There have been plenty of shocks in the US presidential election – but none more so than Margaret Thatcher tweeting from the grave.
BBC News viewers were in stitches when journalist Matthew Amroliwala accidentally announced that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – who died in 2013 – had tweeted about the electoral battle between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
Amroliwala was speaking to Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Foreign Secretary under Thatcher, over Zoom when he got the two former female Prime Ministers confused.
He said: ‘Let me just put up a tweet that Margaret Thatcher has just put out because… Theresa May, sorry.’
Sir Malcolm laughed on screen as Amroliwala read out the tweet from May, which read: ‘We will soon know who will be the next US President. But, sadly, today also marks the US leaving the Paris accord — the world’s foremost attempt to build consensus on climate change. Whoever is elected has an immense responsibility to help tackle our planet’s greatest challenge.’
While we can’t blame Amroliwala for getting confused – it’s been a long night for all newsreaders – people were tickled by the slip-up, while other sleepy viewers were rather shocked to hear Thatcher was tweeting from the grave.
Newsreaders from across the channels have been covering the US presidential election since late last night, with results from across America coming in overnight.
One of the biggest stars of the overnight coverage was CNN’s chief national correspondent John King, who stunned viewers with his lightning speed chatter and his mastering of his touch-screen ‘Magic Wall’ over eight hours of election coverage.
We can expect much more coverage over the next few days, as neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump has reached the 270 electoral college voted needed to be declared the winner.
A number of states, including Pennsylvania, are expected to announce the results of their counts later in the week, due to delays from mail-in ballots.