AP FACT CHECK: Trump staunch crew’s batch of untrue vote claims
Despite a lack of proof of standard irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s staunch crew former a Thursday press conference to battle thru a laundry list of far-fetched, thoroughly debunked claims on the 2020 election.
Trump attorney Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election systems flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. balloting files and election tool created in Venezuela “on the route of Hugo Chavez” — the late Venezuelan president who died in 2013. She additionally acknowledged Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide,” which he decidedly didn’t — Biden grow to be the certain winner.
A leer on the claims and actuality:
POWELL: “The Dominion Voting Programs, the Smartmatic abilities tool, and the tool that goes in other computerized balloting systems right here as successfully, no longer beautiful Dominion, were created in Venezuela on the route of Hugo Chavez to assemble obvious he by no components lost an election after one constitutional referendum got right here out the model he did not want it to near out.”
THE FACTS: No, Dominion does no longer cling any ties to Venezuela, nor does it cling a partnership with Smartmatic, per Eddie Perez, a balloting abilities educated on the OSET Institute, a nonpartisan election abilities learn and pattern nonprofit.
Smartmatic is a world company incorporated in Florida by Venezuelan founders. The corporate states on its net attach that it’s no longer associated with governments or political occasions of any country.
POWELL: “Even handed one of (the tool’s) most attribute aspects is its capacity to flip votes. It could well screech and tear an algorithm that doubtlessly ran everywhere the country to earn a certain share 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 depend as votes for Biden. An announcement launched by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, a federal company that oversees U.S. election security, says there’s no fact to claims that votes solid for Trump were switched to depend for Biden or deleted.
POWELL, on reviews that a U.S. balloting server is in Germany: “That is correct, it’s one blueprint or the other associated to this however I finish no longer know whether or no longer real guys got it or detestable guys got it.”
THE FACTS: No, it’s no longer correct. Powell is referencing a fictitious story that a server net hosting proof of balloting irregularities within the Nov. 3 U.S. election grow to be in Germany.
Republican Procure. Louie Gohmert of Texas claimed final week that “U.S. Navy forces” seized a server from a Frankfurt screech of labor. An Navy spokesman described allegations that the Navy had recovered servers in Germany as untrue.
Two balloting tool companies that conspiracy theorists acknowledged were linked to the German server — Scytl and Dominion — cling both launched statements denying those claims.
POWELL: “President Trump won by a landslide.”
THE FACTS: That’s untrue. Biden has an Electoral College lead of 306 to 232 after The Linked Press on Thursday declared him the winner in Georgia. That’s the the same margin Trump had in 2016. Relieve then, Trump described it as a “landslide.” Biden additionally leads the usual vote by nearly 6 million votes.
Linked Press writers Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this story.
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