"We are going to win", the confident claim of Vice President Biden. "We have already won" the confused claim of President Trump. The premature victory later to be "stolen" by late vote counts in contested states. "Stop the count" supporters chant in Pennsylvania, all too late as Biden creeps ahead.
As we write the count is 253 for Biden and 213 for Trump. Add in Arizona and at 264 the challenger is just six votes short of victory. Biden is ahead in Pennsylvania. Victory nears. A win in Pa. and Biden is in the White House. Fox news anchors have been instructed not to use the term "President Elect" under any circumstances.
The President is angry and despondent as defeat looms. A rigged election and voter fraud the Trump claim. Major news networks cut away from Trump's baseless complaints during the White House news conference. Fox News and CNN stayed with it, but later reported the President offered no evidence of his accusations.
According to the Washington Post, advisers are urging Trump to prepare for defeat "They know he has lost but no one seems willing to tell King Lear or mad King George, they have lost the Empire".
"It is time to end the warfare" Biden tells Trump. Joe Biden has called for an end to the unrelenting and unending political warfare in the USA. An invitation to concede, pack up and leave? Perhaps.
The President is in no mood to abandon the Oval Office. Trump has told people he has no plans to concede even if his path to victory is blocked. Alternative facts suggest reports of defeat are just a lie. But in true White House speak, a lie is just a truth you don't not believe or fail as yet to accept.
In any case, the Democrats have made it clear ... "The United States Government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House ..." "The Blue Wave" will be waving from the balcony on the 20th January ...
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