Trump reiterated many debunked and unproven claims of electoral fraud that he has made since losing the November election.
President Trump spoke to a crowd of supporters in Washington, DC for over an hour on Wednesday just before the crowd marched on to the Capital Building and stormed it.
His speech was filled with a mix of debunked allegations and allegations made with no evidence of his unproven case that massive electoral fraud altered the 2020 election results.
Some of his claims have been repeated since November and therefore previously debunked. Some of his claims are more recent but have already been proven wrong. Other claims simply lack evidence to prove them.
Here are some of the many allegations Trump made during his speech and the evidence to the contrary.
CLAIM: “In Pennsylvania you had 205,000 votes more than you had voters.”
The numbers show that this is completely wrong.
As of June 2020, the last date Pennsylvania recorded voter registration statistics in its archives, there were 8,599,294 voters.
According to Pennsylvania’s official election results, there were 6,915,283 votes in the presidential election that year. That is 1.5 million LESS than the total number of registered voters.
In fact, the difference is even bigger. Just in time for the post-June presidential election, people were still able to register to vote in Pennsylvania, and in October the Pennsylvania Secretary of State announced that voter registration had exceeded 9 million.
So that’s at least two million more voters than votes, NOT 205,000 more votes than voters.
CLAIM: “66,000 votes in Georgia were cast by people below the legal voting age.”
This is incorrect, according to the Georgia Department of State.
In a press conference on January 4, Gabriel Sterling, Voting Systems Manager in the Georgian Foreign Minister’s office, responded directly to the allegation.
“Then there is the claim that 66,248 people under the age of 18 voted,” he said during the press conference that was later recorded in the minutes. “The real number is zero.”
“Let me be clear. 66,000 to zero. And the reason we know this is because the data is on the voter registration. There are four cases where four people request their postal vote before they turn 18, but.” to be 18 years old by election day. That means that this is a legally cast vote. “
Sterling, like Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger and Georgian Governor Brian Kemp, is a Republican.
CLAIM: Mike Pence can choose to accept or reject state votes
Neither the Constitution nor the US Code support this. In fact, this was checked yesterday.
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3 US Code § 15 states that the Vice President reads out the results presented to him by the states and that he should ask if there are any objections – but ultimately it is Congress that debates and votes whether they object to any of the voters State should or not.
Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states that the Vice President will open all certificates, but will not give Pence any authority to take votes. The 12th amendment to the constitution reaffirms this role.
Pence himself announced shortly before the vote was counted that his study of the law had come to the same conclusion – that he was not empowered to accept or reject the results of this process. He said he wouldn’t try this.
CLAIM: “This election, our election was over at 10 o’clock in the evening. We lead Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia with hundreds out of 1,000 votes. And then late in the evening or early in the morning: boom, those explosions of cops ***. “
An earlier review found that states very rarely count their ballots out on the night of elections, even in previous elections. States have different deadlines for confirming their election results, accepting postal ballot papers and starting their postal voting. Because of this, different states vary in the speed of their vote counting. This usually goes unnoticed as for most years the votes counted later will not change the early results much.
This year, however, there were more mail-in votes than usual. There was also a party-political tendency as to who voted personally and who voted by post. And since some states counted mail-in votes early while others waited until election day to even start processing, some states seemed stronger for Democrats than they actually were, and other states seemed stronger for Republicans be than they actually were.
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CLAIM: “In Fulton County, under the false pretext of a burst pipe, Republican election observers were turned – ‘Waterfall, everyone goes! ‘- what we now know is a total lie. “
This is wrong. A water pipe burst in a room where ballot papers were tabulated. It did not damage any ballot papers or equipment, but it briefly delayed the tabulation of the ballot papers as they were not tabulated during the repair time.
This has also been checked several times.
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Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez, director of foreign affairs for the Fulton County government, said in a November statement:
“At around 6:07 am on November 3rd, State Farm Arena Fulton County Registration & Elections officials reported a water leak that was affecting the room that tabulated postal ballots. The State Farm Arena team acted quickly, to fix the problem The repairs were completed after 2 hours. Neither ballot papers were damaged nor equipment affected. While the repairs were being carried out, there was a brief delay in listing the postal ballot papers.
More recently, in the same January 4th press conference referenced above, Gabriel Sterling went step-by-step through what happened at the State Farm Arena that day and referred to videos that you shared on Secure the Find Georgia Vote website. The very first video shows the floors wet and water spreading on them.
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