As President Donald Trump continued to spread lies about election results, his campaign spokesperson posted a fake front page on Twitter on Sunday indicating that news outlets had incorrectly named. Former vice president Al Gore was the winner of the 2000 presidential election.
In the deleted tweet, Trump’s campaign communications director, Tim Murtaugh, shared pictures on the front page of the fabricated Washington Times with the headline “President Gore.”
In his tweet, Murtaugh wrote, “Welcome staff at @TeamTrump HQ this morning, a reminder that the media did not choose the President.”;
Trump employees apparently printed the front page and pasted it all over their office kitchen as some form of motivation to continue against Joe Biden’s media project winning the Electoral College.
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There’s just one problem: the front page is a completely fabricated page.
The Washington Times later responded to Murtaugh’s tweet, saying the images were “corrected” and the newspaper “never posted the headline ‘President Gore’.”
“We also want to add that Mr. Murtaugh has been formally emailed about the error,” the Times added.
Murtaugh and the Times did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ requests for comment.
The fake front page, which includes the text of the true story printed by the Washington Times on November 8, 2000 (stating that George W. Bush defeated Gore), appears to be first posted in 2010 on the website DeviantArt. com.
On a tumultuous election night in 2000, the major news networks initially called Gore the expected winner of the state of Florida, but then withdrew that call and predicted that Bush had won the state. and the presidency. But after it became clear the race was too close to call, the networks retracted their predictions. Bush eventually won Florida and the presidency after a Supreme Court decision ended the state recount.
Unlike 20 years ago, networks and news agencies did not predict election night winners this year. Instead, given the unprecedented number of postal voters, they waited until Saturday morning to declare Joe Biden the winner after determining Trump could not surpass the proportion of the Democratic nominees. Pennsylvania’s expanding owner, with 20 electoral votes, pushed him past the 270 electoral criteria needed to win the presidency.
Since Election Day and even after Biden was named the winner, Trump has falsely declared victory and accused a widespread conspiracy to steal the election from him, as part of the effort lasted for months to undermine elections and democracy. While it takes weeks to validate the results of an election (and technically, Biden won’t be declared a winner until the Electoral College votes on December 14), the results Vote tally by election officials announced very clearly: Biden will be the next president of the United States.
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The previous Sunday, former President Bush released a statement saying he had called both Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris to congratulate them, adding that the results were “clear. . “
“No matter how you vote, your vote counts,” Bush said, adding that Trump has “the right to demand a recount and pursue legal challenges, and any unresolved issues. will be adjudicated. “
However, he said, “The American people can be confident that this election is fundamentally fair, its integrity will be maintained and its results are clear.”
In another tweet that has now been deleted, Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona who supported Trump’s lies about the election, called Bush the “expert in stealing the election”. .