On Nov. 8, 2020, The Associated Press (AP) projected that former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had defeated President Donald Trump and would become the 46th president of the United States. Trump has yet to concede and is fighting Biden’s win in various courts claiming vote fraud.
Three days after AP’s projection, a tweet mentioning Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate was posted on the Twitter account @GOPChairwoman, from Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. It suggested the reality that the Biden-Harris administration is beginning in January.
It is true that the tweet was deleted. McDaniel’s tweet appeared to be aimed at supporting Republican U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections. The date for the runoff was set for Jan. 5, 2021.
The tweet claimed that if Democrats were to gain control of the U.S. Senate in the Georgia runoff elections, Sen. Chuck Schumer would become majority leader, Sen. Bernie Sanders would become chair of the Senate Budget Committee leading to socialism, Sen. Ron Wyden would become chair of the Senate Finance Committee and get rid of tax cuts, Sen. Diane Feinstein would become chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and appoint liberal judges, Sen. Patty Murray would favor government control of healthcare, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate. The tweet ended by promoting the Twitter accounts for Loeffler and Perdue.
McDaniel’s tweet did not cite any sources on what appeared to be fear-driven claims. The tweet was possibly deleted after McDaniel noticed that Bloomberg and other outlets reported that the post appeared to suggest a Biden win.
She's deleted it, but @GOPChairwoman posted a tweet suggesting that Joe Biden will be president next year.
— Alex Wayne (@aawayne) November 11, 2020
Georgians are counting on Republicans to hold the line against Democrats’ desire to raise taxes, pack the Supreme Court and give government control over their health care.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 13, 2020