Add to that the fact that Trump claimed he had won the election with no evidence, and continues to pump out tweets discrediting mail-in ballots with no evidence, and you have something of a chaotic situation.
Meanwhile in the UK, people have started calling for Keir Starmer to push for a change in the voting system, asking for proportional representation instead of the current first-past-the-post system to avoid a similar situation playing out in this country at the next election.
So in a few years time we're supposed to just watch this exact same horror story recast with Keir Starmer and act surprised?
On Twitter, group chats and in pubs on the last night before a second lockdown, conversations ridiculing the American system (and certain factions of the US population) were commonplace, but before we get on our high moral horse, it's worth remembering that the UK system has some quirks of its own.
Actor Stephen Mangan tweeted out an image that will bring anyone with such delusions of superiority coming crashing down.
Dear Americans, THIS is what an election in a mature democracy looks like. Yours,
The UK (H/T @loobstery) https://t.co/lFRC0ht0x7
He was not the first person to resurface the picture during the US election.
It shows Boris Johnson – a prime minister who many have compared to Trump due to his signature blonde hair, populist policies, and divisive rhetoric – having just won the 2019 election, surrounded by some of the candidates he was up against. They include Count Binface and Sesame Street's Elmo. Because of course they do.
People took the point on the chin, and there were a lot of jokes about the man who was actually elected.
@CarryStrategy @StellaLallement Get the ridiculous character in the red tie between Lord Buckethead and the chap in the red fur suit....
— Charles MacDonald (@Charles MacDonald)
@CarryStrategy Can't believe we accidentally elected the novelty candidate, though.