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Despite all major news networks, including Fox News, calling the race to former Vice President Joe Biden, Saturday was the only start of the long road to convince a sizable chunk of the public. America is elected president.
President Trump has spent most of his four years in power amplifying false claims about election fraud, which have deeply rooted in the confidence of many Republicans in the voting process. .
Now, Republicans are deciding who to believe: election officials from both parties are responsible for voting or Trump, who goes on to falsely say he is the rightful winner. This is the latest step in the game plan he’s laid the foundations for over the years.
Before this election, about two-thirds of the people who said they had little or no confidence in the vote count were presidential supporters, according to AP VoteCast data.
And now Trump has embraced those doubts. He and his campaign shared the post-conspiracy theories about why votes were still counted after Election Day, even though the tally went on roughly as planned.
Tina Barton, Rochester Hills City Secretary, Mich., Said Friday that this is being deliberately misinterpreted to undermine the electoral process.
While these types of certifications for the most part do not find a receptive home in the courts, they have found a home online.
Social media groups have been rapidly emerging in the days since the poll was shut down, to spread false information about election officials allegedly fraudulent and in some cases organized organize live demonstrations.
“This is the most intense online misinformation event in US history, and the pace of what we find has only increased rapidly since [Election Day]”Said Alex Stamos, director of the Stanford Internet Observatory and former director of security at Facebook.
Melissa Ryan, who runs Card Strategies, which specializes in misinformation research, says social media groups are reusing previous channels to share other conspiracy theories that mostly serve. for Republicans.
Ryan said: “These ‘Stop The Steal’ rallies are clearly building infrastructure out of the reopening rallies we saw earlier this year during the pandemic,” Ryan said. “And frankly. That said, they’re using the same strategy and infrastructure as Tea Party back in 2009, 2010. “
However, Trump was the driving force behind that misinformation online. Three of the four most popular Facebook posts in the past 24 hours are presidential posts in which he falsely claims victory or alludes to doubts about the fairness of the election.
“I VOTE THIS VOTE BY MANY!” Trump said on Saturday.
As long as that language continues, experts say, it’s hard to imagine the United States united behind a Biden administration in the way the former vice president said he wanted.
A concession from Trump has no legal effect and Biden will become the 46th president with or without. But Alberto Gonzales, who served as US attorney general under President George W. Bush, says admitting from Trump that he has lost will go a long way to cool down the current political climate.
“That will send a huge signal,” Gonzales told NPR. “It will enhance President Trump’s reputation. I think that will certainly decrease [country’s] what temperature if he will do is the right thing to do. “
NPR’s Hannah Allam and Shannon Bond contributed to this report.