EXPLAINER: How Trump Ignored Advisors and Spreading Election Lies | WGN Radio 720

Former President Donald Trump lost re-election to fraud from those closest to him — cabinet officials, campaign officials and even family members — according to an executive summary of the House Jan. 6 committee report. However, Trump spread those lies anyway.

“This wasn’t him hearing this from Joe Biden’s spokesman on MSNBC,” David Becker, co-author of The Big Truth, a book about the damages of Trump’s election lies, said in an interview. said in

Trump’s lies about his 2020 presidential election loss sparked attacks on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, spurring millions in donations to the former president. This is a detail that shows that he was told the truth about his loss and chose to lie about it instead.

plan a lie in advance

A January 6 committee revealed that Trump had long planned to claim victory, whether he actually won or not. It quoted a letter sent to the White House in October 2020 by Tom Fitton of the conservative group Judicial Watch. In it, Fitton urges Trump to say after the polls close: won. “

The commission also obtained a recording of Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Bannon told his peers a week before the election, “All Trump is going to do is declare victory, right? He’s going to declare victory. But that doesn’t mean he’s the winner.” He’s going to say he’s the winner.”

Trump spent months demonizing mail-in ballots, which became popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. The then-president also claimed that the only way he could lose the election was through massive voter fraud. Direct votes were tallied first, temporarily giving him the upper hand. He demanded that local election officials stop counting backlogged votes, which leaned toward Democrats.

In an executive summary of the report, the committee said, “President Trump’s declaring a false victory on Election Night and illegally calling for the vote to be stopped was not a voluntary decision.” It was a target.”

lies about voting machines

By Nov. 7, when those standout Democratic votes were tallied and most news outlets called for Joe Biden to race, Trump’s own campaign knew he had lost.

“The group that went there outlined my beliefs and potential for success at this point,” his campaign manager Bill Stepien testified before the committee. Based on that, we fixed it at 5 percent, maybe 10 percent.”

Stepien added that Trump believes him.

Yet Trump continued to claim he won. His legal team has largely walked away from the case, replaced by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and litigator Sidney Powell.

The president got a development in a rural, conservative county in Michigan. Voting machines initially underestimated his margin of victory. It turned out to be caused by human error. When the paper ballots were tallied and put back into the machine, they were counted correctly.

Trump knew this because Attorney General William Barr told him so on Dec. 1, 2020, the committee says. But the next day, Trump said in his speech: “

Barr and other government officials kept telling Trump that there was nothing suspicious about Michigan or Dominion, a major vendor of voting machines. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen have said Trump has no apparent problems, and even Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, has said the Dominion is a hostile foreign government. But between November 2020 and January 6, 2021, Trump tweeted about 30 times about Dominion, according to the commission.

Dead voters lie about numbers

Trump fanned other conspiracy theories, even though they were said to be false. He claimed that more than 5,000 of his dead voted in Georgia, but he lost by more than 11,000 votes to him. But Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ravensperger, a Republican, corrected him in a Jan. 2 phone call that local election officials would cross-reference obituaries and other data to investigate the matter. said he did

“The actual number was two,” Raffensperger told the president. “Two. Two dead people voted. So it’s wrong.”

Four days later, during a speech at a January 6 rally before his supporters stormed the Capitol, Trump declared: selection. “

Raffensperger also amended other Trump allegations about Georgia, including that 18,325 voters were registered in the vacant lot and 4,925 voters from out of state voted there. But Trump repeated the same thing during the run-up to January 6 and during the rally.

Trump put out even worse numbers after being told they were false.

Richard Donoghue told a committee of conversations with Trump when Donoghue was Acting Deputy Attorney General on Dec. 27, 2020, “The president continued, ‘We have more votes than there are voters.’ Donahue said he told the president that he was comparing voter registrations in 2016 to 2020 vote numbers, but this was likely due to more people registering to vote in Trump’s reelection year. It was inaccurate. He later specifically warned against using Pennsylvania numbers.

But on the Jan. 6 oval, Trump declared:

Fake Attacks on Election Officials

Trump also made baseless allegations that election officials were cheating, even though he had been warned by his own law enforcement officials that he had done nothing wrong. In a conversation on Dec. 15, Trump elaborated that Trump had questioned him about a video purporting to show Georgia election workers receiving suitcases of ballots.

“We were like, ‘It wasn’t a suitcase. It was a bin. That’s what they use when they count ballots,'” Rosen recalled.

A week later, according to the report, Trump declared: “Even security camera footage in Georgia shows officials telling pollsters to pull suitcases of ballots from under a table and leave the room before continuing to count for hours.”

Mr Trump complained to Raffensperger in a Jan. 2 conference call about the fraudulent conduct of election officials whose surveillance footage was allegedly captured. Raffensperger warned the president to stop recording.

“It’s very disappointing that Rudy Giuliani and his men chopped up the video and took it out of context,” the secretary of state told Trump.

Raffensperger offered to send Trump a link from a local TV station that debunked the lie. “I don’t want a link,” Trump replied.

The next day, he complained that Ravensperger was unwilling or unable to answer questions such as “put your ballot under the table” fraud, discarded ballots, out-of-state “voters” and deceased voters. said. He has no clue! “

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