WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has flooded his first political march after the election with unmasked conspiracy theories and audacious falsehoods Saturday when he won the election he had decidedly lost.
An example of his remarks in Valdosta, Georgia:
TRUMP: “If I lost, I would be a very merciful loser.”
THE FACTS: There is no ‘if’. He lost, refused to concede, did not congratulate the winner and persisted in allegations of electoral fraud that courts and officials across the breadth of the battlefield and in Washington deserved.
TRUMP, trying to cast doubt on the more than 80 million votes cast for President-elect Joe Biden: ‘When he gave a Thanksgiving Day speech on the Internet, they say he had less than a thousand people . … How do you have 80 million votes if you have less than a thousand people? ‘
THE FACTS: This is a very fake version and one example among many of Trump grabbing at the thinnest straw. Millions of people watched Biden’s Thanksgiving remarks.
The false claim that less than 1,000 viewers seem to have grown has grown out of a screenshot that someone posted on Twitter and that changes the number of viewers at some point, tuned to a single live stream of the speech. But Biden’s Thanksgiving speech, a day before the holiday, aired live on several major media outlets – each with its own number of viewers – delivering more than 1 million online views in the first few days, as measured by only a sample of sites.
A video of Biden’s speech on his official Facebook page alone showed more than 540,000 views, and more than watched it on the NBC and ABC YouTube channels.
Biden posted a shorter video on the holiday itself. It registered more than 5 million times on Twitter a day later.
TRUMP, indicating that ballot papers were found in horrific places: “When the numbers come from ceilings and come from leather bags, do you start saying what’s going on?”
THE FACTS: Nothing unusual was in progress. This remark was the latest version of a false allegation he spread about suitcases stuffed on ballot boxes, found under a table-covered table and counted unsupervised.
A video circulated on social media and shared by Trump contains footage of the processing of ballots on election night in Atlanta. It showed regular polls on wheels – not suitcases – and a state investigator and an independent monitor observed the counting of the polls until the work for the night was done, state officials said.
Courts and election officials in battlefields across the country have systematically dismissed Trump’s persistent allegations that the election was accompanied by fraud.
TRUMP on the now-concluded presidential contest: “We win this election.”
THE FACTS: No, it’s over and Biden has defeated him.
When California Confirms Presidential Election On Friday, Biden placed the best in the Electoral College, pushing his certified election vote totally beyond the 270 threshold needed to become president. He garnered 279 electoral votes and is on track to finish with 306 to Trump’s 232 once more states confirm their results.
The voters will meet in their states on December 14 to make the national result formal.
TRUMP: “We won Georgia, just so you understand.”
THE FACTS: No, he did not.
Trump lost Georgia in an election that the state certified for Biden. Republican election officials confirmed that the election had been conducted and counted fairly. No reliable claims of fraud or systemic errors were made.
An audit was initiated by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, that caused a complete retelling that confirmed Biden’s victory in Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp, also a Republican, denied Trump’s request Saturday to convene a special legislative session to try to undermine the outcome.
Associated Press authors Ben Nadler in Atlanta, Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Ali Swenson in Seattle contributed to this report.
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