AP FACT CHECK: Trump right group of workers’s batch of counterfeit vote claims
No topic an absence of proof of trendy irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s right group of workers outdated a Thursday press convention to struggle through a laundry list of some distance-fetched, completely debunked claims on the 2020 election.
Trump attorney Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election programs flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. voting data and election machine created in Venezuela “on the course of Hugo Chavez” — the leisurely Venezuelan president who died in 2013. She also stated Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide,” which he decidedly didn’t — Biden became as soon as the actual winner.
A stare on the claims and truth:
POWELL: “The Dominion Vote casting Systems, the Smartmatic technology machine, and the machine that goes in other computerized voting programs here as properly, no longer right Dominion, were created in Venezuela on the course of Hugo Chavez to contain certain he never lost an election after one constitutional referendum came out the very best map he did now not desire it to realize out.”
THE FACTS: No, Dominion does no longer beget any ties to Venezuela, nor does it beget a partnership with Smartmatic, in accordance to Eddie Perez, a voting technology expert on the OSET Institute, a nonpartisan election technology review and constructing nonprofit.
Smartmatic is a world company incorporated in Florida by Venezuelan founders. The corporate states on its internet spot that it’s no longer associated with governments or political parties of any country.
POWELL: “One in every of (the machine’s) most characteristic aspects is its means to flip votes. It’s going to station and shuffle an algorithm that most definitely ran all the very best map during the country to spend a undeniable 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 programs switched votes for Trump to count as votes for Biden. An announcement released by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Company, a federal agency that oversees U.S. election safety, says there’s no truth to claims that votes solid for Trump were switched to count for Biden or deleted.
POWELL, on experiences that a U.S. voting server is in Germany: “That is honest, it’s one way or the opposite associated to this however I attain no longer know whether or no longer right guys purchased it or contaminated guys purchased it.”
THE FACTS: No, it’s no longer honest. Powell is referencing a fictitious fable that a server data superhighway data superhighway hosting proof of voting irregularities within the Nov. 3 U.S. election became as soon as in Germany.
Republican In discovering. Louie Gohmert of Texas claimed last week that “U.S. Military forces” seized a server from a Frankfurt station of enterprise. An Military spokesman described allegations that the Military had recovered servers in Germany as counterfeit.
Two voting machine firms that conspiracy theorists stated were linked to the German server — Scytl and Dominion — beget each released statements denying these claims.
POWELL: “President Trump received by a landslide.”
THE FACTS: That’s counterfeit. 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 the same margin Trump had in 2016. Lend a hand then, Trump described it as a “landslide.” Biden also leads the liked 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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