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Trump allies are among frequent purveyors of election misinformation

By: New York Occasions |

Up to date: November 20, 2020 10:21:12 pm


President Donald Trump speaks throughout an election night time occasion within the East Room of the White Home in Washington, early Wednesday morning, Nov. 4, 2020. (Picture: Doug Mills/The New York Occasions)

Written by Linda Qiu

President Donald Trump and his allies have constantly amplified false and unsubstantiated claims about voting as they wage a multifront assault on the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

A preelection evaluation from the Election Integrity Partnership discovered that posts from 20 Twitter accounts, together with 13 verified and Trump himself, accounted for one-fifth of all shares of voting-related misinformation in its database.

Of the 13 verified accounts, all however three had tweeted at the least one declare of election misinformation this week.

Trump was one of the vital frequent purveyors.

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This week, he has falsely accused Detroit of reporting extra votes than folks (it didn’t); wrongly declared that Michigan “refused to certify the election outcomes” (it’s not scheduled to take action till Monday); claimed a “large victory” after a Nevada fee declined to confirm the outcomes of a neighborhood race (it didn’t have an effect on the presidential election); and shared a picture purporting to point out that President-elect Joe Biden acquired a “dump” of greater than 143,000 votes in Wisconsin a day after the election at 3:42 a.m., “after they realized he was dropping badly” (Milwaukee, a Democratic stronghold, continued to depend votes all through that night time).

These 4 false posts alone amassed greater than 370,000 retweets on Twitter in addition to 247,000 shares on Fb, in keeping with a New York Occasions tally.

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Trump allies who’ve additionally amplified false claims embrace Charlie Kirk, a conservative activist, who promoted deceptive claims about “discovered ballots.” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, raised the specter of pc “glitches” that switched votes. Chuck Callesto and Omar Navarro, who each have run unsuccessfully for Congress, amplified unsubstantiated claims of a rigged election raised by Sidney Powell, an election lawyer for Trump, which relied on doubtful connections to Venezuela.

Trump’s son Eric, Benny Johnson of the conservative nonprofit Turning Level USA, and Jim Holt of the pro-Trump Gateway Pundit weblog additionally all shared Trump’s inaccurate tweet in regards to the Wisconsin vote tally.

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Members of Trump’s election authorized crew have performed a task, too. Three of these attorneys — Rudy Giuliani, Powell and Jenna Ellis — held a news convention Thursday the place they repeated many debunked falsehoods and unsubstantiated theories. Giuliani and Powell specifically have promoted speculative and false claims about Dominion Voting Programs and Smartmatic, two election software program corporations.

A legion of conservative media retailers, activists and lawmakers have additionally unfold claims from the president and his aides.

Kirk, Giuliani, Powell, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, conservative creator Dinesh D’Souza and Emerald Robinson, a White Home correspondent at Newsmax, all repeated the false declare that votes had been being tabulated in Frankfurt, Germany, and Barcelona, Spain.

Equally, right-wing personalities like Sean Hannity of Fox News and Chanel Rion of One America News Community have helped unfold bogus claims about Dominion and have been seen thousands and thousands of occasions, at the least partially due to Trump’s promotion on Fb and Twitter.

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