The President was no extra factual on Thursday. As of four PM, Twitter had affixed a fact-check warning label to a few of his tweets that day, making it 9 labels since Wednesday. Trump’s allies additionally flooded the zone with a lot misinformation that it was onerous to know the place a reality checker ought to start.

We can’t get right into a Thursday media occasion throughout which Trump surrogates, akin to former appearing director of nationwide intelligence Richard Grenell, made a collection of unproven allegations about voting in Nevada.

Ballots accepted after Election Day


Information First: That is false. Twenty-two states, plus the District of Columbia, are accepting ballots that arrive after Election Day — so long as they arrive by a sure date after Election Day and had been postmarked by Election Day (or, in some circumstances, by a sure date earlier than Election Day). States that settle for these ballots embody Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, Ohio and West Virginia — all of that are ruled by Republicans and all of which had been received by Trump each in 2016 and 2020. (I do know it is simply projections at this level in 2020, however they’re all clear victories.)

Ballots from members of the navy are amongst people who will likely be counted even when they arrive after Election Day.

Trump may maybe have been making an attempt to make a prediction — that, say, Republicans would win authorized challenges to state guidelines on accepting ballots — however his assertion seemed like an official proclamation.

The legitimacy of the votes

Trump mentioned in an all-caps assertion that his marketing campaign emailed to reporters: “IF YOU COUNT THE LEGAL VOTES, I EASILY WIN THE ELECTION! IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, THEY CAN STEAL THE ELECTION FROM US!”

Information First: That’s, once more, simply false. No person is making an attempt to “steal” the election. Votes are merely being counted.

Trump was obscure right here about what he meant by “late,” however the solely votes being counted are these solid by voters who met their states’ deadlines for mailing their ballots — which is, in each case, Election Day or earlier than.

Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania

Newt Gingrich, the Republican former speaker of the Home and a Trump ally, tweeted, “It’s more and more clear that Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania are all being stolen by Democrats and the analysis is sort of actually going to yield way more votes stolen than Biden’s present margins.”

Information First: Like Trump’s declare of election theft, Gingrich’s declare is patently false. There isn’t any foundation for the declare that Democrats are stealing the election in any state.

The conduct of states usually

Trump tweeted, “All of the current Biden claimed States will likely be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud. Lots of proof – simply take a look at the Media.”

Information First: There isn’t any proof of any widespread voter fraud in states Biden is believed to have received. And there’s no proof of any state committing any type of election fraud in any respect.

It is actually attainable that some circumstances of voter fraud will finally emerge; there are sometimes a smattering of circumstances after presidential elections. However all of the proof from earlier presidential elections reveals that voter fraud is exceedingly uncommon, representing a minuscule proportion of votes solid.

The ballots in Pennsylvania

Pam Bondi, the former Florida lawyer common who has been one of the public faces of the Trump marketing campaign’s post-Election Day authorized effort, claimed on the Fox Information present “Fox & Mates” on Thursday morning that there are “pretend ballots” in Pennsylvania which might be “coming in late,” after Election Day.

When “Fox & Mates” co-host Steve Doocy requested Bondi if she had simply mentioned “pretend ballots,” Bondi responded, “There could possibly be, that is the downside.” When Doocy requested for specifics, she didn’t present any.

Information First: There may be merely no proof of “pretend ballots” in Pennsylvania. There may be nothing pretend about ballots that arrive after Election Day.

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court docket dominated in September that ballots will be accepted in the event that they arrive as late as Friday, three days after Election Day, as long as they’re postmarked by Election Day (or do not need a legible postmark however the “preponderance of the proof” doesn’t show they had been mailed after Election Day).
The US Supreme Court docket in October allowed the Pennsylvania courtroom’s determination to face not less than quickly, declining to right away block the determination.
Throughout the state’s vote depend, Pennsylvania officers have been segregating ballots obtained after Election Day from all different ballots in case the courts later resolve to invalidate them.

