I’ve watched or learn the transcript of each Trump speech since late 2016. I’ve cataloged hundreds and hundreds of his false claims.
I’ve by no means seen him lie extra totally and extra egregiously than he did on Thursday night at the White Home.
This is a rundown:
Trump alleged that unnamed opponents of his are “attempting to steal an election” and “attempting to rig an election.”
Information First: That is totally baseless. This election is reputable. Trump’s opponents will not be attempting to steal it. Election officers are merely counting legally forged votes.
Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia
Trump claimed that he “received” the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia, citing his substantial early leads in the vote counts there.
Information First: That is false. Holding a lead earlier than all of the votes are counted is, clearly, not the similar as having received — and Trump has misplaced Wisconsin and Michigan, based on MeSlop projections. At the time of his speech, he was additionally in bother in Pennsylvania as votes from Democratic-leaning areas have been counted, and his margin in Georgia was shrinking quick as the rely continued.
Trump known as mail-in voting “a corrupt system,” including later that there’s “super corruption and fraud going on.”
The legitimacy of the rely, half 1
Trump started the speech by saying, “In case you rely the authorized votes, I simply win. In case you rely the unlawful votes, they’ll attempt to steal the election from us.”
Information First: That is, once more, simply false. Trump was on the verge of defeat as a result of authorized votes continued to be counted. There was no foundation for his suggestion that “unlawful votes” have been being counted, actually not that such votes have been the purpose he was in electoral bother.
The legitimacy of the rely, half 2
Trump claimed, “We have been profitable in all of the key places by so much, truly, and our numbers began miraculously getting whittled away. …” He added, “They wish to learn how many votes they want after which they appear to have the ability to discover them. They wait and wait after which they discover them. …”
Information First: There is no such thing as a foundation for Trump’s suggestion that one thing nefarious had prompted some of his results in shrink or that anyone was nefariously manipulating the vote counts. His leads had shrunk in some states as a result of totally reputable mail-in ballots have been being counted. As a result of many extra Democrats than Republicans selected to vote by mail, the order of the counts in these states prompted Trump to lose floor in the vote totals over time.
In different states like Florida, the place mail-in ballots have been counted sooner than in-person votes, Trump truly gained floor in the totals over time — as he has in Arizona, which remained too near name at the time of his speech.
The legitimacy of the rely, half 3
Trump claimed, “In a number of swing states, counting was halted for hours and hours on election night time, with outcomes withheld from main Democrat-run places, solely to seem later. They usually actually appeared, and so they all had the title Biden on them, or simply about all, I believe nearly all. All of them had the title Biden on them, which is slightly unusual.”
Information First: Trump’s innuendo is baseless. Totally different states counted their ballots at completely different speeds, however there isn’t a foundation to assert that outcomes have been suspiciously “withheld” — some counties and states at all times take some time to rely and to report — or that there was one thing suspicious about Biden’s dominance in the late levels of the rely in some states. Once more, Biden’s features have been a outcome of reputable mail-in ballots being counted.
It isn’t true that “all” or “nearly all” mail ballots being counted on Wednesday or Thursday have been for Biden. Biden handily led Trump in these batches of ballots, however Trump was getting tens of hundreds of votes from mail voters in locations like Pennsylvania and Michigan, too.
The legitimacy of the rely, half 4
Trump mentioned, “It is superb how these mail-in ballots are so one-sided.”
Information First: There may be nothing suspicious about the indisputable fact that way more Biden voters than Trump voters selected to vote by mail: Biden inspired his supporters to take action, whereas Trump relentlessly disparaged mail-in voting as fraud-prone and unsafe.
Democrats and the rely
Trump mentioned, “There at the moment are only some states but to be determined in the presidential race. The voting equipment of these states are run in all instances by Democrats.” He later added that “the election equipment in Georgia is run by Democrats.”
Information First: That is false. Georgia’s prime elections official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, is a Republican. So is Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske of Nevada, a state the place the race was additionally shut at the time.
There may be additionally no foundation to recommend that the Democratic election officers in different states have accomplished something incorrect. And it’s native counties that really rely the votes.
Votes and Election Day?
Trump declared that “no unlawful votes” needs to be allowed to be forged after Election Day, suggesting that such unlawful voting was occurring.
Information First: Votes will not be being forged after Election Day; votes are being counted after Election Day, as at all times. And a few states settle for mail ballots acquired after Election Day if they’re postmarked on or earlier than Election Day.
Trump claimed that states had despatched out tens of thousands and thousands of “unsolicited” ballots “with none verification measures in anyway.” He was referring to states that mailed a poll to every eligible registered voter with out requiring a particular request.
Detroit and Philadelphia
Trump claimed, “Detroit and Philadelphia, identified as two of the most corrupt political locations wherever in our nation, simply, can’t be answerable for engineering the consequence of a presidential race, an important presidential race.”
Information First: There was no foundation for Trump’s suggestion that Detroit and Philadelphia had accomplished something incorrect in this election, a lot much less that they have been “engineering the consequence.” Their native counties have been merely counting votes, like each different native county.
Election observers in Detroit
Trump claimed, “Our marketing campaign has been denied entry to watch any counting in Detroit.”
Grayer mentioned she has seen two individuals get kicked out, one a Republican who refused to put on a masks over their nostril and one of undetermined affiliation for inflicting a disturbance whereas sporting a Halloween masks. However that is not the similar as no Trump observers being allowed in any respect.
Coated home windows
Trump claimed, “One main hub for counting ballots in Detroit coated up the home windows once more with giant items of cardboard and they also needed to guard and block the counting space. They did not need anyone seeing the counting, although these have been observers, authorized observers that have been presupposed to be there.”
Information First: That is deceptive: Republican ballot challengers have been already inside the facility in Detroit when some home windows have been coated on Wednesday after extra Republicans arrived on scene.
Garcia mentioned in a press release: “Some — however not all — home windows have been coated, as a result of ballot employees seated simply inside these home windows expressed considerations about individuals exterior the heart photographing and filming them and their work. Solely the media is allowed to take footage inside the counting place, and other people exterior the heart weren’t listening to requests to cease filming ballot employees and their paperwork. Lots of of challengers from each events have been inside the central counting board all afternoon and all night; dozens of reporters have been in the room too. Always, individuals exterior the heart may see in via home windows that have been additional away from counting board work areas.”
A pipe bursting in Georgia
Trump claimed, “In Georgia, a pipe burst in a faraway location completely unrelated to the location of what was occurring, and so they stopped counting for 4 hours.”
The problem did trigger a four-hour delay. No ballots have been broken, officers mentioned.
The legitimacy of polls
Trump delivered some reputable criticism of the inaccuracy of many polls. However then he mentioned that “the pollsters bought it knowingly incorrect,” saying they have been trying the “suppression” of his supporters.
Information First: That is baseless. Trump was right that some polls have been approach off, however there isn’t a proof that pollsters have been attempting to be incorrect — at appreciable public embarrassment to themselves.
The standing of the Senate
Trump mentioned, “We saved the Senate regardless of having twice as many seats to defend as Democrats.”
Information First: It was unclear at the time whether or not Republicans would maintain the Senate — in half as a result of one race in Georgia was heading for a January runoff election and different Georgia race appeared more likely to be going to a runoff as effectively. (Some extra Senate races in different states, in which Republicans held leads, had additionally not but been known as by media retailers.)
MeSlop’s Tara Subramaniam contributed to this text.