COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden is demanding a recount after the South Carolina primaries on Saturday because having never won one before, he is certain that vote fraud has occurred.
“Look fella, this primary was rigged, there’s no doubt about it,” Biden snapped in response to a question from Fox News asking why he believed he must have really lost. “You partisans at Fox News wouldn’t know voter fraud if it bit you in the keister.”
Biden campaign officials were seen arguing with South Carolina election officials around 11 p.m. local time. One official from the former vice president’s campaign threatened legal action if a recount was not ordered immediately.
Anita Dunn, Biden’s campaign manager, told reporters it seem “fairly obvious” that Biden’s victory isn’t real.
“I’ve been in this game a long time guys, and I’ve never seen such a blatant example of a rigged outcome,” Dunn said outside the candidate’s campaign bus. “The Vice President has never won a presidential primary in his life, and he’s not about to start now.”
Dunn said if things kept going this way, rigged primaries could eventually hand Biden the Democratic nomination, and that, she said, would be a disaster for the party.
“He can’t govern, we all know that,” Dunn said. “This presidential bid was never designed to actually capture the nomination. So we’re not going to sit around and just let someone hand it to him out of spite or something.”
South Carolina election officials said a recount is not mandatory, but they would most likely conduct one anyway because, in the words of one precinct campaign, “Yeah, we couldn’t believe Biden actually won either.”