President Trump has combined dozens of his favorite conspiracy theories about the 2020 election into one incredibly debunked Facebook video.
In a 45-minute video posted Wednesday, Trump repeated debunked lie after lie about the 2020 election, including claims that Dominion voting machines were rigged; Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security had looked into claims about the machines changing ballots and found no evidence. Trump also falsely suggested mail-in ballots were somehow rigged against him, despite it being known before the election that mail-in ballots would tend to go for President-elect Joe Biden, and that there have been no instances of widespread fraud found since.
Trump made several more false claims throughout the video, but because it was pre-recorded, there was no chance for the press to question him.
Making this speech full of blatantly false attempts to undermine the election in a Twitter video rather than at the White House means the president doesn't have to face questions about his comments from the press. He has almost entirely avoided questions since election night. https://t.co/iiHMyEDeLr
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) December 2, 2020
One question that might be asked is why Trump isn't heading to court with these seemingly serious claims, as the team leading his legal challenges in several states has yet to bring forward compelling evidence. Republican pollster and consultant Frank Luntz had an answer: It's because they don't have any "substance."
If the claims had substance, he would be presenting them in a courtroom – not a Facebook video. https://t.co/tgfTUm1Zg7
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 2, 2020
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