It has additionally joined Trump in utilizing laughably weak supposed evidence to make the case. Particularly, it’s baselessly arguing that increases in voter turnout are an indication that one thing nefarious occurred.
RNC nationwide spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington has made quite a few false or deceptive claims since Election Day, groundlessly alleging that Democrats are attempting to steal the election and that Joe Biden can’t presumably have legitimately earned extra votes than Barack Obama. On Tuesday, her Twitter feed grew to become particularly absurd.
That is, frankly, ridiculous.
There isn’t any evidence of widespread fraud wherever within the nation, together with within the counties Harrington highlighted. Elevated voter participation isn’t an indication that one thing shady happened.
And Harrington was each cherry-picking and misusing knowledge — omitting numbers which can be inconvenient to her case, and inaccurately describing others.
1) Turnout was up nationally — in each Democratic-leaning and Republican-leaning states and counties.
In different phrases, there was nothing remotely uncommon about Biden rising his vote totals within the specific counties wherein Harrington pointedly talked about that Biden had improved on Clinton’s vote totals. As a result of extra folks voted on the whole, each for Biden and for Trump, Biden improved on Clinton’s vote totals in most of the nation — even in counties he misplaced handily.
2) Biden made greater share positive aspects in key suburban counties round Milwaukee and Detroit than he did within the city counties themselves.
In her thread, Harrington didn’t point out Biden’s efficiency in Waukesha or Ozaukee.
3) Within the Detroit space, Trump’s improve in votes between 2020 and 2016 was really greater, in share phrases, than Biden’s improve.
Harrington desires folks to assume it’s suspicious that Biden received 13% extra votes than Clinton in Wayne County, Michigan. However Trump improved within the county by much more than Biden did: his 2020 whole was greater than 15% larger than his 2016 whole there.
Votes in New York and Illinois
This was not the top of Harrington’s dishonesty within the Twitter thread.
She then cited some instances wherein Biden supposedly received far fewer votes than Clinton. However these tweets, too, had been extremely deceptive — as a result of she was evaluating remaining 2016 vote totals for Clinton to partial 2020 vote totals for Biden.
However Harrington’s personal tweet exhibits why this calculation is invalid. Within the 2020 screenshot she posted, the Occasions famous that its Manhattan figures on the time had been with simply “60% of estimated votes reported.” In different phrases, 1000’s and 1000’s of Manhattan votes had not but been added to Biden’s whole.