The week of November 3rd was emotional for many as they awaited the results of the 2020 election. Taking more than 4 days to announce a projected President-Elect had a lot of people thoroughly stressed out.
A lot of the blame fell on several high-ticket states, including Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
And according to Pennsylvania, people were going so far as to issue death threats to their Philadelphia Election Office.
Republican and Philadelphia City Commissioner, Al Schmidt, commented on the experience of counting the votes this election cycle and how people reacted to having to wait.
“From the inside looking out, it feels all very deranged. At the end of the day, we are counting eligible votes cast by voters. The controversy surrounding it is something I don’t understand.”
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 9, 2020
All of the major news networks, even Fox News which commonly supports Trump-positive news, have announced Joe Biden as the 2020 President-Elect, said to enter Office in January 2021.
Despite this reality, how it came to be has repeatedly come into question.
President Donald Trump himself has questioned the quality of the votes counted and has sued multiple states for their expediency and accuracy in their vote counting.
All of these concerns and added federal investigations increased the turnaround time on selecting a President-Elect, which was too much for some people to handle.
Schmidt said there were approximately 200 city workers volunteering to count votes, and they’re projected to continue counting votes for the next week.
Unfortunately, people have been calling in, making sure the officials count the right votes.
“It’s people making accusations that we wouldn’t count those votes or people are adding fraudulent votes or just coming up with just all sorts of crazy stuff. [They make] calls to our offices reminding us that this is what the Second Amendment is for, people like us, for counting votes in a democracy.”
The calls largely have suggested that the counts are fraudulent or intend to skew results.
People following the news had mixed responses to Schmidt’s 60 Minutes interview.
Some felt bad for Schmidt and the pressure he was surely under.
Mr Schmidt looks sad, confused, tired, and frightened all at the same time. I feel for him. It’s a shame what trump has done, riling his base up with baseless allegations of fraud.
— Bree O’Connelly RN 🌊🗽♊️ (@BrianaOconnelly) November 9, 2020
That’s terrible -but verify the votes!
— chaya (@210spoonmom) November 9, 2020
Patience. This is their last weeks of commotions and criminalities. Many magas are taking down their flags and have started to detoxify. Others are just trying to rain on our parades. They lost, we won, the end. Let’s continue to celebrate.
— Oyamsbabe (@oyamsbabe) November 9, 2020
Others pointed out what these death threats could mean for the condition of democracy.
For counting votes in a democracy these people are getting death threats. Just let that sink in.
— Dark Shag (@thedarkshag) November 9, 2020
And this is exactly what Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio are enabling and legitimizing. As are McConnell and McCarthy by their silence.
— Felina (@FelinaBlanc) November 9, 2020
Having voted in 13 presidential elections and many local elections, we have never heard~until now~of death threats against citizens counting votes. The paranoia created by Trump and his allies is like a virus unto itself.
— Diana O & Larry McM (@Produttore) November 9, 2020
You can take a trump out of the WH but ya can’t remove trumpism from the country.
The country has changed. The political right has changed. They’ve awoken to their call to power thru any means via trumpism. It’s their party now.
We’re gonna have to deal with it. It’s fucked
— TruncatedThought (@GroveEsten) November 9, 2020
Though it’s frustrating, waiting for the final results of the 2020 election and to come out the other side of the all of the legal allegations, giving someone death threats surely isn’t the answer.