Trump urges march on Washington
The reliability of Twitter is often questioned, but the micro-blogging site has firmly established one fact: Donald Trump is apoplectic with rage about the re-election of Barack Obama.
Over the course of a few tweets, the billionaire tycoon, who has campaigned vigorously for the Republicans, decried the election as a “travesty”, a “sham”, and a “disgusting injustice”.
An inspection of Mr Trump’s Twitter feed for the past 24 hours reveals he did a bit of last minute canvassing yesterday – “[The Romneys] love America. Let’s push them over the top today”, before settling down to some television: “@MRBelzer is a stone cold loser with no talent--why did they ever put him on "Law and Order?"”
But as the result of the Presidential election became apparent The Donald redirected his ire from actor Richard Belzer to President Barack Obama and the US electoral system.
“He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election,” he tweeted, before calling for a national revolution. Mr Trump suggested that, although President Obama won a majority of electoral college votes, Mitt Romney actually received the largest popular vote.
“The phoney electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser won!” he raged. However, he deleted those tweets shortly afterwards, perhaps after it became apparent that Mr Romney had in fact failed to win the popular vote.
Nonetheless, he demanded action: “We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”
And: “Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.”
Along with the occasional rhetorical flourish, a tone of foreboding and despair ran through subsequent tweets: “Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble...like never before”, and “Our nation is a once great nation divided!”
He poured further scorn on the electoral system, describing it as a “disaster for democracy”. Perhaps Mr Trump failed to recall the 2000 election when the Democratic candidate Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the election after George W Bush received more electoral college votes.
Regardless, Mr Trump managed to regain some composure, taking solace from the fact the House of Representatives remains in Republican control. “Hopefully the House of Representatives can hold our country together for four more years...stay strong and never give up!” he said before adding, finally, “House of Representatives shouldn't give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare.”
And that was it, some eight hours ago, since then he has maintained radio silence. Four more years for Mr Trump.