President Trump introduced his election results timeline in a farce of innocent curiosity.
With a high rate of mail-in balloting, he tweeted in early July, “[e]lection results could be delayed for months. No more big election night answers?” Hmm, just asking questions, folks. A few weeks later, he posted on the subject again, this time more adamant: “Must know Election results on the night of the Election,” he said, “not days, months, or even years later!”
By early September, Trump was labeling anything but a full and final determination on the night of Tuesday, November 3, a Democratic conspiracy to “creat[e] havoc” and steal the election.