I have watched or read the transcript of every Trump speech since the end of 2016. I have listed thousands and thousands of his false statements.
I’ve never seen him lie more thoroughly and seriously than he did Thursday night at the White House.
Here is a summary:
Trump accused his unnamed opponents were “trying to steal an election” and “trying to staging an election.”
The first event: This is completely baseless. This election is legal. Trump’s opponents are not trying to steal it. Election officials simply count the legally elected votes.
Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia
Trump claimed that he “won”; the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, citing his significant lead in the number of votes there.
The first event: This is wrong. Holding the lead before all votes are clear is not the same as winning – and Trump lost to Wisconsin and Michigan, according to CNN predictions. At the time of his speech, he was also in trouble in Pennsylvania as votes from Democratic-inclined regions were counted, and his margins in Georgia were falling rapidly as the tally continued. .
Vote by mail
Trump called the vote-by-mail call “a system of corruption”, then added that there was “terrible corruption and fraud going on.”
Legality of counts, part 1
Trump started his speech by saying, “If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”
The first event: This is, again, just wrong. Trump is on the brink of failure as legal votes continue to count. There was no basis for his proposal that “illegal votes” were being counted, certainly not that such votes were the reason for his electoral trouble.
Legality of counts, part 2
Trump declared, “We won in all the key positions, indeed, and our numbers started to magically decrease. …” He added, “They wanted to find out. See how many votes they need and then they seem to be able to find them. They wait and wait and then they find them. … “
The first event: There is no basis for Trump’s suggestion that something nefarious has narrowed some of his potential clients or that anyone is illegally manipulating the votes. His leaders have shrunk in a number of states as perfectly legal votes are being tally. Because more Democrats than Republicans choose to vote by mail, the order of counting votes in these states causes Trump to lose his place in the total number of votes over time.
In other states like Florida, where mail-to-mail ballots are counted earlier than direct ballots, Trump actually gained a place in total over time – as he had in Arizona, where it is still too much. close to call at the time of his speech.
Legality of counts, part 3
Trump stated, “In various states, the tally is halted for hours on election night, with results withheld from major Democratic Party-run locations, appearing only afterward. And sure enough they came out, and they all had Biden names. Or just about all, I think almost all. They all have Biden on them, which is a little weird. “
The first event: Trump’s allusion was unfounded. Different states count their votes at different rates, but there is no basis to claim that the result has been suspiciously “withheld” – some counties and states take a while to count. and report – or there’s something questionable about Biden’s dominance in the final stages of the count in some states. Again, Biden’s profits were a result of the counting of legitimate mail ballots.
It is not true that “all” or “almost all” mail ballots counted on Wednesday or Thursday are for Biden. Biden was easily ahead of Trump in these ballots, but Trump also received tens of thousands of votes from mailing voters in places like Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Legality of counts, part 4
“It’s amazing how one-way ballot papers were,” Trump said.
The first event: There’s no doubt about the fact that more Biden voters than Trump voters have chosen to vote by mail: Biden encourages his supporters to do the same, while Trump relentlessly denies voting by mail as easy. fraud and insecurity happen.
Democrats and numbers
“Only a few states are still undecided in the presidential race,” Trump said. The voting apparatus of those states is run by Democrats in all cases. He later added that “the electoral apparatus in Georgia is run by the Democrats.”
The first event: This is wrong. Georgia’s top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, is a Republican. So did Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske of Nevada, a state where the race ended at the time.
There is also no basis to believe that Democratic electoral officials in other states have made a mistake. And it is the local counties that actually count the votes.
Election and Election Day?
Trump stated that “illegal voting is not allowed” after Election Day, indicating that such illegal voting happened.
The first event: Ballots cannot be dropped after Election Day; ballots will be counted after Election Day, as always. And some states accept mail ballots received after Election Day if they are postmarked on or before Election Day.
“No Required” ballots
Trump claimed that the states sent tens of millions of “unsolicited” ballots without any measure of verification “. He is referring to states that have submitted a ballot for each eligible registered voter without specific requirements.
Detroit and Philadelphia
Trump stated, “Detroit and Philadelphia, known as two of the most corrupt political venues anywhere in our country, easily, cannot be held responsible for the design of the outcome of one. Presidential race, a very important presidential race. “
The first event: There is no basis for Trump’s suggestion that Detroit and Philadelphia have done anything wrong in this election, much less that they are “designing the results”. Their local counties simply count the votes, like every other local county.
Trump stated, “Our campaign has been denied access to observe any count in Detroit.”
Grayer said she witnessed two people being kicked out of the house, one a Republican who refused to wear a nose mask and an unidentified person involved for causing riot while wearing a Halloween mask. . But that’s not like no Trump observer is allowed.
Trump stated, “A large polling center in Detroit covered windows with large pieces of cardboard and so they wanted to protect and block the counting area. They didn’t want anyone to see the counting. , even though these are the observers, legal observers should be there. ”
The first event: This is misleading: Republican poll challengers were inside the Detroit facility when some windows were obscured on Wednesday after others arrived. scene.
“Some – but not all, of the windows are covered,” Garcia said in a statement, “because polls who sat just inside those windows expressed concern about people. outside the center to photograph and film them and only the media are allowed to take pictures inside the polling place, and those outside the center do not obey requests to stop filming the polling staff and the procedure Hundreds of challengers from both sides were on the center counters both afternoon and evening; dozens of reporters were also in the room. can be seen through windows away from the counter workspace. “
A pipeline explosion in Georgia
Trump stated, “In Georgia, a pipeline explosion in a remote location has absolutely no relation to the location of what’s going on and they’ve stopped counting for four hours.”
The crash caused a four-hour delay. No ballots were damaged, officials said.
Legality of polls
Trump has issued some plausible criticism of the inaccuracy of many polls. But then he said “the poll participants were on purpose wrong”, saying that they were trying to “suppress” his supporters.
The first event: This is unfounded. Trump was right that some polls went wrong, but there was no evidence that the probes were trying to be wrong – in the face of considerable public embarrassment at themselves.
The status of the Senate
“We hold the Senate even though we have twice as many seats as Democrats,” Trump said.
The first event: At the time, it was still unclear if Republicans would hold the Senate – partly because one race in Georgia was heading towards January’s elections and another in Georgia was likely to end up in one. race. (Some additional Senate races in other states, in which the Republican party is in the lead, have not been named by the media yet.)
CNN’s Tara Subramaniam contributed to this article.