The vote depend

Hogan Gidley, the Trump marketing campaign’s nationwide press secretary, tweeted: “Ever discover how nobody ever… …all of a sudden… …out of nowhere… …at the actual time they’re wanted… ‘finds’ ballots FOR Republicans?”
Information First: This conspiratorial innuendo is baseless. Democrats had been gaining floor at the time in some key states, akin to Pennsylvania and Georgia, as a result of some mail votes had been being counted final, and extra Democrats than Republicans voted by mail. There may be nothing nefarious about this counting order — and it is price noting that mail votes in Pennsylvania may have been counted sooner if Republican state legislators had not rejected a proposal to begin the course of earlier.

Furthermore, Republicans have made positive aspects over time in some states the place the counting course of is totally different. In Florida, the place counties had been allowed to depend votes as quickly as they obtained mail ballots, Joe Biden jumped out to what ended up being a mirage of an enormous lead on election night time, however Trump overtook him after in-person votes had been counted.

And at the time of Gidley’s tweet, Trump had additionally been gaining in Arizona — shrinking Biden’s preliminary margin simply as the former vice president had eaten into Trump’s margin elsewhere.

Counting after Election Day

It is also price addressing two of the claims White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany made on Fox Information on Wednesday night time. One of them was one other grievance about the vote depend in Pennsylvania.

“We’ve election days on this nation for a motive, as a result of votes are counted on Election Day,” McEnany mentioned.

Information First: That is deceptive at greatest. Whereas many votes are counted on Election Day, some votes are at all times counted afterward. Whereas media retailers generally venture a winner on Election Day, these media “calls” are usually not official.

The 2012 election and Philadelphia

McEnany repeated a conspiracy idea Trump has floated about Philadelphia’s voting in the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. She claimed that there have been “59 totally different precincts the place Mitt Romney obtained exactly zero votes, which may be very unlikely and curious certainly.”
Information First: There isn’t any foundation for the suggestion that Romney’s efficiency in Philadelphia is suspicious. Romney obtained 96,467 Philadelphia votes, about 14% of the metropolis whole. Romney did get zero votes in 50 of the metropolis’s 1,687 voting “divisions,” based on the Philadelphia Inquirer — preliminary experiences used the “59” determine McEnany cited — however these neighborhoods had been overwhelmingly populated by Black residents, and Romney was operating towards the first Black president. Even Republican leaders in the metropolis have mentioned there isn’t any foundation to say the ends in the 50 divisions are proof of fraud.

Voter identification

Grenell steered Democratic opposition to sure voter identification practices was a means they had been making an attempt to illegally get hold of votes of their favor.

In a tweet retweeted greater than 16,000 occasions, together with by Donald Trump Jr., Grenell wrote, “Democrats have at all times been towards displaying an ID with the intention to vote. Now we all know why. They need to depend unlawful votes. Demand we depend solely LEGAL votes.”

Information First: Grenell’s tweet was deceptive on a number of fronts. Democrats haven’t “at all times” been towards displaying identification with the intention to vote, and there isn’t any proof they “need to depend unlawful votes.”

There are a number of conditions by which casting a poll with out displaying an ID can be authorized, particularly in the 15 states (plus Washington, DC) that depend on different varieties of voter verification. In the relaxation of the states, voters are required to current some kind of identification earlier than casting ballots.

In Michigan, voters are requested to current picture IDs. Nonetheless, in the case {that a} voter is unable to provide one, the voter might signal an affidavit that they don’t seem to be in possession of a photograph ID and might vote on an everyday poll.

It’s true that the majority Democrats have been towards stricter voter-ID legal guidelines in the previous, however on grounds that these legal guidelines may disenfranchise voters who might not have entry to vital identification — not with the intention to illegally get hold of votes.

Republicans have wielded this Democratic place on voter ID legal guidelines to color Democrats as complicit in election fraud regardless of the incontrovertible fact that voter fraud is exceedingly uncommon — and that even states that do not require ID produce other strategies to forestall fraud, like signature checks.