Trump Says Major Networks Should Be Called Out For Election Tampering

President Donald Trump claimed major television networks should be called out for allegedly tampering with the results of the 2020 presidential election.

"Fox News, Quinnipiac University Poll, ABC/WaPo, NBC/WSJ were so inaccurate with their polls on me, that it really is tampering with an election," Trump tweeted Monday Night. "They were so far off in their polling, and in their attempt to suppress that they should be called out for election interference."

The tweet continued: "The worst polling ever, and then they'll be back in four years to do it again. This is much more than voter and campaign finance suppression!"

Although vote totals are not yet official and Trump has not yet conceded, the Associated Press, alongside major television networks, called the election for Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Saturday after he was projected to win Pennsylvania. With the state's 20 electoral votes, Biden surpassed the 270 needed to secure the White House.

The president has been targeting the major media networks since the election was called in Biden's favor, alleging they unfairly decided the election.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump said "Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our president will be? We have all learned a lot in the last two weeks!"

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President Trump Speaks From The James S. Brady Briefing Room At The White House WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Votes are still being counted two days after the presidential election as incumbent Trump is in a close race against challenger Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which remains too close to call. Trump has since claimed that major networks tampered with the election results. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty

The president's tweet echoed similar comments from Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

"The media is desperately trying to get everyone to coronate Joe Biden as the next president," Cruz said during a Fox News appearance on Sunday. "But that's not how it works, the media does not get to select our president the American people get to elect our president."

Media outlets call the race based on exit polls and historical data from each state. The Associated Press, in particular, reported that the use of information collected by their VoteCast database to confirm trends within a state, meaning if the exit poll shows a strong Republican lean in a state that is historically Republican, the AP will then call that state when the polls close.

The election race is official when secretaries of each state release a final tally. The winner of the election is cemented on December 14 when the electoral college meets and casts their votes for either presidential candidate.

Trump indicated on Saturday that he will not concede the election to Biden and has threatened "unspecified legal challenges," according to the Associated Press.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that it's too early for President Donald Trump to concede the election, a belief that Cruz echoed in a separate interview that day.

The Trump campaign has filed multiple lawsuits since Election Day, many of which surround claims of potential voter fraud and suppression. However, a Federal Elections Commission (FEC) official told CNN Saturday that there is "no evidence" of widespread voter fraud in the country.

"Very few substantiated complaints, let me put it that way," said Ellen Weintraub, the FEC commissioner. "There is no evidence of any kind of voter fraud. There is no evidence of illegal votes being cast."

The Republican National Committee announced on Friday that it has deployed "legal challenge teams" in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to the New York Times.

Both the Trump campaign and the Republican Party also filed lawsuits in an attempt to stop the counting of ballots. However, the suits didn't gain traction in courts—with many of the claims appearing to lack substantial evidence of the wrongdoing, resulting in their dismissal by judges.