The satire TV show Veep appears to have predicted some of the hypocrisy from Trump supporters to counting votes in the US election.
The popular comedy had a vote-counting drama in the fifth season based around the state of Nevada when an election is tied 269-269 in electoral votes.
In Veep (meaning vice president) Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ presidential incumbent is bullish about a recount, believing it could swing the election in her favour. But when news filters through that absentee military ballots won’t be in her favour she wants the recount stopped.
As the election progresses protesters outside the courtroom where legal action is ongoing alternately chant ‘count every vote’ and ‘stop counting the votes’ as new information trickles in.
In the real-life election between Democrat Joe Biden and incumbent Republican Donald Trump in 2020 the scenes in different US states is eerily similar as the counting goes down to the wire.
In Detroit, Michigan Trump supporters chanted for voting to be stopped, meanwhile in Arizona, which has been projected to land in the Joe Biden column, dozens of Trumpers have gathered outside the voting offices in Maricopa County with chants of ‘count every vote’ and ‘stop the steal’.
Law enforcement is preventing Trump supporters from entering the building.
Veep writer Alexis Wilkinson wrote: “We wrote this on @VeepHBO and they just tweeted it out.”
Director Judd Apatow aptly quote tweeted a video of the chaos along with the caption “2020 in a nutshell.”
Meaghan Eichmann tweeted: “Everything I know about election observations, recount procedures and litigation, I learned from VEEP Season 5. Feels appropriate in 2020.”
Another Veep fan said: “More evidence that VEEP is a more accurate depiction of politics than The West Wing.”
Donald Trump’s campaign has already called for a recount in Wisconsin, which has flipped from 2016, and is threatening one in Georgia – should the incumbent president lose.
And the decision by Fox News to call Arizona for Joe Biden is said to have prompted fury in the Trump campaign headquarters with the president himself ‘screaming’ at Rupert Murdoch for the decision to be reversed, according to Vanity Fair.
In Arizona Trump supporters have been chanting ‘Fox News sucks!’ despite the widespread belief that the network has been favourable to Trump during his initial presidential campaign and throughout his chaotic spell as commander-in-chief regularly serving up softball questions and attacking his rivals.
Trump, his campaign surrogates and adult sons have attempted to undermine the American electoral process, prematurely saying they had won Pennsylvania and alleging fraud without any evidence.
Lawsuits have been filed in battleground states such as Georgia as Trump’s path to reelection narrows.
Team Trump also moved to intervene over Pennsylvania in the Supreme Court. The political centre of the Supreme Court has shifted dramatically to the right during Donald Trump ’s Presidency, including when he replaced liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with conservative Amy Coney Barrett.
The United States is still without a clear winner as the states of Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia continue to count the votes.