President Trump and his allies have steadily reinforced false and baseless claims about voting as they launch a multi-front attack on the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
A pre-election analysis by the Election Integrity Partnership found that posts from 20 Twitter accounts, including 13 verified and Mr. Trump himself, accounted for one-fifth of all voting-related misinformation in their database.
Of the 13 accounts verified, all but three had tweeted at least one election misinformation claim this week.
Mr. Trump was one of the most common suppliers.
This week, he falsely accused Detroit of reporting more votes than people (it did not), falsely stating Michigan "refused to confirm election results" (not scheduled until Monday), and a "big one." Victory "required. After a Nevada commission refused to review the results of a local race (it didn't affect the presidential election) and shared a picture that allegedly showed President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a "dump" of more than 143,000 votes received in Wisconsin the day after the election at 3:42 am, "when they learned he was losing heavily" (Milwaukee, a Democratic stronghold, continued to count votes all night).
These four false posts alone have amassed more than 370,000 retweets on Twitter and 247,000 shares on Facebook, according to a New York Times balance sheet.
Trump allies who have also reinforced false claims include Charlie Kirk, the conservative activist who promoted misleading claims about "ballots found". Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, raised the specter of computer errors that switched voices. Chuck Callesto and Omar Navarro, both unsuccessful candidates for Congress, reinforced unsubstantiated allegations of rigged elections made by Sidney Powell, an electoral attorney, for Mr Trump, who relied on dubious ties to Venezuela.
Mr. Trump's son Eric, Benny Johnson of the conservative nonprofit Turning Point USA, and Jim Holt of the pro-Trump Gateway Pundit blog also shared Mr. Trump's inaccurate tweet about the Wisconsin vote list.
Members of Mr Trump's suffrage team also played a role. Three of these attorneys – Rudolph W. Giuliani, Ms. Powell and Jenna Ellis – held a press conference Thursday repeating many exposed lies and unsubstantiated theories. In particular, Mr. Giuliani and Ms. Powell have made speculative and false claims about Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, two voting software companies.
A legion of conservative media, activists and lawmakers have also promoted demands from the president and his aides.
Mr. Kirk, Mr. Giuliani, Ms. Powell, Texas Representative Louie Gohmert, Conservative author Dinesh D & # 39; Souza, and Emerald Robinson, a White House correspondent for Newsmax, all reiterated the false claim that votes were tabulated in Frankfurt and Barcelona would.
Similarly, right-wing figures like Sean Hannity of Fox News and Chanel Rion of One America News Network have helped spread false claims about Dominion and have been viewed a million times, thanks at least in part to Mr. Trump's advertising on Facebook and Twitter.