Friday, January 12, 2024

Only Minor Errors found in Trump Election Report

I posted Summary of 2020 Election Fraud by a Trump supporter, and called for a fact-check.

Now there are a couple of critical articles.

Bill Lueders writes:

Far from being a laughing matter, this is perhaps the most diabolical document that I have ever seen. It is breathtaking in its denialism, fervent in its commitment to the Big Lie, and masterfully alchemistic in its attempt to turn accusation into evidence. Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, which he insistently repeats at every opportunity, have never been more compellingly rendered. It’s so slick that you don’t have to be stupid to be taken in, although it helps.

Trump’s decision to release this report in the thick of his multiple legal battles reminds me in its recklessness of the apocryphal conundrum of the Manhattan Project scientists in the film Oppenheimer: They acknowledged the theoretical possibility that an atomic bomb test might set off a chain reaction that would destroy the entire planet and then did it anyway. ...

In recent weeks, when he’s not channeling Adolf Hitler, the former president has taken to calling Joe Biden, of all people, “the destroyer of American democracy” and “the most corrupt president we’ve ever had.”

Trump has also accused Biden of “weaponizing government against his political opponents like a Third World political tyrant,”

Yeah, Trump is just like Hitler, and posting a list of election irregularities is just like the atomic bomb.

His essay only found one error:

For instance, the report states that Gableman “found nursing homes in Milwaukee, Dane, and Racine counties with 100 percent turnout.” ... a review by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found just one nursing home in the state with that level of participation.
Okay, the report claims at least two nursing homes, and a newspaper just found one.

The other rebuttal comes from the Wash. Post. It outs Liz Harrington as the author, and claims to find two errors:

The report also says the Wisconsin Supreme Court deemed in 2022 that ballot drop boxes were illegal under Wisconsin law. That was two years after the 2020 election, and the ruling did not impact those election results.

Justin Grimmer, a public policy professor at Stanford University, described the report as filled with “long-running debunked wild claims.” One claim he hadn’t previously seen, he said, is a suggestion that in Michigan there were more votes than voters.

“It’s kind of insane, because the number of active registered voters in Michigan was 7.1 million in 2020, and 5.5 million people turned out to vote,” Grimmer said. “I don’t know what data analysis that person is doing. … But very clearly there’s enough registered voters in the state of Michigan to support 5.5 million people turning out to vote.”

So Wisconsin did use illegal drop boxes in 2020, but action was not taken until 2022.

Yes, that is what Trump has been saying. The 2020 election used illegal procedures, and officials overlooked them.

I don't know about the Michigan voter count. Maybe there is some dispute about who was properly registered.

This leaves the vast majority of the election issues unanswered. Our system depends on verifiable elections, and we plainly do not have it.

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