President Trump and his allies have repeatedly amplified false and unsubstantiated claims about voting as they wage a multi-front assault on the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
A pre-election evaluation from the Election Integrity Partnership discovered that posts from 20 Twitter accounts, together with 13 verified and Mr. Trump himself, accounted for a fifth of all shares of voting-related misinformation in its database.
Of the 13 verified accounts, all however three had tweeted not less than one declare of election misinformation this week.
Mr. Trump was probably the most frequent purveyors.
This week, he has falsely accused Detroit of reporting extra votes than folks (it did not), wrongly declared that Michigan “refused to certify the election outcomes” (it is not scheduled to do so until Monday), claimed a “massive victory” after a Nevada fee declined to confirm the outcomes of an area race (it did not affect the presidential election), and shared a picture purporting to indicate that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. obtained a “dump” of greater than 143,000 votes in Wisconsin a day after the election at 3:42 a.m., “once they realized he was shedding badly” (Milwaukee, a Democratic stronghold, continued to count votes throughout that night).
These 4 false posts alone amassed greater than 370,000 retweets on Twitter, in addition to 247,000 shares on Fb, in line with a New York Occasions tally.
The Trump allies who’ve additionally amplified false claims embody Charlie Kirk, the conservative activist, who promoted deceptive claims about “discovered ballots.” Tom Fitton, the 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 Mr. Trump, which relied on dubious connections to Venezuela.
Mr. 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 Mr. Trump’s inaccurate tweet in regards to the Wisconsin vote tally.
Members of Mr. Trump’s election authorized crew have performed a job, too. Three of these legal professionals — Rudolph W. Giuliani, Ms. Powell and Jenna Ellis — held a news conference on Thursday the place they repeated many debunked falsehoods and unsubstantiated theories. Mr. Giuliani and Ms. Powell specifically have promoted speculative and false claims about Dominion Voting Methods and Smartmatic, two election software program firms.
A legion of conservative media retailers, activists and lawmakers have additionally unfold claims from the president and his aides.
Mr. Kirk, Mr. Giuliani, Ms. Powell, Consultant Louie Gohmert of Texas, the conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza and Emerald Robinson, a White Home correspondent at Newsmax, all repeated the false claim that votes had been being tabulated in Frankfurt and Barcelona.
Equally, right-wing personalities like Sean Hannity of Fox Information and Chanel Rion of One America Information Community have helped unfold bogus claims about Dominion and have been considered thousands and thousands of occasions, not less than partially due to Mr. Trump’s promotion on Fb and Twitter.