All of this nonsense, the dozens of voting-related lies we’ve had to debunk over and over and over, appeared to be in service of this current moment — a close election in which he could try to turn the seeds of doubt he had systematically planted in supporters’ minds into full-blown rejection of his possible defeat.
False. There was no “surprise” — votes were, again, simply being counted — and ballots were not being actually dumped anywhere. When political observers tweet about “ballot dumps,” they are not talking about ballots being discarded. Rather, they are referring to moments in which a large quantity of newly counted votes are entered into, or “dumped” into, the public totals.
Once more: entirely false. Nobody was trying to steal anything; there was no evidence of election fraud. And votes were simply being counted after the polls closed, not cast after the polls closed.
Late on Wednesday afternoon, Trump tried an especially feeble bit of deception: proclaiming that “we have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes,” Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina. (States are not Trump’s to “claim” via Twitter. The votes decide who wins them.) Trump then added: “Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact, there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!”
It wasn’t just Trump making phony assertions on Wednesday. As so often over the last four years, he was being aided by an entire ecosystem of pro-Trump misinformation.
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