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Donald Trump: With a raised fist to the dream of victory

"The will of the people decides who becomes president. Only the will of the people". Challenger Joe Biden appeared again on Wednesday afternoon (local time) for a short statement in front of the cameras. Of course, the sentence is aimed primarily at one thing: incumbent Donald Trump, who is trying to have the counting of the remaining votes stopped early by the court. At this point in time, lawsuits have already been filed in the important Rust Belt states of Michigan and Pennsylvania. Michigan is close to Biden, and Pennsylvania is still more than a million absent votes. Biden does not declare himself the winner, but believes in success: "We win enough states to win the presidency".

Opponent Donald Trump declared himself the winner hours earlier. It is deepest night, 2.21 a.m. in Washington, when the US President marches into the East Room of the White House. To the sound of the Hail to the Chief, the anthem that is only played for the President, he runs to a lectern to announce his election victory. For his appearance he has chosen the state hall of his residence, the hall with the largest chandeliers, the most candelabra, the most beautiful curtains. His children are sitting in the first row in front of him, his wife Melania is standing next to him on the stage, as is his deputy Mike Pence and his wife.

Breach of taboo by the White House

Even the choice of location deviates from what is customary according to unwritten rules. Typically, a US president standing for re-election waits for results in the city he lived in before moving into the White House. That alone is a gesture of humility in front of the electorate. It should not appear as if the incumbent believed to have leased the office for himself. Barack Obama, for example, flew to Chicago in 2012 to spend the nerve-wracking hours of such a night there. Trump also breaks a taboo on this point. But that is almost irrelevant. It's what he says that breaks all the rules.

"We were already about to go out and celebrate something that is so beautiful and so good," he begins. He lists the hard-fought states in which he has won. In Texas, in Ohio, in Florida. And it is also clear that he won in Georgia, he adds. That is not even certain at this point, for Georgia the cable stations have not yet let it know after two at night who they will see cross the finish line first on the basis of an emerging trend.

What Trump says about the race in Pennsylvania, in the swing state that will probably tip the scales, is far from true. "We're winning in Pennsylvania," he says with conviction. He justifies it with the fact that 64 percent of the votes have already been counted there and that he has a plus of 690,000 compared to his opponent. "It's almost impossible to catch up with us." In truth, the Keystone State is still far from being able to name a winner at night. In the hours after the vote, the votes cast personally on election day are disproportionately significant. And on election day it was mostly Republicans who cast their votes in person. Many Democrats, generally more cautious, on the other hand, the risk of contracting the coronavirus in a crowded polling station was too high. Ergo they had given preference to the postal vote. A welcome opportunity for Trump to fuel allegations of fraud all Wednesday.

Since election letters in Pennsylvania usually only come after the "in-person votes", depending on the county, it may take days before a result is available. The moment Trump strikes triumphant tones in the East Room, only a fraction of the votes are counted in Philadelphia, for example. The big city, in which black Americans make up 44 percent of the population, is considered a stronghold of the Democrats. Which doesn't stop Trump from going on the offensive amid the ambiguity.

"Frankly, we won this election," he says, and announces that we will go to the Supreme Court to force the count to stop. What is still happening now is massive fraud against the nation, an embarrassment for the country. He wants the law to be applied correctly, so he will turn to the Supreme Court. "We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find any more ballot papers at four in the morning and put them on the list. Okay?"

Obfuscation tactics

This is exactly what one fears, what Trump himself had announced days before the vote. He had announced that he would put his lawyers on the march to bring them to court against a protracted count. On Tuesday morning it looked like a withdrawal for a short time. Then the exhausted campaigner, his voice scratchy from talking at rallies, listened to Fox & Friends, the breakfast program of his favorite channel, Fox News. It is not the time to play games, only when his victory is certain will he announce it on election night, he rowed back a little.

Since his appearance in the East Room one has known: It was only a smoke candle that he lit there, apparently so as not to alienate voters before voting. The night before he leaves the podium in the East Room, he holds out a clenched fist. It's the defiant pose of a man that some commentators practically wrote off a few weeks ago. Trump, the fighter.

The master of the comeback who, despite prophecies of doom, got the upper hand. Despite the pandemic. Despite the justified accusation, loudly voiced by the opposition, of having failed in the Corona crisis management.

"The Democrats will try to STEAL the election," his campaign team wrote in an email to his followers on Wednesday morning. "President Trump wants you to defend the results."

Joe Biden, on the other hand, urged patience in his first speech of the day, 45 minutes past midnight in a parking lot in Wilmington, Delaware. Neither he nor his opponent have the right to declare the election winner. "We are on the right track," he says, encouraging the guests of his drive-in party sitting in their cars, sometimes standing in front of them, accompanied by a horn concert. "It's not over until every single vote is counted."

A hard, long evening

Behind him lies an evening when reality is far from the triumph of the former vice president, as most pollsters have predicted. By 10 p.m. local time at the latest, it is clear that it will not be a march through, but a thriller. The opinion polls, who gave Biden a clear lead, even in most swing states, embarrassed themselves once more, as they did in 2016, when they clearly saw Hillary Clinton as the favorite.

Around 10 p.m. it became clear that Florida, the heavyweight among the swing states in terms of population, will probably go to Trump. For its opponent it is the first heavy damper. If Biden had won the fight for the "Sunshine State", it would have been a mile step on the way to the White House.

Now the dream scenario turns out to be a beautiful dream. It is largely because Biden does worse in the Miami metropolitan area than Clinton, who got 63 percent of the vote there four years ago. Apparently, he did not score with Latinos, who form the majority in the metropolis of Florida, as hoped. Apparently, Trump has had success with his American version of the red sock campaign. For months he has been warning that under a President Biden, driven by the left wing of his party, the slide will begin to slide into socialist conditions, into a mismanagement known from Venezuela. In the case of emigrants from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela who have had bad experiences under left-wing governments, the calls of Kassandra, as absurd as they sound to the ears of neutral observers, have obviously been heard.

Still, the night is not simply a repetition of what happened on November 8th four years ago. At that time, the euphoria in the ranks of the Democrats, the confidence in the face of Hillary Clinton's clear favorite role, gave way to sheer horror in the course of the evening. This time all chances are intact.

On a knife edge

Things are looking good in Arizona, the desert state in which things are now almost always on the knife edge. The important Rust Belt states of Wisconsin and Michigan will also be awarded to Biden on Wednesday evening CET. Wisconsin with less than a percent gap. Trump also immediately requests a recount.

In North Carolina, where Trump was ahead in 2016, the race was still open at the time. "Too close to call" - the distance was too small to be fixed. The same was true of Georgia, a state that Trump won four years ago, and Nevada. But already Wednesday night CET there wasn't much missing to win. (Frank Herrmann from Washington, November 5, 2020)