Seemingly undercutting his argument that media projections should not be trusted, President Trump touted the Associated Press’ projection saying he won the state of Alaska and its three electoral votes in a tweet Thursday.
“It took long enough!” Trump said in a tweet linking to an Associated Press tweet calling Alaska for the president, predicting he would also win Georgia with a recount (recounts rarely change the outcome of an election, and Biden currently leads by 14,057 votes.)
Days earlier, the president dismissed media projections from all major networks that President-elect Joe Biden won the election, complaining in a tweet Sunday, “Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?”
Ivanka Trump and allies such as Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller fell into the same trap on Wednesday by also promoting the Associated Press’ Alaska projection: “President Trump and Senate Republicans win Alaska, overwhelmingly and by a massive 20 point spread!” Ivanka Trump tweeted, linking to the Associated Press’ tweet.
After clinching the 270 electoral college votes needed, the AP projects Biden will win 290 electoral votes and the election, while Trump will win 217, though races have yet to be called in Georgia and North Carolina.
Trump has refused to concede, and his campaign has mounted a longshot effort to challenge the election results in several states, though the lawsuits are highly unlikely to change the results of the election.
The media does not “decide” the election, but they do provide projections that give the public a very good understanding of where the election is heading. Mainstream outlets have seldom predicted the election incorrectly, and took extra caution this year due to the influx of mail-in ballots. Major outlets called the election for Biden on Saturday after the Democrats jumped out to a greater than .5% lead in Pennsylvania.
Fox News is one of the mainstream outlets to project the election for Biden, drawing the ire of Trump and his allies who believed the network, home to Trump-friendly hosts, called the election too early.
“Joe Biden has been certified the winner in exactly zero states… so no, this election is not over,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told reporters on a press call Wednesday. In fact, races have been certified in several states, including Vermont and Delaware.
Ivanka Trump Touts AP’s Alaska Race Call As Trump Allies Dismiss Its Projection That Biden Won (Forbes)