Last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke candidly with Jimmy Fallon. The video of that interview has gone viral with more than 7 million views so far. The reason the interview has gone viral is that Sanders predicted exactly how Donald Trump would act on election night.
During his “The Tonight Show” interview, which took place on October 23, Fallon stated that studies show that Democrats were “more likely to use mail-in ballots” and Republicans to cast their votes at the polls on Election Day. Sanders stated that it would likely be “the first votes that will be counted will be those people who came in on Election Day, which will be Republican.”
Sanders also predicted how Trump could attempt to use this to his advantage:
“It could well be that at 10 o’clock on election night, Trump is winning in Michigan, he’s winning in Pennsylvania, he’s winning in Wisconsin, and he gets on the television and he says, ‘Thank you, Americans, for reelecting me. It’s all over. Have a good day.’ “
Sander continued, “But then, the next day, and the day following, all of those mail-in ballots start getting counted, and it turns out that Biden has won those states, at which point Trump says, ‘See? I told you the whole thing was fraudulent. I told you those mail-in ballots were crooked. And we’re not going to leave the office.’ So that is a worry that I and a lot of people have,”
Sanders was spot-on. The only real difference to what occurred is that Trump didn’t speak at 10 p.m. but instead waited until 2 a.m.
“We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said. “We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. It’s a very sad moment. We will win this, and as far as I’m concerned, we already have won.”
Sanders’ prediction has now been seen more than 7 million times on Twitter. You can view his predictions below.
thinking about this video of bernie sanders talking about mail-in votes pic.twitter.com/b6WpiIlwcs— (enployed) hannah (@hannahhycho) November 4, 2020
The former Democratic candidate for president also cautioned Americans about rival chief executive Donald Trump even earlier in the year as well, as he claimed Trump will refuse to leave office if he loses reelection and is calling on Congress and the media to take action to prepare for that scenario.
Sanders stated, “This is not just idle speculation. Trump was saying that the only way he could lose the election is if there was — let me get the exact quote — ‘the only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election.’ Now he is making that statement at a time when virtually every national poll has him behind.”
Plus he added, “What we have got to do in the next two months is to alert the American people about what that nightmarish scenario might look like in order to prepare them for that possibility and talk about what we do if that happens.”
According to a copy of his coming email address, Sanders plans to state:“This is not just a ‘constitutional crisis.’ This is a threat to everything this country stands for.”
And he announced, “The nightmare scenario there is that, at a time when some states like Pennsylvania are finding that they don’t have the resources right now to count votes, their mail-in ballots, in a rapid way, that it is possible that in some states Trump will be winning on election night, and yet when all of the votes are counted, he will be behind.”
In addition, “He will lose, But that during that interval, he will create chaos and confusion by claiming that there is massive fraud within the mail-in ballot process.”
Then told, “Because there is a very high likelihood that Trump will contest the results if he loses,” he said. “And it would be an unprecedented moment in American history and undermining everything that this country stands for if we have a president remain in office who lost the election.”
He also expressed, “I certainly hope with all of my heart that none of this happens”, but Bernie Sanders couldn’t have been more accurate about what he saw coming long before election night.