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US President Trump Delivers Speech On US Elections- Remarks Widely Described As Massive Disinformation

December 13th, 2020 14:45

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.