President Donald Trump’s family and campaign members falsely declared a victory in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, before the state counted all the votes or called the race themselves, and before any major media outlet issued a projection.
According to Tessa Berenson, a White House correspondent for Time, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien declared victory in the state during a call prior to the press conference.
Bill Stepien on press call: “We are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania. This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math.”
— Tessa Berenson (@tcberenson) November 4, 2020
“We are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania,” he said. “This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math.”