President Donald Trump put forward a new conspiracy in his effort to try to pry away states called for President-elect Joe Biden, this time forwarding a debunked claims that a software firm ‘deleted’ nearly 3 million Trump votes across the country.
Trump, who earlier tweeted about a legal effort to try to prevent states that went for certifying Biden from certifying their results, tagged conservative pro-Trump network OANN and its Washington correspondent, Chanel Rion.
‘REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN,’ read the all-caps missive.
President Trump made the claim of election fraud that Twitter called ‘disputed,’ after he said election software ‘deleted’ millions of Trump ballots and caused thousands to be ‘switched’ from Trump to President-elect Joe Biden
Trump appeared to reference a report on the network that ‘election systems across the country are found to have millions of votes cast for President Trump.’
The report focused on unverified claims that Dominion Voting Systems machines had been responsible for glitches that swung the election to Biden in Michigan and Georgia.
Biden amassed a substantial lead in Michigan and in Georgia leads by 14,000 votes. The state is conducting a hand recount of ballots.
The report Trump quoted also claimed 221,000 votes ‘switched’ from Trump to Biden in Pennsylvania.
According to a New York Times dive into the charges, ‘The Dominion software was used in only two of the five counties that had problems in Michigan and Georgia, and in every instance there was a detailed explanation for what had happened. In all of the cases, software did not affect the vote counts.’
President Trump forwarded a ‘disputed’ claim about election fraud by retweeting a conspiracy theory about voting machines deleting 2.7 million Trump votes
Trump cited a report from the conservative Trump-loyalist OAN network
A Michigan Republican secretary of state pushed back on Internet conspiracy theories
Officials work on ballots at the Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections Headquarters, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Lawrenceville, near Atlanta. Biden leads in Georgia by 14,000 votes
In Michigan, Tina Barton, the Republican clerk in Rochester Hills, pushed back against Internet conspiracy theories after machines accidentally double-counted votes, harming Republicans in a result that was then corrected.
‘As a Republican, I am disturbed that this is intentionally being mischaracterized to undermine the election process,’ she said, issuing a statement both in written form and by video. ‘This was an isolated mistake that was quickly rectified.’
The secretary of state in Antrim County, Michigan called it user error that was quickly identified and rectified.
Gwinnett County, Georgia, officials put out a lengthy statement about ‘batches of absentee by mail ballots that were added to the Election Night totals without being fully adjudicated.’
The problem with the machines turned up when staff ‘discovered earlier in the day that 3,200 batches would not push through because the software showed the adjudication still in progress even though it was completed. Ballots are scanned in batches and must remain together even if only one needs to be reviewed.’
The adjudication process kicks in when a ballot can’t get scanned by a machine. A panel consisting of election staff and representatives from both parties then decide on the ballot.
The background for Trump’s latest claim that millions of votes have been lost comes after a legal strategy that has already hit multiple stumbles, with Biden already amassing enough Electoral College votes while also leading in Arizona and Georgia.
One early witness claiming fraud was revealed to be a convicted child sex offender. A mailman in Michigan who said he overheard a conversation about back-dating ballots later admitted in an interview with the IG’s office that ‘I didn’t hear the whole story – my mind probably added the rest.’
Trump has found backing among Senate Republicans, although two senior Republicans have now said President-elect Joe Biden should start getting top security briefings.