World Trump’s first interview since losing reelection was a smorgasbord of disinformation
How fake news aimed at Latinos thrives on social media
Democrats are paying attention after a surprising number of Latino voters in swing states supported Trump.It’s still too early to know exactly why these voters favored Trump, a candidate who made demonizing Latino immigrants a cornerstone of his campaign and administration. For one, Latinos in the US are a diverse group of almost 60 million people who represent more than 15 origin countries and encompass a range of generational, socioeconomic, and religious identities. And we’re still waiting for more complete demographic data on voter turnout.
President Donald Trump made his first television appearance since losing reelection on Sunday in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.
Over the course of 45 rambling minutes, Trump, mired in election denialism, used the platform to promulgate a slew of thoroughly disproven lies, disinformation, and conspiracy theories about nonexistent election fraud, aided and abetted by Bartiromo.
Specifically, Trump trotted out his usual false claims about rigged voting machines, mail-in voting, and shared overly optimistic takes on his. He also held forth on a handful of random topics, including and .
The Election When America Narrowly Avoided Disaster
The arc of history does not bend inevitably toward justice. In 1864, as in 2020, the U.S. just got lucky.That possibility is why I was thinking of Lincoln. His bid for a second term in 1864 was another election that could have turned American history in a far more frightening direction. But for the good fortune and lucky timing of two battles that fell in the Union Army’s favor prior to the 1864 election, slavery might have been allowed to continue in exchange for peace with the Confederacy, and our country might look very different than it does. But then, as now (at least for the time being), the United States has managed to avoid a descent into immediate catastrophe.
“I was called by the biggest people saying congratulations, political people, congratulations, sir. You just won the election. It was 10 o’ clock and you looked at the numbers and I’m sure you felt that way,” Trump falsely told Bartiromo early in the segment when asked about his election fraud claims. “This election was over and then they did [ballot dumps], they call them dumps, big massive dumps in Michigan, in Pennsylvania, and all over.”
Trump whines to Maria Bartiromo about the “massive dumps” he says cost him the election— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)
In reality, those “dumps” were just mail-in votes being counted — something Trump had been told would add more votes to President-elect Joe Biden’s vote total than to his ahead of the election, in part because he spent the weeks leading up the election.
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The president's children have been touted as potential successors should he not choose to run himself again in the future.While the presidential election has been called in Joe Biden's favor—Trump continues to reject this, dismissing the judgement of the "lamestream media"—the Republican incumbent received more votes than any sitting commander-in-chief in history.
Trump also launched a confused and false attack on the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs. Set for January 5, the two runoffs will decide control of the US Senate — if Democrats win both, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be able to provide the tie breaking vote; however, if Republicans win even one, they will maintain a slim majority in the chamber.
“You’re using the same garbage machinery, Dominion, and [voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams is] going around, she’s going around screaming she’s got 800 or 850,000 ballots. What kind of an election is it?” Trump said.
It’s not the first time Trump has attacked the integrity of the Georgia elections — he lost the state in the presidential election, the first time a Republican has done so— and , those attacks are engendering “remarkably half-baked” efforts by some Republican operatives to encourage GOP voters to sit out the runoffs.
The Supreme Court fight over Trump’s last-ditch effort to rig the census, explained
The Court must decide whether to follow the Constitution’s clear text — or to rubber-stamp an illegal effort by Trump.The Constitution provides that “representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed.” Nevertheless, Trump’s memo claims that “aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status” should not be counted when seats in the House of Representatives are allocated following the 2020 census.
Trump has repeatedly questioned the competency of Georgia’s election officials, casting doubt on their ability to conduct future contests — and has maintained, despite all, that changed votes cast for him in order to help Biden. He has been so successful pushing this particularly conspiracy that was forced to spend part of her trip to the state trying to convince Republican voters that they could trust the process and vote for the GOP Senate nominees in January.
Trump, whoat one of his properties and only this Thursday answered a question from the press , also promised Bartiromo that he would “use 125 percent of my energy” to prove voter fraud (which again, has been shown not to exist to any meaningful degree) and overturn the results of the election.
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Trump’s fusillade of inane lies, of course, has become more or less par for the course these days, but on Sunday, he wasn’t screaming his conspiracies into the void of Twitter: Instead, he had Bartiromo and a national audience.
Ilhan Omar starkly underperformed Biden in Minnesota with a third-party siphoning support and a well-funded GOP opponent
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, handily won a second term this month, but underperformed President-elect Joe Biden by more than perhaps any other Democratic candidate in the country. There are a slew of factors that likely impacted Omar's race, including a third party on the ticket, a supremely well-funded Republican opponent, and the fact that she was virtually guaranteed to win reelection. But Democratic operatives and Minnesota politicos told Insider that Omar's underperformance was largely in line with down-ballot Democrats across the state, who underperformed Biden, particularly in the suburbs.
