Before Tuesday morning, I couldn't pull Steve Kornacki out of a line-up. Now, I'm knee-deep in the Kornacki fandom.
To say that this election has been stressful is an understatement. Despite being warned about ballot-counting taking time well in advance, people following the election, both in the US and from around the world, are held hostage by obsessively refreshing our maps, not sleeping, and coping with our feelings however we can. Now John King may be having fun, but the true MVP that has emerged from this chaotic spectacle is Steve Kornacki. With Trump claiming to have won already, insinuating repeatedly that mail-in votes are fraudulent, and generally instigating his base to potentially incite violence if the outcome isn't in his favor, MSNBC's gay map savant has been the voice of reason breaking through the chaos and allowing us an iota of sanity.
I need a @chrislhayes & @SteveKornacki buddy comedy. One plays by the rules. The other plays by the rules.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 6, 2020
The thing that makes Kornacki so gosh-darn adorable is his nerdy enthusiasm for and his impressive number-crunching skills, as he uses the electoral map as his own, personal doodle-pad. With his phone in hand, he calmly does some seriously-impressive math and takes the time to explain not just how the numbers coming in can sway either candidate's chances but also takes viewers through in-depth analyses of the data and taking the time to help viewers understand exactly what outcomes are possible as the votes get counted in key swing states.
Late night, loopy @SteveKornacki thirst twitter might actually be the best version of this godforsaken, brain-breaking website.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 6, 2020
Perhaps MSNBC's best strategy through this election has been to institute a 'Kornacki Cam' to follow the internet's favorite map nerd as he tests scenarios and breaks down the 'big dump of votes' on his 'big board'. Kornacki's appeal clearly lies in his unabashed enthusiasm for the process as well as his delightful human moments when he's caught texting or doesn't realize he's on camera. His persona allows viewers to take comfort in the process amid all the noise generated by Trump and his campaign.
And now let’s go live and check in on Steve Kornacki. pic.twitter.com/xJ0XJw24Er— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) November 5, 2020
Before Tuesday morning, I couldn't pull Kornacki out of a line-up. Now, I'm knee-deep in the Kornacki fandom. On Thursday night, when the wonk superman defied MSNBC's demand that he take rest and tweeted that he was returning to the studio, his restless gusto for the close races warmed had me cheering at my screen. It is amazing what a steady consumption of Diet Coke (which I hope MSNBC is paying for by the crate), adrenaline, and a passion for electoral math can do to this man. Which is why, as we hold our breath and wait for the last few states to be called, I present to you a roster of the Steve Kornacki fandom offerings.
Here are some GIFs of Steve Kornacki, khaki king, being cute https://t.co/c0waHW1LnF— Vulture (@vulture) November 6, 2020
Ok this is next level! I think I love him lol pic.twitter.com/Wx9umN96OE— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) November 6, 2020
and as you can see here the big big caterpillar was hungry for the large apple pic.twitter.com/YIJ7PUKyDQ— Rebecca Alter (@ralter) November 4, 2020
Steve Kornacki having a math meltdown as Biden takes the lead in PA 🎊 pic.twitter.com/jA42BYeohY— Bree (half of @kitrocha) (@mostlybree) November 6, 2020
Another morning of chaotic math #TrackingKornacki pic.twitter.com/UHKbNmJ3RR— Kornacki Cam (@KornackiCam) November 6, 2020
PLEASE GIVE @SteveKornacki ANOTHER SHEET OF PAPER, @MSNBC. HIS NOTES ARE GETTING US ALL THROUGH THIS ELECTION RIGHT NOW #TrackingKornacki #SnackyKornacki pic.twitter.com/m9XgCCII6e— Michelle 😷 #VOTE #CFAwareness (@michelyntyler) November 6, 2020
