Bernie Sanders accurately predicted much of election night chaos with striking precision during a segment that aired last month on the “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon.
Asked about how vote-counting might play out, the Vermont senator said several key Rust Belt states would still be tallying largely Democrat-cast mail-in ballots days after polls closed — opening the door for President Trump to claim victory before its actually too soon to tell.
“You’re going to have a situation, I suspect, in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, other states, where they are going to be receiving huge amounts of mail-in ballots,” Sanders told Fallon during the show, which aired Oct. 23.
“And unlike states like Florida or Vermont, they’re not able, for bad reasons, to begin processing those ballots until, I don’t know, Election Day or maybe when the polls close. That means you’re going to have states dealing with perhaps millions of mail-in ballots.
“Here is my worry. What polls show, and what studies have shown is that, for whatever reason, Democrats are more likely to use mail-in ballots, Republicans are more likely to walk into polling booths on Election Day. It is likely that the first votes that will be counted will be those people who came in on Election Day, which will be Republican,” he said.
“Here is the fear — and I hope everybody hears it. It could well be that at 10 o’clock on election night, Trump is winning in Michigan, he’s winning in Pennsylvania, he’s winning in Wisconsin, and he gets on the television and he says, ‘Thank you, Americans, for re-electing me. It’s all over. Have a good day.’ But then, the next day, and the day following, all of those mail-in ballots start getting counted, and it turns out that Biden was won those states, at which point Trump says, ‘See? I told you the whole thing was fraudulent. I told you those mail-in ballots were crooked. And we’re not going to leave office.’ That is a worry that I and a lot of people have… people should be aware of that possibility.”
As of Wednesday at 11 a.m., votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan were still being counted, with many media outlets reporting that the states were too close to call.
Much earlier in the morning, Trump told supporters, “We will win this, and as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it.”
During the interview, Sanders was responding to a question from Fallon about how long Americans may have to wait after Election Day to know who the next president will be.
“Although the election is November 3rd and it’s been said that we won’t know the results until days later, when do you think we’ll know the results?” Fallon asked.