Election Needles” shifted sharply round 8:30 p.m. EST for 3 states, main pollster Frank Luntz to tweet:  “The Needles have turned sharply towards Trump.” That included Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight web site adopted with a large replace quickly after. “If Florida goes to Trump, although, his possibilities of profitable the Electoral Faculty would go as much as 33%.”

All eyes turned to the remaining states and Pennsylvania, which introduced it wouldn’t end its vote rely Tuesday evening.

By 10 p.m. EST there was extra speak of a doable Trump victory. Columnist Andrew Sullivan owned as much as it, tweeting: “I simply marked the time – 10:11 pm – after I started to simply accept that Donald J Trump might win re-election.”

And by 10:23, Kohn commented: “BREAKING NEWS: I am gonna want extra Xanax.”

CNN anchor Jake Tapper credited Trump’s laborious work and reminded viewers that too many individuals paid consideration to the “most Trump-hating pundits” who had predicted a “landslide.” He added that “you may’t get excessive by yourself provide” earlier than noting that the election nonetheless was removed from over.

And New York Instances columnist Ross Douthat tweeted the scariest results of all: “269-269 fully in play.” In different phrases, chaos.

Nationwide Assessment Senior Author David Harsanyi tweeted: “No matter occurs, the truth that Trump has probably improved his help amongst Hispanics and Black voters within the South after 4 years of media treating him like Hitler is kind of a narrative.”

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Even within the stress, some discovered humor. Washington Submit media critic Erik Wemple tweeted that “@CNN county czar John King simply mentioned that for this reason ‘elections are enjoyable.’” Then he added a truism: “My sense is that the nation is now united in a consensus that elections are not enjoyable.”

The information media had initially handled Trump as a enjoyable distraction within the 2016 race. They gave him billions of {dollars}’ value of reports protection — greater than all the opposite candidates mixed. However then he made it clear he was in it to win it. The left-wing press has been preventing him each second since.

That’s greater than 4 years in an open and declared warfare in opposition to Trump. Allegedly unbiased journalists have achieved every part of their energy to destroy him, his household, his administration and all of his supporters.

It has been one of many darkest moments within the historical past of journalism. The foundational ideas of reports reporting have been thrown into the trash. Ideas like neutrality and accuracy flatly rejected.

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The bile that flowed from the anti-Trump information media was so vicious, it could have destroyed bizarre candidates. Trump was known as “racist” and a “white nationalist” so usually that the phrases misplaced all which means. He was depicted as every part from “felony” to “dictator,” and infrequently described as treasonous and in league with Russia.

Formally, the press was practically unified in its help for Biden. Newspaper endorsements supported Biden by a rely of 88 to 7 or 93 %. The Washington Post editorial whined that “For the previous three-plus years, the nation has lived — and suffered — in Donald Trump’s America.” The New York Times was equally unsubtle. Below a headline of “CORRUPTION ANGER CHAOS INCOMPETENCE LIES DECAY” in big sort, the paper known as to “END OUR NATIONAL CRISIS.”

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