She also joined Trump in using laughable supposedly weak evidence to prove the case. Specifically, there is an unfounded argument that an increase in voter turnout is a sign of something outrageous going on.
RNC spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington has made numerous false or misleading claims since Election Day, claiming unfounded that the Democrats are trying to steal the election and that Joe Biden could not have legitimately garnered more votes than Barack Obama. On Tuesday, her Twitter account got particularly ridiculous.
This is, frankly, ridiculous.
There is no evidence of fraud spreading anywhere in the country, including the counties highlighted by Harrington. Increased voter participation is not a sign of something suspicious happening.
Harrington was picking up the data and misusing it at the same time – omitting figures inappropriate to her case and describing others inaccurately.
1) Demand has increased nationally – in both democratic and republican countries And provinces.
In other words, there was nothing at all out of the ordinary about Biden increasing his total votes in the particular counties in which Harrington clearly indicated that Biden had improved in Clinton’s total votes. As more people voted overall, whether for Biden or Trump, Biden improved Clinton’s overall vote in much of the country – even in the counties he easily lost.
2) Biden made greater gains in the major suburban counties around Milwaukee and Detroit than he did in the metropolitan counties themselves.
On its subject matter, Harrington did not mention Biden’s performance in Waukesha or Ozaukee.
3) In the Detroit area, Trump’s vote increase between 2020 and 2016 was greater, in percentage terms, than Biden’s increase.
Harrington wants people to think it’s dubious that Biden gets 13% more votes than Clinton in Wayne County, Michigan. But Trump improved the county by more than Biden did: his 2020 total was more than 15% higher than the 2016 total there.
Sounds in New York and Illinois
This wasn’t the end of Harrington’s betrayal of his Twitter thread.
Then she cited some cases in which Biden supposedly got far fewer votes than Clinton. But these tweets, too, were very misleading – because they were comparing the final 2016 vote total for Clinton to Biden’s partial vote totals for 2020.
But Harrington’s tweet shows why this account is not valid. In its 2020 screenshot it posted, The Times indicated that its Manhattan numbers at the time were “only 60% of the estimated vote reported.” In other words, thousands upon thousands of Manhattan votes were not added to Biden’s total.
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