US media widely reported on a December 2 speech by US President Donald Trump that has been generally described as containing wildly inaccurate claims about the US elections. According to a New York Times report, the speech was “filled with lies”:
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday released a 46-minute videotaped speech that denounced a “rigged” election and was filled with lies the day after his own attorney general joined election officials across the country in attesting to his defeat.Mr. Trump recorded what he said “may be the most important speech I’ve ever made” in the Diplomatic Room of the White House and delivered it behind a lectern bearing the presidential seal. He then posted a two-minute version on Twitter, with a link to the full version on his Facebook page.The president once again refused to concede defeat in his bid for re-election almost a month after Election Day, repeating a long list of false assertions about voter fraud and accusing Democrats of a conspiracy to steal the presidency.Twitter quickly labeled the post “disputed.” Facebook added a note that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who received almost 81 million votes and 306 electoral votes, is the projected winner of the election.The video, which a White House official said was recorded last week, was the in-person embodiment of Mr. Trump’s staccato tweets over the past three weeks: one falsehood after another about voting irregularities in swing states, attacks on state officials and signature verifications, and false accusations against Democrats.
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported earlier this month that the head of the Republican Party in the US state of Arizona had posted a disinformation video titled “Dominion Exposed” in which she says that the video “should terrify every single American.”
In October, the GIOR posted on an extensive report detailing what it describes as the adoption by US President Trump and his allies of the tactics of information warfare normally associated with authoritarian regimes. As noted in the GIOR FAQ:
The US is unique among democratic countries at this point in time because it is the only democratic country that is known to have its own government and/or a major political party conducting influence operations directed at its own citizens. This looks likely to continue for the foreseeable future.