Trump’s flailing effort resting on lying

Trump’s flailing effort resting on lying

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s flailing try to cling to workplace after voters decisively selected to oust him has taken the nation right into a darkish and fictional place.

In accordance with falsehoods being advised on his behalf and embraced by him, the U.S. election was manipulated by scheming from a useless Venezuelan strongman, by a pc system able to flipping Trump votes to Joe Biden ones throughout the nation, and by one thing bizarre taking place in Germany. If that is not sufficient, the communists are coming.

None of this occurred. None of it’s true.

However Trump and his authorized staff are making toxic allegations in hopes that state Republican legislators will shatter the foundational procedures and traditions of U.S. democracy and nullify the voters’ will.

Whereas this performs out, President-elect Biden continues to be denied the briefings and services given throughout presidential transitions. An growing variety of Republican lawmakers say he must be getting that cooperation however they have not completed something to make that occur.

From the previous week:

THE TWEETS

TRUMP: “I WON THE ELECTION! … I received the Election! … I WON THE ELECTION!” — tweets Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.

THE FACTS: No, Biden received the election.

Biden achieved victory in key states corresponding to Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona, topping the edge of 270 electoral votes to clinch the presidency with room to spare.

Biden additionally received Georgia after a recount by hand this previous week. That provides him 306 electoral votes, a complete that Trump known as a “landslide” when states delivered him that quantity in 2016. (Trump ended up with 304 electoral votes as a result of two electors defected.)

Trump’s allegations of large voting fraud have been dismissed by a succession of judges and refuted by state election officers and an arm of his personal administration’s Homeland Safety Division. A lot of his marketing campaign’s lawsuits have been thrown out of court docket.

A coalition of state election officers and the Trump administration’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company have declared that the election was probably the most safe in historical past. Trump responded by firing the pinnacle of his company, Chris Krebs.

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NEWS CONFERENCE THURSDAY

SIDNEY POWELL, Trump lawyer: “President Trump received by a landslide.”

THE FACTS: Two fabrications in a single brief comment.

Biden received. Needing 270 electoral votes to prevail, he has 306 and Trump has 232.

There was no landslide. Trump’s 306 electoral votes in 2016 didn’t make up a landslide win and Biden’s victory was not a landslide, both. Nevertheless it was a snug and unassailable victory. And though it does not matter within the final result, Biden additionally leads the favored vote by almost 6 million. Trump misplaced the favored vote in 2016 by about 3 million.

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POWELL, on Dominion Voting Methods electoral software program utilized in many states: “Considered one of (the software program’s) most attribute options is its capacity to flip votes. It will possibly set and run an algorithm that in all probability ran all around the nation to take a sure share of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden.”

THE FACTS: That didn’t occur. There’s “no proof that any voting system deleted or misplaced votes, modified votes or was in any method compromised,” mentioned the federal company that oversees election safety, within the assertion joined by state and electoral-industry officers.

Towards that, Powell supplied the baseless allegation that it “in all probability” did.

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POWELL: “The Dominion Voting Methods, the Smartmatic expertise software program, and the software program that goes in different computerized voting programs right here as nicely, not simply Dominion, have been created in Venezuela on the route of Hugo Chavez to verify he by no means misplaced an election after one constitutional referendum got here out the way in which he didn’t need it to come back out.”

POWELL: “Smartmatic has been related to the Venezuelan authorities led by Hugo Chavez, which is brazenly hostile to america.”

THE FACTS: To be clear, Chavez just isn’t main the Venezuelan authorities as a result of he’s useless, He died in 2013.

As nicely, Dominion doesn’t have any ties to Venezuela, in accordance with Eddie Perez, a voting expertise professional on the OSET Institute, a nonpartisan election expertise analysis and growth nonprofit. Dominion was based in Canada. The corporate says it’s a competitor with Smartmatic, not a companion.

Smartmatic is integrated in Florida by Venezuelan founders. The corporate states on its web site that it’s not related to governments or political events of any nation.

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POWELL: “What we’re actually coping with right here and uncovering extra by the day is the large affect of communist cash by means of Venezuela, Cuba and sure China and the interference with our elections right here in america.”

THE FACTS: No such communist chicanery has been uncovered. The election safety department of Trump’s Homeland Safety Division mentioned the election was safe in opposition to international interference and all types of mass manipulation.

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POWELL, on reviews {that a} U.S. voting server is in Germany: “That’s true, it’s by some means associated to this however I have no idea whether or not good guys obtained it or dangerous guys obtained it.”

THE FACTS: No, it’s not true. Powell is referring to a fictitious story {that a} server internet hosting proof of voting irregularities within the Nov. 3 U.S. election was in Germany.

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas this month circulated the rumor that “U.S. Military forces” seized a server from a Frankfurt workplace, although he acknowledged it was one thing he noticed on Twitter and “I don’t know the reality.” The Military mentioned the declare was false.

Nonetheless, Powell offered the bogus story as truth.

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Swenson reported from Seattle. Related Press writers Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this report.

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EDITOR’S NOTE — A take a look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

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