Even the host of Fox and friends says President Donald Trump’s latest conspiracy theory on widespread electoral fraud is false.
On the Friday morning airing of the President’s Favorite Morning Show, co-host Steve Doocy verified the facts of Jonathan Turley after the Fox contributor baselessly alleged that the Dominion’s voting machine software system had passes “thousands of votes” from Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. The false claim has been around the right-wing media for days, only to make it to the president’s Twitter feed this week.
Presenting the president’s long-term lawsuits and recounting the efforts in several key states he lost by significant margins as a simple attempt to “confirm the validity of the votes,” Turley referred to the accusation of Trumpworld that Dominion’s software could have impacted the final vote count in many states and ridings.
“Well, the point is, we have had problems in this area,” the law professor said. “In Michigan you had thousands of votes that were given to Biden that belonged to Trump. Now, that doesn’t mean it was a nefarious goal. This is new software that is apparently vulnerable to human error. “
“And it was used – it was pretty ubiquitous,” he added. “It’s been used in a lot of states – half of the districts in Michigan. This is one of the reasons some of us say take a look at this and open it to make sure software systems like this were working fine and if they were vulnerable to human error. , human error did not occur. These types of errors can affect many votes. “
Co-host Brian Kilmeade, meanwhile, helpfully noted that the President had “tweeted that», Prompting Doocy to intervene and correct the recording.
“I watched it,” Doocy noted, apparently reading a New York Times article. “With this Dominion software, five counties in Michigan and Georgia had problems. And the Dominion software was used in two of the counties and in each case it was largely human error, a problem, but the software did not affect the vote count.
In addition to various fact-checkers reversing the false claim about modified votes, the Federal Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security said in a statement: “There is no evidence that a voting system removed or lost votes, altered votes or been in any way compromised. . The November 3 election was the safest in American history.
Turley, meanwhile, isn’t the only Fox News personality peddling the Dominion software conspiracy theory. Pro-Trump welcomes Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Maria bartiromo all credulously pushed the theory, citing scandalous claims made by Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and reporting by discredited former Fox News contributor John Solomon.
The president even praised Hannity and Dobbs for dedicating airtime Thursday night to the demystified conspiracy.
“Must see @seanhannity take down the horrible, inaccurate and anything but safe Dominion voting system used in states where tens of thousands of votes have been stolen from us and given to Biden,” Trump yelled on Twitter. “Likewise, the Great @LouDobbs has a confirming and powerful piece!”
Twitter immediately flagged the president’s tweet as potential disinformation, noting that his claim about voter fraud was disputed.
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