CNN anchor Jake Tapper mocked Donald Trump on Election Day when the GOP nominee tweeted that the “country” was experiencing voter issues — when it was really one county. With no “R.”
“CNN is not reporting that, the problem is problems across the county. A county. Not the country as Mr. Trump tweeted,” Tapper said before the deadpan punch line. “It’s the difference of an R, but kind of an important one.”
Tapper went on to say there is heavy turnout across the country, stressing the R for effect. The whole thing started when CNN reported that Utah officials are experiencing voter issues in a specific county.
CNN's Jake Tapper: Trump is lying about nationwide voting machine problems. pic.twitter.com/HfPt0wHxmp
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 8, 2016
Trump tweeted, “Just out according to @CNN: “Utah officials report voting machine problems across entire country.”
Trump has alleged throughout the election that the system is rigged, and asked his supporters to pay close attention at the polls to avoid irregularities. That has drawn criticisms that he is undermining voters’ faith in American democracy.
Meanwhile, Tapper posted a personal exit poll:
For whom did you vote?
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 8, 2016
Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash and Anderson Cooper will join Tapper to anchor CNN’s “Election Night in America 2016” coverage from the Election Center in the network’s Washington Bureau. If history repeats itself, this won’t be the last we hear from Trump on Twitter before the results roll in.