Hearing Trump camp’s complaints on US polls was ‘deja vu’ for Leni

Published December 6, 2020, 11:26 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Vice President Leni Robredo admitted on a local cable talk show Sunday night that she felt “deja vu” listening to the camp of United States President Donald Trump when the American leader appeared to be on his way to losing the November 3 polls.

Vice President Leni Robredo
(Mark Balmores / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo appeared as guest on “The Dean Mel Show” at Cignal Channel 1 OnePH opposite host lawyer Mel Sta. Maria, who, at one point in the show brought up the just-concluded US elections.

“Nakita natin tong election sa United States no, lalo na dun sa Georgia and Pennsylvania yung overnight nagbago. Deja vu ba sa inyo yun? May naalala ba kayo? (We saw what happened in the United States elections, especially in Georgia and Pennsylvania where it changed overnight. Was that deja vu for you? Did it remind you of anything?)” Sta. Maria said, chuckling.

Sta. Maria was referring to the results of the tight races in these key US states which ultimately went to president-elect, Democrat Joe Biden.

“Mas deja vu sa akin yung mga sinasabi ng camp ni President Trump (It’s the statements coming from President Trump’s camp that gave me more of that deja vu feeling),” Robredo replied.

“Nung iniinterview na yung ibang mga nasa camp ni President Trump sinasabi nila, ‘Kagabi pa lang nananalo na kami dito tapos paggising namin sa umaga, natatalo na’ (Last night we were winning but when we woke up in the morning, we were losing),'” she said.

“So para sakin parang, parang narinig ko na yata ito dati. Natatawa kami ng mga bata (So to me, it’s sounded like something I’ve heard before. The kids and I can’t help but laugh),” added Robredo.

Republican Trump started out strong as initial results from the polls came in; then, Biden began to score big wins in Pennsylvania and Georgia, as well as in Arizona and Wisconsin. The former US vice president never looked back.

Although she didn’t mention it, Robredo was obviously referring to her narrow vice presidential win in 2016 against Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as far as her source of deja vu was concerned.

Marcos led in the ballot counting for days and seemed to be on his way to victory, until the second-place Robredo slowly but surely gained on him. When the dust settled, the Camarines Sur lawmaker won with just a 263,473-vote margin.

Marcos cried foul over Robredo’s come-from-behind victory, and has an ongoing election protest against her.

 
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