President Donald Trump continues to peddle ignorant nonsense about the recently concluded presidential election. As he continued to push the idea that fraud plagued the election around the country, Trump claimed on Twitter shortly after midnight Saturday on the east coast that 1,126,940 votes in Pennsylvania had been “created out of thin air.” The supposed evidence for this bombastic claim is a supposed discrepancy between the number of mail-in ballots that Pennsylvania authorities sent to voters and the number of mail-in ballots that these authorities ended up counting in the general election. This alleged discrepancy does not exist — the lower number of requested ballots is from the primary, the state says. The higher number, as mentioned, is from the general election in the state.
Alongside data that Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano posted on Twitter and claimed had been deleted from the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website, Trump wrote the following message, referring to the alleged number of mail-in ballots that were tabulated on top of those that authorities sent out:
‘The 1,126,940 votes were created out of thin air. I won Pennsylvania by a lot, perhaps more than anyone will ever know. The Pennsylvania votes were RIGGED. All other swing states also. The world is watching!’
The 1,126,940 votes were created out of thin air. I won Pennsylvania by a lot, perhaps more than anyone will ever know. The Pennsylvania votes were RIGGED. All other swing states also. The world is watching! https://t.co/zmnk34Ny23
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2020
Again — the entire premise of this tweet is false, on a foundational level. The supposed 1,126,940-vote discrepancy emerged because Mastriano was comparing the number of ballots requested for the primary with the number of ballots requested for the general election. The president of the United States, however, clearly did not care to conduct any meaningful fact-check before trumpeting his claim of fraud to the world. Trump is correct that the world is “watching” — they’re watching him flail and push utter lies and nonsense.
Trump posted this nonsense in the wake of yet another court failure for his legal team. On Friday, a three-judge panel on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal from the Trump campaign of their case against the election results in Pennsylvania. The panel concluded, in the words of Trump-nominated Judge Stephanos Bibas, that the campaign’s claims “have no merit.” Besides Bibas, the other two judges on the panel were also nominated by a Republican, George W. Bush.
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump below: