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Former President Donald Trump published a statement in a bid to push his election-fraud claims.
But the statement was grammatically confusing, and he inadvertently called his followers stupid.
Trump called anyone who "doesn't think there wasn't massive election fraud" stupid or corrupt.
Former President Donald Trump published a grammatically confusing statement that inadvertently insulted those who believe his 2020 election-fraud claims.
"Anybody that doesn't think there wasn't massive election fraud in the 2020 presidential election is either very stupid, or very corrupt!" he said in a Saturday statement.
Critics pounced on the error. They said the former president used a double negative and wound up insulting those who espoused his claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him, rather than those who rejected the claim.
Investigators and experts have found no widespread fraud in the 2020 election — which Trump lost to President Joe Biden — but Trump has continued to relentlessly push the claim as he stirs rumors of another bid for the presidency.
—Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) December 5, 2021
"He finally conceded …" tweeted Jonathan Karl, an ABC News correspondent and the author of a recent book about Trump's final months as president, during which he refused to concede defeat.
"This is, accidentally, Trump's first ever accurate statement on the legitimacy of the 2020 election," tweeted Daniel Dale, a CNN fact-checker.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted, "I agree with the former President."
Before Twitter barred Trump in the wake of the Capitol riot, Trump's messages were often notable for their spelling errors and grammatical quirks.
They were such a distinctive part of his messages that, reports said, White House staffers who ghostwrote his tweets often tried to replicate his errors to make the messages seem more authentic.
Since being barred from social media, Trump has been disseminating short statements to his followers via email.
Read the original article on Business Insider