Heading up to the studio and not leaving until we’ve got a result. Our live coverage starts at 6 — hope you’ll come along for the ride! pic.twitter.com/n0kBtHYqB8— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) November 3, 2020
Oh my god steve must have some news #TrackingKornacki pic.twitter.com/YmgndwfJlv— Kornacki Cam (@KornackiCam) November 6, 2020
POV: Steve Kornacki didn't see you there #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/L9PLOCVFbm— Vulture (@vulture) November 4, 2020
Back? @SteveKornacki never left! pic.twitter.com/stgfUgfX2F— Sean McKeever (@Sean_McKeever) November 6, 2020
Can we all pitch in and get @SteveKornacki a monitor without a delay. In 2020, it shouldn't be this difficult to write numbers on a touch screen. Get this man a stylus, @msnbc! #SteveKornacki #ElectionResults2020 #ElectionResults pic.twitter.com/C29BP0P6du— 🎃Matt M🎃 (@CARRION_LIB) November 6, 2020
.@SteveKornacki appreciation GIF #TrackingKornacki pic.twitter.com/ThycdmbgNK— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) November 6, 2020
My daughter’s imitation of @SteveKornacki #TrackingKornacki #BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/kxwWgKX2fG— Mollie Call (@CallMollie) November 3, 2020
Hey @SteveKornacki...your old friends at @News12NJ say congrats on your own emoji - you deserve it! #TrackingKornacki— Ivy Charmatz (@ivycharmatz) November 4, 2020
The only good thing about today is being able to swoon over @SteveKornacki all night. There's just something about the way he rolls up his sleeves and handles the big board that drives me crazy!! 😍😍😍 #TrackingKornacki #MSNBC2020 pic.twitter.com/L4L5uGH0Kr— Hooddrow Wilson (@WriterFeministX) November 3, 2020
“Let’s take out the ol trusty calculator...” Peak Steve Kornacki 😂 pic.twitter.com/F7oaiKWYA0— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) November 6, 2020
@SteveKornacki FANCAM 🥺🥰🔥 pic.twitter.com/K1r63cEUNW— marina (@marinaawill) November 5, 2020
I'VE NEVER MADE A FANCAM, BUT THE LAST FEW DAYS HAVE BROKEN ME.— adri 🇵🇷🐝 (@grimreaperhands) November 6, 2020
HERE IS A TERRIBLE STEVE KORNACKI FANCAM. THANK YOU FOR BEING MY PRETEND FRIEND FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS, MR. KORNACKI. pic.twitter.com/026PIsgzvO
stream my steve kornacki fancam #MSNBC #ElectionResults2020 #ThePostElection pic.twitter.com/0lASrjY2Tq— maya⁷ (@shdowlikeme) November 5, 2020
steve kornacki fancam pic.twitter.com/ZnlW0wyt7o— FOSTER (@CUB1CLE5) November 4, 2020
"Hey Kasie, I have to stop you. Steve Kornacki has a piece of paper in his mouth."#tbtpic.twitter.com/I9DAMMhGv4— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) November 6, 2020
You cannot tell me that Steve Kornacki did not dress for this look pic.twitter.com/WHRrvJUVC4— Cat Mama (@_chloepaige) November 6, 2020
That is so much math #TrackingKornacki pic.twitter.com/ujxVY2b3CG— Kornacki Cam (@KornackiCam) November 6, 2020
Checking on Steve Kornacki 😂 pic.twitter.com/HrpF97kYin— David Condreay 🆘 (@CondreayDavid) November 6, 2020
Um....where did he go? pic.twitter.com/kAtGcVaon3— Kornacki Cam (@KornackiCam) November 6, 2020
Okay. Guys. Let’s get into it. 1. Is a Steve Kornacki wearing a diaper since he never leaves the camera? 2. When was the last time he sleep?— roxane gay (@rgay) November 6, 2020
Me: “Let’s get Steve a chair.”@SteveKornacki: “If I sit down, I’ll fall asleep.”— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) November 6, 2020
Kornacki remains at his post, awaiting results from Pennsylvania. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/h115jEItQn
Give Steve Kornacki a raise, a vacation, and someone to delegate to. I went to sleep and he was on TV. I woke up and he was still on TV. pic.twitter.com/YQsmpnpzoK— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) November 4, 2020
Hey @MSNBC, after this election is all over and @SteveKornacki can finally get some sleep, I think the #KornackiKhakis need to either be auctioned off for charity or sent to the Smithsonian. @NicolleDWallace @chrislhayes @rachelees69 pic.twitter.com/IdGXJcpQBY— TimCroston (@TimCroston) November 6, 2020