“Big Lie” hits California recall election

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The “Big Lie,” lied by Donald Trump that the 2020 election was “stolen,” is now being peddled by conservative figures among other down-ballot polls that, in particular, recall the California election. .

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why it matters: Now that the precedent has been set, some conservatives will likely use unfounded allegations of election fraud as a basis to downplay all possible election outcomes they do not agree with.

  • To be clear, there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the California recall election, or the 2020 presidential election.

running news: Right-wing media and political figures have already begun to allege that Tuesday’s recall was “rigged”.

  • Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said last week That the only thing that would save California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his recall election is “voter fraud.” claimed by right wing media outlet And Persona for the past few weeks.
  • “Does anyone really believe the California recall election was rigged?” Trump’s ‘Save America PAC’ exploded in an email sent to supporters on Monday.
  • “Millions and millions of mail-in ballots will make this no different from the 2020 presidential election scam, but less obvious, another huge election scam!”

Be smart: Tech platforms such as Twitter and Facebook implemented systems to better address false allegations of voter fraud during the 2020 election. However, it is clear that those systems are not perfect and may not be equipped to handle the similar narratives that surround down-ballot elections going forward.

  • Data from social media intelligence firm, Jignal Labs, has found hundreds of thousands of mentions have been received between June 1 and September 1 about things like “fraud,” election “rigging” or “theft of election ballot papers,” including those in the past. There has been a spurt in incidents. two weeks.
  • According to Google Trends data, Google searches for ‘voter fraud’ in California have increased by more than 5x over the past week.

ground level: Trump’s comments carry a particularly strong weight, even without access to major social media platforms to amplify them.

  • They give license to conservative pundits and politicians to use “Big Lie” lies to undermine any election that may affect voter turnout.
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