Donald Trump is still holding rallies to soothe his bruised ego after a brutal 2020 election loss and still lying to his supporters to prop himself up. The theme of the rally was, believe it or not, ‘election fraud’, because no one saw that coming. But in addition to the Big Lie – the one that says Trump really won the election but it was stolen from him by Democrats, Republicans, election officials, election volunteers, Italy, a vote-counting machine production company, and Venezuela – Trump told other whoppers, each of which The New York Times quickly debunked.
How many losses does this make ? https://t.co/bwgwBoXNe8
— Cløvis Anna Marie™️ 🇺🇸 😷 (@flying_over_you) January 16, 2022
Trump began with the same old story about how he really won in Arizona, a state that went red for Trump in 2016 but went blue by a slim margin in 2020. This particular line of falsehoods led to an insurrection at the Capitol Building, with elected officials hustled out of the room by security and hidden for their own protection while an angry mob erected a gallows pole in front of the building.
‘Twenty-three thousand, three hundred and forty-four mail-in ballots were counted despite the person no longer living at that address — little, little problem. Five thousand people appear to have voted in more than one county.’
Trump’s supporters, as usual, have eaten up the lie, using it to soothe themselves into believing that their hero will return and destroy all their enemies: Democrats, single moms, brown immigrants, and trans people. Each little detail of the lie has been shared on social media by Trump’s supporters, along with conjecture and a twisting of reality.
Video footage shows Maricopa County Election Fraud official removing Mail-In Ballot envelopes from trash/recycle bin and shoving them in drawer on two separate occasions. pic.twitter.com/QfDX4QUpoC
— 🇺🇸Robert.N🇺🇸 (@Rob_Noorollah) January 11, 2022
Congressional Candidate Jeff Zink on his campaign & the evidence that was turned over to AZ AG Brnovich of election fraud by Maricopa County personnel.
“I was on the floor of the audit and the evidence of criminal behavior sent to the AG is overwhelming.” https://t.co/n7CbgS7F3E
— Ollie Dewis (@olliedewis) January 14, 2022
In Maricopa County, an urban area with a high concentration of black and brown Americans that Trump decided to target as rife with fraud, no proof of the claims Trump has made exist, even after a full “audit” by the GOP’s selected audit firm, Cyber Ninjas.
‘Cyber Ninjas’ audit showed that in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, Mr. Biden had 99 additional votes and Mr. Trump had 261 fewer votes.’
President Trump on Jan. 6:
Why did Pelosi and the Capitol Police reject the 10,000+ national guard troops or soldiers that I authorized to control the massive crowd?
How many of those present were working directly or indirectly with a government agency? What role did they play? pic.twitter.com/z7eseTx4Sz
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) January 16, 2022
A second lie concerned the attack on the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. Although Trump has insisted that nothing bad happened that day, that officers who were seen on camera being beaten with flag poles and bear-sprayed, were “hugging and kissing” the protesters, he’s now switched gears to blaming the violent insurrection of one of his favorite enemies, Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
‘Why did Nancy Pelosi and the Capitol Police reject the more than 10,000 National Guard troops or soldiers that I authorized to help control the enormous crowd that I knew was coming?’
Trump wasn’t even creative enough to make up this lie. His supporters have been pushing it for awhile, and Trump’s “10,000” number is showing up more often in claims made and spread on social media.
Question: Why did Nancy Pelosi and the Muriel Bowser turn down the National Guard’s protection that President Trump offered on 1/4/21?
Answer: They wanted the riot that happened on 1/6/21 so they could blame Trump.
— Stephen Bailey (@Hrdrockindude) January 15, 2022
Why doesn't the January 6th committee subpoena Pelosi for refusing Trump's offer for 20,000 national guard???
— bigtzdesigns.com (@TNjhd) January 11, 2022
There is no evidence and no record of Trump having ever authorized any National Guard members to come to the Capitol Building until more than three hours after the attack began.
‘There is no record of Mr. Trump making that request. The Pentagon’s timeline of events leading up to the riot notes that the Defense Department reviewed a plan to activate 340 members of the District of Columbia’s National Guard, “if asked.” But the timeline makes no mention of a request for 10,000 troops by Mr. Trump. Nor did a Pentagon inspector general report on the breach, which instead referred to suggestions by Mr. Trump that his rally on Jan. 6 had been conducted safely. A Pentagon spokesman also told The Washington Post that it had “no record of such an order being given.”’
Trump says white people are being discriminated against on covid treatment: “If you’re white, you don’t get the vaccine or if you’re white you don’t get therapeutics .. In NY state, if you’re white, you go to the back of the line if you want help.” pic.twitter.com/QLgkC3VESk
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 16, 2022
In his most outrageous claim, Trump insisted that white Americans are being discriminated against when seeking vaccinations and treatment for COVID-19. In truth, the fact that black and brown people are more than twice as likely to die from COVID makes race a risk factor to be considered when authorizing treatment, but there is no evidence that any person has been sent “to the back of the line” for being white.
‘The left is now rationing lifesaving therapeutics based on race, discriminating against and denigrating, just denigrating, white people to determine who lives and who dies. If you’re white, you don’t get the vaccine, or if you’re white, you don’t get therapeutics.’
Trump’s supporters particularly like these types of lies, having tried to paint themselves as a marginalized population downtrodden by “the elite.”
The other half of Democrats do not want vaccine mandates, masks, segregation & discrimination. That half of Democrats will be voting for Republicans this November 🗳 🇺🇸
— basically (@NatureRules101) January 15, 2022
The people justifying mask mandates in Oregon are the same people who will be justifying the coming vaccine passports. Discrimination and segregation in any form is wrong.https://t.co/g7OQ81bi1T
— Chicken Little (@ChkLil) January 16, 2022
As The New York Times reports, this is just another of Trump’s race-baiting claims that have become so frequent in rallies where grievances are an endless theme.
‘A spokeswoman for New York State’s Department of Health told Fox News that race did not disqualify patients from treatment but that the guidelines instead considered race as one risk factor.’