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AP FACT CHECK: On Jan. 6 anniversary, Trump sticks to election falsehoods

AP FACT CHECK: On Jan. 6 anniversary, Trump sticks to election falsehoods

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Thursday clung to his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen because the nation marked the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol revolt.

Reacting to President Joe Biden, who blamed him for the lethal occasion, Trump issued statements repeating his assertions that the voting was rigged. These claims have been totally debunked.

READ MORE: Trump maintains grip on Republican Social gathering regardless of violent revolt

In a speech marking the anniversary, Biden mentioned Trump’s falsehoods concerning the 2020 election fueled the riot. Biden mentioned the election was essentially the most scrutinized in U.S. historical past, and that the riot was an un-American try to derail democracy incited by a politician who couldn’t settle for the individuals’s will.

A take a look at the claims:

TRUMP, on the Biden administration: “”That’s what you get when you will have a rigged Election.”

TRUMP: “If truth be told, the Large Lie was the Election itself.”

THE FACTS: To be clear, no widespread corruption was discovered and no election was stolen from Trump.

Biden earned 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, the identical margin that Trump had when he beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, which he repeatedly described as a “landslide.” (Trump ended up with 304 electoral votes as a result of two electors defected.) Biden achieved victory by prevailing in key battleground states.

Trump’s former lawyer normal, William Barr, discovered no proof of widespread election fraud. Trump’s allegations of voting fraud even have been dismissed by a succession of judges and refuted by state election officers and an arm of his personal administration’s Homeland Safety Division.

No case has established irregularities of a scale that may have modified the result.

An Related Press assessment final month of each potential case of voter fraud within the six battleground states disputed by Trump discovered fewer than 475 — a quantity that may have made no distinction within the presidential election.

Biden gained Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and their 79 Electoral School votes by a mixed 311,257 votes out of 25.5 million ballots solid for president. The disputed ballots characterize simply 0.15% of his victory margin in these states.


TRUMP: “Does anyone actually suppose that Biden beat Obama with the Black inhabitants in choose Swing State cities, however nowhere else? That he would … in some way miraculously obtain essentially the most votes in American historical past with no coattails?”

THE FACTS: It’s not unrealistic that Biden gained 81 million votes in an election the place turnout exceeded the mark set by the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama. Voter participation within the Nov. 3, 2020, election, the truth is, was the best in additional than a century, in response to the Census Bureau.

The tallied votes accounted for over 66% of the eligible voting-age inhabitants within the U.S. That’s the best since 1900, earlier than all girls have been allowed to vote, in response to america Elections Undertaking.

The sheer variety of votes additionally set information, though that’s a much less exceptional milestone given the nation’s rising inhabitants. Biden’s greater than 81 million votes was the best quantity for a presidential candidate in historical past. Trump obtained greater than 74 million — the best complete for a dropping candidate.

Biden’s complete surpasses the 2008 report of 69.5 million votes solid for Obama. Biden was additionally on that ticket as Obama’s working mate.

Election specialists and partisans level to varied elements accounting for the rise in civic participation. Some be aware that larger turnout was anticipated after many states expanded the time and the methods voters might solid ballots through the coronavirus pandemic, whereas others cite the terribly excessive passions Trump provoked — each for and in opposition to — in an election that amounted to a referendum on his management.


TRUMP: “Biden … used my title in the present day to attempt to additional divide America.”

THE FACTS: Biden didn’t cite Trump by title within the speech. As a substitute, he referred to him all through because the “former president.”

Klepper reported from Windfall, Rhode Island.


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