Insisting on the widespread voting rigging disputed by his own Attorney General, President Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterated a litany of baseless allegations of political corruption, machine manipulation and mysterious votes popping up out of nowhere that allowed Joe Biden to steal the election.
“This election is about big voter fraud, a fraud that has never been seen before,” Trump said in a 46-minute speech on social media.
– It’s about pollsters who weren’t allowed to watch. So it’s illegal. It’s about the ballots that flowed in and only a few knew where they came from. … It is about faulty machines, stopped machines.
None of these statements are true.
A look at the statements and the reality:
TRUMP: “You can’t let another person steal that choice from you.”
FACTS: For the sake of clarity, no election has been stolen from Trump.
A month after the November 3 election, and when states begin to justify their votes, Trump insists on false notions of voter fraud, which Attorney General William Barr disputed as unfounded and not significant enough to overthrow Biden’s victory margin.
Biden won 306 voter votes for Trump’s 232, which was the same difference as Trump’s when he beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, which he repeatedly called a “landslide”. (Trump ended up with 304 voter votes because two voters failed.) Biden won by prevailing in key states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia.
Trump’s allegations of massive voting fraud have been refuted by a number of judges, state election officials and part of his own administration’s Department of Homeland Security. Many of his campaign lawsuits have been dismissed in court across the country. And his administration has already agreed to begin a formal transfer of power to Biden.
Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that they found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. “To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have achieved a different result in the election,” he said.
In none of the cases were any irregularities found that would alter the result. The remaining lawsuits do not contain any evidence that could reverse the result.
TRUMP: “I’m going from a lot of wins to a loss of tight competition. This is corrupt.
TRUMP: “It’s about the big leads, the huge leads, the leads on election night, where they were congratulated on the decisive, easy win, and suddenly in the morning or a few days later, those leads quickly evaporated.”
FACTS: There has been no mass corruption. Trump actually describes a legitimate vote counting process, not a sudden flare-up of irregularity that no one has seen before.
News organizations and officials warned in the days and weeks before the election that the results were likely to come the same way: Personal votes, which are usually counted faster, are likely to favor the president, who has been warning his supporters for months to avoid postal voting. and vote in person either early or on election day.
And voting for mail takes longer because they need to be removed from the envelope and checked before they are counted, which would benefit Biden. This pattern was exacerbated by the fact that many states have banned the early counting of mail received before election day.
In addition, big cities often report their numbers more slowly, and these votes tend to distort Democrats. Similarly, many states usually count mail at the end of the process.
TRUMP: “In Wisconsin, for example, where we are heading up on election night, we were miraculously lost by 20,000 votes. And here I can show you that in Wisconsin, we drive a lot, and then at 3:42 in the morning it was. It was a huge dumping of votes. Mostly Biden.
FACTS: No, there was no “huge counting of votes” in the middle of the night. Milwaukee election officials finished counting roughly 169,000 absentee ballots in the city around 3 a.m.
Wisconsin law requires that the results of missing votes be announced at the same time. The count of missing ballots was streamed live on YouTube for anyone to view. When this was completed, Milwaukee police escorted the city election director from the central polling station to the county court to serve the ballot boxes with the ballot boxes.
TRUMP, of the Dominion Voting Systems election software used in many states: “If we look at who controls the company, who is responsible, who is the owner – what we don’t know – where are the votes – which do we think matters? abroad, not in the United States – the domination is a disaster. “
FACTS: The servers running Dominion software are in local election offices, not in foreign countries. Allegations that the company has foreign servers or has connections to Germany or Venezuela are false.
It is true that the company is privately owned and does not disclose its financial data, but New York-based private equity firm Staple Street Capital has had a majority stake in Dominion since 2018. Fictitious claims say Dianne Feinstein, the Clinton family, Nancy Pelosi and Hugo Chavez own the Dominion.
“There is no evidence that any voting system has canceled or lost its votes, changed its votes, or been in any way threatened,” in the 2020 elections, the federal cyber security and infrastructure security agency said in a joint statement.
TRUMP: “In one Michigan county, for example, that used Dominion systems, it was found that nearly 6,000 votes were mistakenly switched from Trump to Biden. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. That’s what we caught. How many did we not catch?
FACTS: This is a misrepresentation.
It is true that the tabular problem of the 2020 elections affected a few thousand votes in Antrim County, Michigan. But it was the result of human error.
When the Republican-minded county originally reported a landslide to Biden, social media users began to suspect the Dominion election management system used to tabulate the data.
It turned out that the Michigan Secretary of State said Dominion was not at fault. “There was no malice, no fraud, just human error,” Sheryl Guy, a county official, told the AP. The table error has been corrected.
Eddie Perez, a voting technology expert at the OSET Institute, an impartial nonprofit organization for election technology research and development, agreed that the Michigan case is the result of a human vote that involves voting technology, not the software itself.
TRUMP: “The dead – and we have many examples – filled out the ballots, made applications, and then voted.”
FACTS: He reiterates the false claim that the dead vote, especially in Pennsylvania and Michigan. But there is no evidence that this has happened, and officials in both states say the allegations are unfounded.
The false claim that deceased voters vote “comes up in every election,” said Jason Roberts, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Experts have told the AP that there are voters on the state electoral roll whose date of birth becomes impossible, but these are usually explained by problems with human error, software oddities, or voter secrecy.
“A similar complaint has been filed in PA court – and has been firmly dismissed,” the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office said in a statement. “The court found no deficiency in how the PA maintains its voter register, and there is currently no evidence that any of the deceased would have voted in the 2020 election.”
Tracy Wimmer, a spokeswoman for the Michigan State Secretary’s office, told the AP that in rare cases, a vote from voters can be recorded as if the person is too old to be alive. This can occur if an incorrect year of birth is entered in the electoral roll.
Allegations of dead voters appear to stem from a federal lawsuit alleging that Pennsylvania was unable to “maintain an accurate and up-to-date voter list,” which includes 21,000 apparently deceased registrars. But this is not the same as the votes of dead people cast and counted. On November 5, the Indiana-based Conservative Group, a public interest law foundation, amended the lawsuit against Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.
The group has taken legal action in some places to try to force a voter roll. In December 2019, the group filed a lawsuit against Detroit election officials, claiming that the city has more than 2,500 dead on the electoral roll – including one born in 1823. The lawsuit was halted in June 2020 after election officials updated the voter register.
TRUMP: “In Pennsylvania, large quantities of postal and absentee ballots were processed illegally and secretly in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties without our observers being present. They were not allowed to be present. … They were thrown out of the building.
FACTS: You’re wrong.
Trump completely misleads the state court case and what happened at the polls. No one tried to ban public opinion representatives representing individual parties in the election. Democrats did not try to prevent Republican MPs from observing the process.
The main issue in the case was how close observers representing the parties could get to election workers who processed mail in Philadelphia. Trump’s representatives sued to allow observers to get closer than the directives allowed. The court granted this request.
The census in Philadelphia was broadcast live, and Trump’s attorneys admitted in court that they had observers in the room in their campaign – in “non-zero” numbers, as they put it. Voting observers have no role in counting votes.
Associated press writers Arijeta Lajka, Michael Balsamo and Colleen Long contributed to the report.
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