Trump Continues To Falsely Claim Election Victory, Promotes Conspiracy Theory About Voting Machines
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President Donald Trump continued to falsely claim victory in the U.S. election in a tweet late on Sunday night that was flagged by the platform, after he once again made unproven claims about rigged voting machines, without providing any evidence.

U.S. President Donald Trump has continued to falsely claim that he has won the election despite all … [+] major outlets calling the election in favor of his opponent Joe Biden.

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Key Facts

Just before midnight, Trump posted “I WON THE ELECTION!” on Twitter, which the platform immediately flagged, noting that “official sources called the election differently.”

Trump’s false claim was mocked on Twitter as the phrases “No you didn’t,” “I won the lottery,” and “I am Spartacus” began to trend.

The president also continued to make unsubstantiated allegations about election fraud, including claims that voting machines made by the company Dominion Voting Systems — a company Trump falsely claims is owned by the “radical left” — somehow altered the votes.

One of the videos shared by Trump overnight features Russ Ramsland, a former Republican candidate from Texas, who is being identified as an election security expert, claiming without evidence that votes can easily be altered.

Trump’s latest barrage comes as last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) declared that the 2020 election was “the most secure election in American history.”

Chief Critic

CISA, which was established by Trump in 2018, rebuked the president’s claims about the voting machines releasing an official statement last week: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the agency said, adding that all states with close results have paper records of each vote.

Key Background

Since last week, Trump and his allies have been sharing reports about “computer glitches” by voting machines in Michigan and other states that caused votes to switch from Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. However, as Forbes previously reported, the problems cited in these reports were one-off mistakes limited to a small number of counties. These problems only impacted unofficial vote tallies, not finalized vote counts as they were quickly corrected by election officials. The most spurious of Trump’s allegation about Dominion’s machines was that it had deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide. This data point first originated from a random anonymous post on the pro-Trump message board thedonald.win, was carried by right-wing outlets like One America News Network (OAN) and Gateway Pundit without any verification or proof. 

Tangent

Trump’s latest tweet may be an attempt to backtrack on his apparent acknowledgment of Biden’s victory. Earlier on Sunday, Trump, without naming Biden, tweeted that “He won because it was RIGGED.” The tweet was interpreted by news outlets as a begrudging concession by the president. However, later in the day, Trump made it clear that he will continue to dispute the result, tweeting: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” and “I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”

Further Reading

Trump Just Pushed A Nonsensical Voter Fraud Conspiracy Theory On Twitter. Here’s Where It Came From. (Forbes)

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