Pennsylvania Attorney General Declares Biden Victory Before a Single Vote Is Counted
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is employing a bold new strategy in the 2020 presidential election – declaring his state’s winner before a single vote has been counted.
Over the weekend he tweeted out “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process,” though the tweet wasn’t noticed by most until today, for the most part.
If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.
For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court. We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!https://t.co/mN8t6TDud7
— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) October 31, 2020
As the Washington Examiner’s Tyler Van Dyke explains:
Last week, the Supreme Court denied an attempt by Pennsylvania Republicans to roll back the state’s deadline for accepting ballots. As it stands, ballots in the Keystone State will be counted as long as they arrive up to three days after Election Day and are postmarked by Nov. 3.
President Trump derided the decision after arriving in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday for a campaign rally, and added that he was preparing for a legal battle if a victor is not declared on election night.
Staffing concerns in seven Pennsylvania counties, all of which voted Republican in the last three elections, have also forced election officials to hold off on counting mail-in ballots until Wednesday. Given that the number of Democrats in Pennsylvania have voted early or by mail is nearly triple that of Republicans, according to TargetSmart, holding off on counting those ballots in reliably red counties could give the misrepresentation of a larger margin in favor of Trump on election night.
In AG Shapiro’s mind, trying to make sure all ballots are sent in and counted in a timely manner (i.e. before election day) are an attempt to “subtract votes” (as if anything is preventing people from mailing in their ballots).
Shapiro’s tweet naturally turned a few heads, and produced a fierce backlash.
The sitting Attorney General in PA seems very partisan while in office.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) November 2, 2020
Pennsylvania AG @JoshShapiroPA went on CNN the day before the election and cursed out the President
Does this sound like a guy who will fairly protect the voting process?
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 2, 2020
I'm trying to imagine what the reaction would be if a Republican AG in Texas or Ohio called the election for Trump before Election Day.
Pretty sure the libs who didn't die of apoplexy would be screaming "coup".
— Tom Maguire (@Tom_Maguire) November 2, 2020
.@Twitter labeling this @TomFitton tweet about concerns that are being litigated now, and NOT labeling this outrageous @JoshShapiroPA tweet declaring the Pennsylvania election is already over is outrageous.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 2, 2020
This is very interesting. @JoshshapiroPA, AG of Pennsylvania declared already on Oct 31st, that Trump will lose.
Yet, the election is tomorrow.
Does this #AttorneyGeneral knows smth Americans don't?
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) November 2, 2020
While key to a Trump victory, we likely won’t know Pennsylvania’s full results until at least a few days after election day. Philadelphia’s Democrat Mayor Jim Kenny said that counting his city’s ballots will “easily take several days.”
And if that’s the case, how in the world does AG Shapiro think he knows how the vote is going to tilt?