Bernie Sanders' Election Prediction on Jimmy Fallon Goes Viral: 'He Called It Word for Word'

Bernie Sanders' election prediction has gone viral after a clip resurfaced in which the Vermont senator speculates about mail-in ballots and how President Donald Trump would react to the results.

Sanders made his comments—some of which are eerily accurate—in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on October 23, predicting that Trump would declare victory before all the votes had been counted.

Twitter user @hannahhycho originally posted a clip of Sanders to Twitter, writing: "Thinking about this video of Bernie Sanders talking about mail-in votes."

The clip has been watched more than 9 million times on Twitter and was shared by user @onikasgivenchy, who amassed more than 300,000 likes and 150,000 retweets for a post that said: "Man... he called it word for word."

The writer and activist Shaun King later shared the clip, tweeting: "Bernie Sanders is a prophet."

Bernie Sanders is a prophet.

— Shaun King (@shaunking) November 4, 2020

Early on Wednesday morning, Trump said: "We will win this and, as far as I'm concerned, we already have won it."

During the October interview, Sanders told Fallon: "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.

"They're not able—for bad reasons—to begin processing those ballots until Election Day or maybe when the polls close. That means you're going to have states dealing with perhaps millions of mail-in ballots."

In swing states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia, officials began November 4 with thousands of mail-in ballots yet to be counted.

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, speaks at George Washington University in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2020. Sanders warned that the US faces an "unprecedented and dangerous moment," as President Donald Trump questions the legitimacy of mail-in ballots and suggests he might not accept the election results. Sanders' October interview with Jimmy Fallon, in which he predicted Trump's reaction, has gone viral. Getty/Nicholas Kamm

Sanders continued: "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.

"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 has 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, you know, we're not going to leave office.'"

The Joe Biden campaign encouraged supporters to vote early and by mail, while Trump spent much of his campaign falsely claiming that mail-in ballots can lead to fraudulent voting.

In the early hours of November 4, Trump made the premature claim that he had already won the election, and alleged that a "major fraud" was being committed and he would be heading to the Supreme Court. Joe Biden's legal team has reacted by stating they are ready for any legal battles ahead.

On October 19, Sanders and senior Democrats led by Senator Chuck Schumer released a report predicting Trump's reaction. The paper said the president might "claim victory for himself, then falsely claim that there is 'massive fraud' in mail-in ballots that have not yet been counted or reported."

As for Sanders' prediction that mail-in ballots will show Biden has taken states that Trump has already claimed to have won—the final results may not be clear for days.