President Trump has posted over 300 tweets since election night attacking the integrity of the 2020 election and sparking a cascade of false and misleading allegations. Here is a review.
Incorrect characterization of the coordination process
Just hours after the polls closed on November 3rd, Mr. Trump began to instill suspicion in the vote counting process when he tweeted ominously about "surprise ballot boxes," "find Biden votes," and "miraculously" disappeared leads.
What he was describing was simply counting votes. Election officials warned for months that it could take days or even weeks to count the ballot papers, as there is no postal vote this year. Studies and experts predicted Mr. Trump could lead in key states on election night, but that lead could slowly be torn down as officials continued to count the ballots.
The President has objected to the counting of votes after election day, claiming at least twice that late ballot papers are “illegal”. But 23 states and Washington, D.C., accept postal ballot papers after election day if postmarked by a specified date.
False declarations of victory
Mr. Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed that he "won" the election or predicted he would win after recounts in Georgia and Arizona and court rulings.
In reality, given the huge profit margins of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. in these states, he has virtually no chance of winning. Mr. Biden leads with 14,000 votes in Georgia and approximately 10,000 votes in Arizona – far more than the largest recently overturned lead, several hundred votes in a 2008 Senate election in Minnesota.
Conversely, Mr Trump has objected to news outlets and others who have declared Mr Biden the winner, asking, "Since when has the Lamestream media been calling who our next president will be?"
A media call is not the same as certified results or the final vote in the electoral college, but it's worth noting that The Associated Press has been scheduling presidential elections since 1848 by using reported voting results and "research including demographics, voting history and statistics on pre-selection." "
Baseless allegations of fraud and a stolen election
About two dozen of Mr. Trump's tweets contained general allegations of "widespread electoral fraud", "illegal votes" and "stolen elections". Election officials across the country told the New York Times that there was no evidence that any irregularities affected the outcome of the election.
In some cases, the president gave specific examples of what he called fraud, but these claims had no context, were controversial, or completely false.
He claimed that military votes were "missing" in Georgia. They were not in the state, according to election officials.
He posted a video of election officials collecting ballots and asked, "Is this what our country came to do?" But the footage only showed officials following the legal process: collecting ballot papers from a drop box that was locked at 8 p.m. on election day.
He quoted Richard Hopkins, a postal worker in Erie, Pennsylvania, who claimed the ballot papers were backdated. However, the facility's postmaster denied this had happened, and the Inspector General of the Postal Service informed Congress that Mr. Hopkins had denied his claims.
This weekend he tweeted: "10,000 dead voted in Michigan" because it was a rigged election – although the claim had been debunked days earlier by Michigan officials and news agencies.
False claims about banned observers and unverified signatures
In over a dozen tweets, Mr Trump has complained that election observers were denied access to count ballot papers. However, according to their own statements, this is not the case. A Mr. Trump attorney admitted that the Philadelphia counting room allowed a non-zero number of campaign monitors.
At least four times, the President has falsely alleged that Georgia was prohibited from verifying signatures by an approval decree. As part of a settlement in March, officials are required to notify voters whose signatures have been rejected within three business days and give them the opportunity to resolve issues. It didn't stop officials from verifying signatures.
The Georgian Foreign Minister, a Republican, noted that the state had trained election officials on how to match signatures, required a verified game, and created a portal to verify and verify voters' driver's licenses. (The signatures are not rechecked during the recount as the ballot papers are separated from the signed envelopes during the initial count.)
Unprovokedly accuse a software company of misconduct and Chinese relationships
Dominion Voting Systems has become a particular target of the President's wrath. False conspiracy theories have emerged on social media that "glitches" in the company's software have changed the number of votes.
But Mr. Trump has escalated these inaccurate claims into unfounded allegations that Dominion deliberately "rigged" the election and is a "radical left" corporation. He also tweeted a seven-second video of a Dominion manager, John Poulos, saying, "Components in our products that come from China."
The company, which debunks rumors on a website, says it “works with all political parties; Our customer base and public relations reflect this impartial approach. “Dominion operates in 28 states, including Republican strongholds such as Utah, Kansas and Tennessee, and battlefield states that Mr. Trump won, including Florida and Ohio.
The seven-second clip is from a January Congressional hearing on election security. Mr. Poulos also said that "our tabular products have always been made in the United States."
When asked which components are from China, he quoted "LCD components, the actual glass screen at the interface to the chip component level of capacitors and resistors" and stated that many of these products are not made in the USA – one point earlier made by Mr. Trump himself.