AP FACT CHECK: Trump like minded personnel’s batch of faux vote claims
No matter an absence of proof of frequent irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s like minded personnel venerable a Thursday press convention to struggle thru a laundry list of some distance-fetched, thoroughly debunked claims on the 2020 election.
Trump authorized legit Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election systems flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. voting facts and election tool created in Venezuela “at the route of Hugo Chavez” — the late Venezuelan president who died in 2013. She also mentioned Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide,” which he decidedly didn’t — Biden was the certain winner.
A ask at the claims and actuality:
POWELL: “The Dominion Balloting Systems, the Smartmatic abilities tool, and the tool that goes in a form of computerized voting systems here as properly, no longer honest Dominion, had been created in Venezuela at the route of Hugo Chavez to ensure that he beneath no circumstances misplaced an election after one constitutional referendum came out the system he did no longer need it to approach abet out.”
THE FACTS: No, Dominion does no longer absorb any ties to Venezuela, nor does it absorb a partnership with Smartmatic, per Eddie Perez, a voting abilities skilled at the OSET Institute, a nonpartisan election abilities compare and grace nonprofit.
Smartmatic is a world firm incorporated in Florida by Venezuelan founders. The firm states on its websites that it’s no longer associated with governments or political parties of any nation.
POWELL: “One in all (the tool’s) most attribute system is its potential to flip votes. It’ll jam and lunge an algorithm that doubtlessly ran all over the put the nation to salvage a certain proportion of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden.”
THE FACTS: That didn’t happen. There’s no proof that any of Dominion’s systems switched votes for Trump to count as votes for Biden. A assertion launched by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Safety Agency, a federal agency that oversees U.S. election security, says there’s no fact to claims that votes solid for Trump had been switched to count for Biden or deleted.
POWELL, on reports that a U.S. voting server is in Germany: “That is lawful, it’s by some skill connected to this however I attain no longer know whether like minded guys bought it or defective guys bought it.”
THE FACTS: No, it’s no longer lawful. Powell is referencing a fictitious myth that a server hosting proof of voting irregularities in the Nov. 3 U.S. election was in Germany.
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas claimed final week that “U.S. Military forces” seized a server from a Frankfurt situation of labor. An Military spokesman described allegations that the Military had recovered servers in Germany as faux.
Two voting tool corporations that conspiracy theorists mentioned had been linked to the German server — Scytl and Dominion — absorb both launched statements denying those claims.
POWELL: “President Trump won by a landslide.”
THE FACTS: That’s faux. 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 same margin Trump had in 2016. Wait on then, Trump described it as a “landslide.” Biden also leads the in style vote by almost 6 million votes.
Associated Press writers Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this chronicle.
EDITOR’S NOTE — A ask at the veracity of claims by political figures.
Get hold of AP Reality Exams at http://apnews.com/APFactCheck
Observe @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheck