BERNIE Sanders made eerily accurate election forecast a WEEK ago that Donald Trump would declare an early victory and accuse Democrats of fraud.
His comments came as he appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updatesBernie Sanders made an eerily accurate prediction of how the 2020 US Presidential Election would play outCredit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sanders predicted that Trump would claim an early victory and accuse Democrats of fraudCredit: EPA Demonstrators in Las Vegas, Nevada are seen calling for all votes to be counted the day after the electionCredit: The Mega Agency
Sanders spoke with the late-night host about his predictions for how the 2020 US Presidential election would play out – and his estimates were on the nose.
The Vermont senator told Fallon there would be "huge amounts of mail-in ballots" in states including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
"And unlike states like Florida or Vermont, they’ll not able – for bad reasons – to begin processing those ballots until, I don’t know, Election Day or maybe when the polls close," Sanders predicted.
"That means you’re going to have states dealing with perhaps millions of mail-in ballots."Sanders predicted that states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin would have a large amount of mail-in ballotsCredit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sanders told Fallon he thought that Trump would claim a win on Election night – despite millions of ballots still remainingCredit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sanders' prediction came as he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy FallonCredit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
He then expressed "worry" that initial ballot counts from day-of votes would show Republican majorities – because according to polls, GOP voters are more likely cast their votes in-person.
As mail-in ballots came in, however, Sanders said polls show they would be largely Democrat – perhaps flipping the states.
"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.'" Sanders predicted.
"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 … So the results, we don't know what'll happen on Election Day, but people should be aware of that possibility.”
Sanders' prediction was eerily accurate.In a speech on early Wednesday morning, Trump prematurely claimed victoryCredit: AFP or licensors Joe Biden took the lead in key states including Michigan and Wisconsin on WednesdayCredit: EPA
On election night, Trump held leads in states like Wisconsin and Michigan.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Trump gave a speech at the White House – declaring victory, despite there being millions of ballots that had yet to be counted.
"We were getting ready to win this election - frankly we did win this election," Trump claimed.
"So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud on our nation.
"We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we will be going to the US Supreme Court, we want all voting to stop," he added.Trump and his team have made baseless claims of voter fraud and launched lawsuits in several states amid the allegationsCredit: EPA Demonstrators in Las Vegas are seen calling for ballot counting to be haltedCredit: The Mega Agency
However, as mail-in ballots began to be tallied on Wednesday, several states states flipped, with Biden winning a majority of votes.
This put Biden as projected to win the Electoral College votes in key states including Michigan and Wisconsin.
As Biden took the lead in several major battleground states, Trump's team demanded a recount in Wisconsin – and made baseless claims of voter fraud.
Trump's team has also launched lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania in response to ballot counting claims.
As of Thursday morning, votes in Pennsylvania were still being tallied – but the lead Trump held was narrowing as more mail-in ballots were counted.