As President Trump's prospects of managing to overturn the results of a free and fair election via a flurry of legal challenges has dimmed, he has struggled to keep the illusion going. Much of his legal challenge has relied on circumstantial and oftentimes entirely fabricated claims. It is therefore unsurprising that he would continue to disseminate circumstantial and debunked theories on his Twitter.
On Wednesday, President Trump posited that the fact that betting markets had him ahead somehow impugns the actual result.
At 10:00 P.M. on Election Evening, we were at 97% win with the so-called “bookies”.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1607537100.0
President-Elect Biden won five out of seven swing states, and his popular vote margin over President Trump is now over seven-million votes.What betting markets may or may not have thought would be the outcome of the race has no bearing on the actual result.
Many on Twitter pounced on the outgoing President.
@realDonaldTrump Trump: TV networks do NOT get to call an election! Also Trump: THE BOOKIES CALLED IT AT 10pm!— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1607538070.0
@realDonaldTrump I get that you love Donald Trump. But he lost. He lost the electoral college and he lost the po… https://t.co/alO6kg8HBt— Mike Tibbetts (@Mike Tibbetts)1607537182.0
@realDonaldTrump Holy crap, the President of the USA thinks because he was ahead before all the votes were counted,… https://t.co/dYVbPsA87j— Stevens (@Stevens)1607537230.0
@realDonaldTrump This is untrue. It is also NOT evidence. News agencies said before the election to watch states… https://t.co/5MaRkof0Iq— Jay Lionel (@Jay Lionel)1607537233.0
@realDonaldTrump bro, this is just sad. even the bots that tweet "TRUMP IS WINNING" are embarrassed for you— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1607537757.0
Others pointed out that there might be a reason that the betting markets were betting on Trump at 10PM on Election Day.
@realDonaldTrump And mail-in and early vote ballots had simply NOT BEEN COUNTED YET.— Ann Wilcox (@Ann Wilcox)1607537142.0
@realDonaldTrump The bookies were obviously wrong because millions of people used mail-in voting in the middle of t… https://t.co/eJVILz6llz— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1607537259.0
@realDonaldTrump Can’t count your chickens before they are hatched!! Biden was ahead in Florida and Texas and later… https://t.co/Fzj3jk1sEY— Maggie Moreland (@Maggie Moreland)1607537217.0
@realDonaldTrump That is because the mail-in votes were not counted yet. This isn’t hard.— Dreamweasel (@Dreamweasel)1607537191.0
@realDonaldTrump lol then the mail-in ballots came in and were counted right after. What part don't you get?— LA 2020 Champs (@LA 2020 Champs)1607537146.0
Unfortunately for Donald Trump, bookies don't vote. People do.