And Bartiromo didn’t exactly attempt to push back on the president’s assault on the most basic underpinnings of American democracy.
In response to one Trump lie, for example — the president claiming falsely that “there’s no way Joe Biden got 80 million votes ... there’s no way it happened. This election was a fraud and it was a rigged election” — Bartiromo didn’t press for evidence supporting his claim, or call out the lie in real time. Instead, she said that “this is disgusting, and we cannot allow America’s election to be corrupted,” then moved onto a new topic and offered up some conspiracy theories of her own.
Maria Bartiromo is basically a North Korean news anchor now— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)
Bartiromo’s acquiescence to Trump’s disinformation peddling is especially striking on the heels of the president’s repeated attacks on Fox News for not being sufficiently pro-Trump.
“.@FoxNews daytime is virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends,” TrumpSaturday. “Watch @OANN, @newsmax, or almost anything else.”
Whatever the president’s mercurial opinion of Fox, though, the reality bears repeating: Joe Biden won, beating out Trump by more than 6 million, and the election was neither a fraud nor rigged. That all happened, no matter what the president says, and Biden will take office in January 2021.
The challenge of combating fake news in Asian American communities
Language diversity within the AAPI community means misinformation is difficult to track.The most popular YouTube channels flagged on the spreadsheet accumulated hundreds of thousands of subscribers, in which pundits discussed misleading claims about election fraud, Hunter Biden’s relationship with China (a conspiracy disseminated by pro-Trump figures), and the Chinese Communist Party’s meddling in the presidential election. Below some of these clips, YouTube included a label informing viewers that the Associated Press had called the election for Joe Biden. But beyond that small disclaimer, most channels were still monetized and still easily discoverable.
Unfortunately, Trump’s voter fraud rhetoric has taken deep root in the Republican Party. A raft of recent polls — including oneon November 16 — show that majorities of Republican voters believe there was fraud in the 2020 presidential election (there wasn’t).
In the case of the, fully 75 percent of likely GOP voters agreed that “there was voter fraud during the election that helped former Vice President Joe Biden.”
Trump’s lies aren’t going to stop Joe Biden from taking office
For all of the president’s frantic protestations, he’s quickly running out of time to dispute the election results. States —— are beginning to certify their election results, and the is approaching on December 8. After that, the Electoral College will meet on December 14, and Biden will be formally elected the next president.
In bothand — swing states won by Biden — recounts have confirmed the former vice-president’s victory. Lawsuits intended to overturn the will of the people in states like have also been slapped down in courts, with even Trump-nominated judges rejecting his lawyers’ arguments.
One such judge, Stephanos Bibas, wrote inhanded down by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that “the Campaign cannot win this lawsuit. It conceded that it is not alleging election fraud. It has already raised and lost most of these state-law issues, and it cannot relitigate them here.”
Trumpworld Declares War on ‘Fool’ Trumpist Lawyer Lin Wood
On Wednesday evening, what was left of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign began insinuating that an attorney striving to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 win in Georgia could, in fact, be a Democratic plant working against the Republican Party and the president. Lin Wood, the charismatic though increasingly off-the-wall celebrity lawyer, has spent the past few weeks making wild accusations that the election in his state was corrupted and should be rewarded to Trump.
Separately, in Sunday’s interview, Trump told Bartiromo that Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly had “a great case” to invalidate mail-in ballots in the state “because the legislature didn’t make the decision on this stuff.” Not only was Kelly’s caseby the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Saturday, however, but the president completely misstated the facts of the case to Bartiromo — the state legislature passed vote-by-mail into law .
A trip to the US Supreme Court will also likely prove futile for the president, experts say, if any Trump campaign lawsuit makes it that far in the first place. After Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis pledged to appeal the campaign’s Third Circuit loss to the Supreme Court in a tweet Friday, University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeckthat “any appeal is [dead on arrival],” even with a new 6-3 conservative majority on the court.
"The activist judicial machinery" = three Republican-appointed judges in a *unanimous* opinion written by a *Trump appointee* that literally concludes that "the Campaign cannot win this lawsuit."
Even at *this*— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) , any appeal is DOA. For the good of the country, just stop.
The transition to a Biden administration has also officially begun: General Services Administration chief Emily MurphyMonday after public outcry over the delay, and federal funding has been made available to the Biden-Harris transition team. So as damaging as Trump’s tweets and Sunday interview might be to confidence in democracy, there’s no reason to believe they will lead to anything but President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021.
Melania warns of a bleak Christmas, asks for 'small acts of kindness' .
Melania Trump warned of a bleak Christmas season this year and implored for extra kindness during a Toys for Tots event with the Marines on Tuesday. In her remarks, the first lady reminded people that during the coronavirus pandemic, many families will be separated for the holidays. Medical experts have asked people not to gather outside their households this holiday season as COVID-19 infections are on the rise across the United States. Over the past week, there has been an average of 201,756 cases per day.Her remarks were a notable change in tone than that of her husband's.