AP FACT CHECK: Trump just staunch crew’s batch of pretend vote claims
Despite a lack of evidence of favorite irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s just staunch crew aged a Thursday press conference to battle thru a laundry checklist of a long way-fetched, completely debunked claims on the 2020 election.
Trump lawyer Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election techniques flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. balloting files and election software created in Venezuela “on the route of Hugo Chavez” — the uninteresting Venezuelan president who died in 2013. She also acknowledged Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide,” which he decidedly didn’t — Biden was the determined winner.
A enjoy a look on the claims and truth:
POWELL: “The Dominion Voting Methods, the Smartmatic know-how software, and the software that goes in assorted computerized balloting techniques right here as properly, now not staunch Dominion, enjoy been created in Venezuela on the route of Hugo Chavez to make certain that that he never misplaced an election after one constitutional referendum came out the methodology he did now not need it to advance aid out.”
THE FACTS: No, Dominion doesn’t enjoy any ties to Venezuela, nor does it enjoy a partnership with Smartmatic, in step with Eddie Perez, a balloting know-how expert on the OSET Institute, a nonpartisan election know-how analysis and style nonprofit.
Smartmatic is an world firm integrated in Florida by Venezuelan founders. The firm states on its web assign that it’s now not associated with governments or political parties of any country.
POWELL: “One amongst (the software’s) most attribute aspects is its capability to flip votes. It must location and trot an algorithm that potentially ran all over the set the country to select up a definite share of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden.”
THE FACTS: That didn’t happen. There’s no evidence that any of Dominion’s techniques switched votes for Trump to count as votes for Biden. An announcement released by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, a federal company that oversees U.S. election security, says there’s no truth to claims that votes solid for Trump enjoy been switched to count for Biden or deleted.
POWELL, on experiences that a U.S. balloting server is in Germany: “That’s beautiful, it’s by some means linked to this nonetheless I manufacture now not know whether or now not apt guys obtained it or faulty guys obtained it.”
THE FACTS: No, it’s now not beautiful. Powell is referencing a fictitious legend that a server web hosting evidence of balloting irregularities within the Nov. 3 U.S. election was in Germany.
Republican Obtain. Louie Gohmert of Texas claimed last week that “U.S. Navy forces” seized a server from a Frankfurt assign of job. An Navy spokesman described allegations that the Navy had recovered servers in Germany as pretend.
Two balloting software companies that conspiracy theorists acknowledged enjoy been linked to the German server — Scytl and Dominion — enjoy both released statements denying those claims.
POWELL: “President Trump won by a landslide.”
THE FACTS: That’s pretend. Biden has an Electoral College lead of 306 to 232 after The Associated Press on Thursday declared him the winner in Georgia. That’s the identical margin Trump had in 2016. Inspire then, Trump described it as a “landslide.” Biden also leads the trendy vote by nearly 6 million votes.
Associated Press writers Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this file.
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