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事实核查:在 2020 年选举调查中收到目标信后,特朗普又撒了一个选举谎言

  发表于 Jul 20, 2023 04:42:24 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Fact check: After getting target letter in 2020 election probe, Trump tells another election lie

On Tuesday morning, former President Donald Trump announced he had received a target letter, an indication he could soon be indicted, in special counsel Jack Smith's criminal investigation into Trump's lie-filled effort to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election.

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On Tuesday night, Trump went out of his way to tell another election lie.

At a town hall event in Iowa, Fox host Sean Hannity gently suggested that Trump, now a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, should embrace early voting, mail-in voting and legal “ballot harvesting,” which is known less pejoratively as ballot collection.

Trump said he would do so, but he refused to offer an unequivocal endorsement. Instead, he added the kind of false claim he deployed in 2020.

“I do,” he said of supporting the methods Hannity mentioned, “but I also have to say something else, ‘cause the one thing a lot of people, including you, don't talk about: they also create phony ballots, and that's a real problem. That's my opinion. They create a lot of phony ballots.”

Trump didn't say who “they” were, but his claim is pure fiction.

There was a tiny smattering of voter fraud in the 2020 election that was not even close to widespread enough to have changed the outcome in any state. While a minuscule number of people some of them Trump supporters voted illegally by doing such things as sending in a ballot for a deceased relative, voting twice or voting while prohibited because of a felony record, there was no sign that anyone created “a lot of phony ballots” in this election or any other recent federal election.

David Becker, founder and executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, a nonpartisan nonprofit, called Trump's claim “100% false.” Becker said in a message to CNN on Wednesday: “All ballots have a variety of security measures that make it nearly impossible for anyone to simply print them up and have them counted.”

“Even if someone attempting fraud could produce an exact duplicate of a type of the hundreds of thousands of different ballot types in any national election, which is very unlikely, the ballot would still need to be returned by a registered voter who hadn't otherwise voted, and the signature and/or driver's license number would have to match what is on file,” Becker said

“I talk to election officials all the time, all over the country, Rs and Ds, and in my 25 years working in this space I don't recall hearing of any effort to create phony ballots in ANY election. It would be about the dumbest crime one could commit zero chance it works and close to 100% chance you get caught and go to prison.”

Trump previously delivered wild conspiratorial claims about unnamed people having supposedly “dumped” phony Biden votes into the 2020 totals in the middle of the night. Those stories, too, were wholly imaginary. Biden's position improved late on Election Night in some states simply because ballots from legal mail-in voters and legal urban voters, both of which tended to favor Democrats, were counted as normal.

A Trump campaign spokesperson did not respond to a CNN request on Tuesday night to explain what Trump was talking about this time.

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