ABC, CBS, and NBC all cut absent from President Donald Trump on Thursday as he spoke from the White House to make an unfounded accusation that the presidential election used to be being stolen from him.
Trump had tried to commandeer the nation’s airwaves at a time when the evening newscasts are shown on the East Coast, after a day when the slow drip of vote counting revealed his leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia dwindling.
MSNBC’s Brian Williams also interrupted the president. Fox News Channel and CNN aired the president’s full address, after which CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Trump used to be “like an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun realizing his time used to be over.”
Network personalities had sharply criticized Trump after his angry, middle-of-the-night speech following Election Day but aired that talk in full. Trump used to be more subdued Thursday, yet offered a litany of complaints approximately “suppression” polls, mail-in voting, and fraud that he never specified.
“We need to interrupt here, because the president has made quite a few false statements, including the notion that there was fraudulent voting,” said NBC’s Lester Holt. “There was no evidence of that.”
CBS’ Norah O’Donnell broke in to ask correspondent Nancy Cordes to fact-check Trump’s assertion that whether “valid votes” were counted, he would easily win the election. Cordes said there’s no indication of a substantive number of unlawful votes cast, and said Trump’s reference to votes arriving late used to be “another falsehood.”
MSNBC cut absent from Trump to anchor Brian Williams.
“Here we are again in the ordinary position of not only interrupting the president of the US but correcting the president of the US,” he said. “There are no unlawful votes that we realize of, there was no Trump victory that we realize of.”
After ABC ended its coverage, the network’s White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl, also said there used to be no evidence of unlawful votes.
“What he appears to be frustrated by is that it takes time to count votes,” Karl said. “It’s all the time taken time to count votes. But particularly in this election.”
While CNN kept Trump on the air, a chyron displayed under him said, “Without any evidence, Trump says he’s being cheated.”
Anchor Jake Tapper looked weary when it used to be over.
“What a sad night for the US of The usa to hear their president say that, to falsely accuse people of trying to steal the election, to take a look at to attack democracy in that way with this feast of falsehoods,” he said.“Lie after lie after lie. Pathetic.”
CNN analysts David Axelrod and Van Jones both said they were angered by Trump’s attacks on authorities in Detroit and Philadelphia, suggesting they amounted to racism.
On Fox News Channel, commentators Invoice Bennett and Byron York said that simply because Trump did not allege particular instances of irregularities doesn’t intent there haven’t been any. But the president and his lawyers wish to present evidence, they added.
“What we saw tonight is a president who believes that at the end of the day, when the entire votes are counted, the election isn’t going to to go his way, so he’s trying to plan an alternate route to keep the White House,” said Fox White House correspondent John Roberts.
The New York Post, a prominent Trump media ally, headlined narrative on the speech, “Donald Trump makes baseless election fraud claims in White House address.”
CBS News’ John Dickerson said Trump’s speech “felt like more or less a deflated recitation.”
The third day of election coverage on the networks used to be like a high school math class, filled with numbers geeks like MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and CNN’s John King explaining the intricacies of the votes being reported.
With Biden chipping absent at Trump’s leads in states the most important to any chance of the president getting the essential 270 electoral votes, it used to be unlike any math class in that it used to be building to a big ending.