This past Saturday, the Associated Press and all major media outlets projected that President-elect Joe Biden would defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election after winning the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania, surpassing the 270 electoral votes needed to take the White House.
Trump and his team are refusing to accept these results, deploying multiple lawsuits and talking points about how the election is actually far from over.
In addition to false claims of widespread voter fraud, the Trump campaign is predictably blaming the media, saying that these outlets called the race too early for Biden, even though it's now a mathematical impossibility for Trump to win Pennsylvania—a state he can't win the White House without.
The most common talking point from the Trump campaign is that the media doesn't decide the winner of a Presidential race.
On Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on Fox News, where he said, "The media doesn't decide elections."
When the President's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, learned on Saturday that the race had been called for Biden, he claimed, "Networks don't decide elections. Courts do."
In a press briefing on November 9, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the media "demands the race is over" because Biden has a "slight lead." Two days earlier, she tweeted, "The media doesn't decide who wins elections, voters do."
So people were curious when the President's eldest daughter and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump, gleefully tweeted that Trump won the reliably red state of Alaska and its three electoral votes.
Her source? The Associated Press, a 174 year old non-profit news agency and one of the first outlets to call the race for President-elect Biden.
Trump's team has spent days attempting to discredit election calls from sources like the Associated Press, but Ivanka Trump didn't seem to care, since the outlet's verdict on Alaska's election was favorable for her father.
People soon began using the Trump team's own words against them.
The hypocrisy was clear as day.
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on the 20th of January.