Donald Trump’s first TV interview since the election was riddled with conspiracy theories, baseless allegations, savage accusations and lies.
Speaking to Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo, the president uncontrollably said how the election was stolen from him in his eyes.
He claimed that “hundreds of thousands” of votes had been wrongly attributed to his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, and accused the FBI of being “missing” in its failure to “catch” people for electoral fraud.
Here are some of his craziest claims.
“We had issues where they moved thousands of votes from my account to Biden’s account. These are not problems, they are frauds. We caught four or five problems, or about a thousand votes each. For the most part, they got away with it. ”
FACT CHECK – The President appeared to be referring to voting machines made by Dominion, a Canadian-founded company headquartered in Denver with voting machines in use in 24 states.
Michael Steel, a spokesperson for Dominion, was asked about the voting change on Fox News.
“Well, it’s physically impossible,” he says. “Listen, when a voter votes on a Dominion machine, they fill out a ballot on a touch screen. He is given a printed copy which he then gives to a local election official for safekeeping.
“If there had been electronic interference, the electronically transmitted tally would not match the printed ballots.
“And in every instance we’ve looked at – in Georgia, across the country – the printed ballot, the gold standard in electoral security, has matched the electronic tally. ”
While one county in Georgia experienced delays in reporting its results due to apparent problems with company systems, other isolated issues believed to have been linked to Dominion were actually caused by human error. .
Two federal groups – the government’s Electoral Infrastructure Coordinating Council and the electoral infrastructure sector executive coordinating committees – said the machines had no problems.
“The November 3 election was the safest in American history,” they said.
“There is no evidence that a voting system suppressed or lost votes, altered votes or was compromised in any way. ”
Chris Krebs, the head of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, has been sacked by Mr. Trump for assurances from his agency.
He stood by his statement and also retweeted a message from electoral law expert David Becker who condemned “the outlandish and baseless claims about the voting machines.”
Mr Trump seemed to have had the idea in mind for a segment on OANN, his favorite right-wing television network.
On November 12, their anchor, Lilia Fifield, claimed that Edison Research had found evidence of 2.7 million votes exchanged.
Larry Rosin, President of Edison Research, said, “Edison Research did not create such a report and we are not aware of any electoral fraud. ”
“The dead were asking for a ballot. Many of the dead voted. “
FACT CHECK – Election experts say that while this does happen sometimes, most often with votes cast by a spouse, it is extremely rare and likely would not affect the outcome, even in a relatively close race.
There have not been any complete lists released by Mr. Trump’s team showing these “many people” who voted after death.
In Philadelphia, Al Schmidt, the only Republican of three city commissioners, asked his team to put the tally on hold and verify a list circulating online that claimed to show dead people voting. None of those who were supposed to vote had, he said. 60 minutes.
A report that four people who died in Georgia voted for was seized by Conservatives – only for one of the “dead” to be found alive, with a different birth date and spelling her name as Lynda, rather than Linda; the second was a 94-year-old widow voting as Mrs. James Blalock, using her married name.
A woman is indeed confirmed to have voted after her death.
Denise Ondick of West Homestead in Allegheny County, Pa., Died on October 22, but her vote was still received on November 2. Her daughter and husband couldn’t recall how the confusion came about and said she intended to vote for Mr. Trump.
In October, a registered Republican in Luzerne County, Pa., Was charged with a felony after attempting to request a mail-in ballot on behalf of his late mother.
“They were not allowed to have observers. The thugs sent them away. During this period, a lot of bad things happened. “
FACT CHECK – Lawyers for Mr. Trump have been ridiculed online after telling a judge in Pennsylvania that there were “a non-zero number” of Republicans watching the vote count.
The exasperated judge asked, “Well, what’s the problem then? ”
Different states have different rules regarding the proximity of poll observers and the number of people allowed to enter, but what is universal is that both parties can appoint representatives, who are accredited to be allowed to enter the poll. building to monitor the process.
The pandemic has certainly complicated the problem. In Philadelphia, a judge ruled that poll observers should be allowed six feet from counters, rather than the ten feet where they were originally held.
A group of Trump supporters in Detroit gathered outside the counting site, the TCF Center, to protest during the count. Officials, worried about photographing and filming personal information on ballots, put cardboard on windows – infuriating people on Twitter. But there were 134 Republican poll observers in the room at the time.
A widely shared video showed a man showing up at a Philadelphia polling station and being refused.
Kevin Feeley, a spokesman for the City of Philadelphia Commissioners’ Office, confirmed to Reuters that the man in the video was indeed a certified poll observer, but confusion over observer and venue laws by the election judge led to “an honest mistake”.
Mr Feeley said a “correction had been made” and the man had been admitted as a poll observer at another location.
There are no reports of poll observers kicked out of the accounts. It’s unclear where Mr. Trump got this from.
“We have thousands of votes – in some cases hundreds of thousands of votes – more than we need – in each state of transition. “
FACT CHECK – Seems highly unlikely, given the above.
Mr. Biden defeated Mr. Trump in Pennsylvania by 80,555 votes, significantly more than the margin of 44,292 votes that brought Mr. Trump to the White House in 2016.
In Michigan, he won by more than 150,000 votes – 14 times Mr. Trump’s margin in 2016.
In Wisconsin, the margin for Mr. Biden was 20,000 votes; in Arizona, 11,000 votes; in Nevada it was 33,600 people. In Georgia, the margin was 12,670.
If he does have proof that “hundreds of thousands of votes” were incorrectly held, he must hurry and show it.
Twenty-five days have now passed since the election: the 2000 Florida recount was completed in 36 days.
Voters will vote on December 14 in their state and time is running out.
The inauguration date of January 20 is written into the constitution and cannot be changed.
“Why isn’t the FBI everywhere?” They are not. They are not, and that is a terrible thing. “
FACT CHECK – The FBI likely won’t investigate because they haven’t been given anything to investigate.
There is no evidence of widespread fraud.