Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday compared the chaos consuming the New York City mayoral election to the 2020 presidential election, ironically suggesting that New Yorkers should not complain about the mishap since he was forced to accept his apparent loss to President Biden.
“Just like in the 2020 Presidential Election, it was announced overnight in New York City that vast irregularities and mistakes were made,” Trump proclaimed in an email sent to supporters. “The fact is, based on what has happened, nobody will ever know who really won.”
Trump is referencing a clear vote discrepancy in the race after ranked-choice tallies were released by the New York City Board of Elections on Tuesday. According to the New York Post, Eric Adams, Democratic mayoral frontrunner, first pointed out the discrepancy.
“The vote total just released by the Board of Elections is 100,000-plus more than the total announced on election night, raising serious questions,” a spokesman for Adams commented. “We have asked the Board of Elections to explain such a massive increase and other irregularities before we comment on the ranked-choice voting projection.”
In the wake of these comments, the NYC BOE responded on late Tuesday night.
The BOE painfully admitted the clear error. It became evident that 135,000 “test votes” were accidentally counted and included in the results released on Tuesday. Fox News reported that these pre-election test votes were not purged from the system and thus entered the vote totals accidentally, placed further doubt into the election results.
Twitter users were quick to jump on the error and compare it to the 2020 presidential election, similar to President Trump’s comments.
Post-2020, public trust in American elections had been fractured. Ongoing audits in contested states certainly do not help. This disaster surrounding the NYC mayoral results will only further damage public trust, exposing the fragility within the core of U.S. democracy.