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Biden got 80 million votes — that should be a huge news story
Trump voters aren’t news, by Eric Boehlert, PressRun

Of course, he gives special attention to the NYT.

Trump’s incessant post-election whining about the election being “stolen” has distracted from the stunning vote totals Joe Biden posted, becoming the first candidate in U.S. history to land 80 million votes. Twenty million more Americans cast ballots in 2020 compared to 2016. In total, 67 percent of eligible voters submitted ballots this year, the highest American tally in a century. Additionally, Biden obliterated all campaign fundraising records, taking in a staggering $940 million from supporters.

The fact that the Democratic nominee received 80 million votes amidst a pandemic, with some states seeing an astronomical voter turnout rate this year hovering at 80 percent, should have triggered constant coverage about Biden’s successful campaign and his unprecedented ability to attract voters. You’d think cable news panels and opinion pages would be flooded with debates and insights into how Biden pulled off such a stunning performance — how he received 34 million (!) more votes than Bill Clinton did in 1996, and 16 million more than Obama received in 2012. Shouldn’t that make Biden a political phenomenon?

Instead of dissecting Biden’s sprawling Black, Brown and white coalition of voters, who helped flip five states on Election Day, the press continues to be amazed by how many votes the losing candidate received. It’s a singular focus we’ve never seen before in American politics.