After Democrat Joe Biden was announced the winner of the 2020 presidential race, U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign sent dozens of emails to supporters asking for donations to supposedly fight the election’s outcome.
The fundraising messages (fact-checked in detail below) obtained by Snopes alleged sporadic or extensive voter fraud, but offered no evidence and distorted or misrepresented facts about the country’s elections process under state and federal laws. The campaign also contradicted the Trump administration’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which announced on Nov. 12 that the Biden-Trump election was the “most secure in American history.”
We should note here: Emails from Trump’s campaign asked supporters to chip in to a so-called “Official Election Defense Fund” or “Election Defense Task Force,” both of which the campaign framed as costly initiatives involving ballot recounts or various lawsuits to challenge Biden’s win.
But according to Brendan Fischer, director of the federal reform program at Campaign Legal Center, the average donor’s money was not covering those expenses. “Small donors who give to Trump thinking they are financing an ‘official election defense fund’ are in fact helping pay down the Trump campaign’s debt or funding his post-presidential political operation,” Fischer tweeted.
Additionally, legal experts have said Trump’s various lawsuits do not contain enough evidence to reverse the election results in a single state, much less the entire election.
Still, for weeks after Election Day, the Trump campaign continued to distribute urgent calls for money alongside several misleading or false claims attempting to sow doubt and confusion over Biden’s victory. Here are some of those allegations:
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Were Poll Watchers ‘Thrown Out’ of Vote Counting Rooms?
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Did Americans Vote After Polls Closed in the 2020 Election?
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Were Trays of Mail, Including Mail-In Ballots, Found in a Ditch?
The U.S. Postal Service has been under fire for several problems concerning mail-in ballots in 2020.
RUMOR ALERT: Biden Did Not Receive 100% of 128K New Votes in Michigan
As social media users quickly shared election updates, some erroneous takes went viral.
Did Biden ‘Admit’ to Voter Fraud?
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RUMOR ALERT: Philadelphia Polling Station Sign ‘Violation’
More evidence is required before this claim can be rated in a traditional Snopes fact check, but official sources have refuted it.
Second Georgia County Finds Previously Uncounted Votes
A second Georgia county has uncovered a trove of votes not previously included in election results, but the additional votes won’t change the overall outcome of the presidential race.
Debunking Trump Tweets: Biden’s 143K Vote ‘Dump’ in Wisconsin
Voting spikes did occur in Wisconsin and other states as ballots were being counted, but for ordinary and predictable reasons.
Debunking Trump Tweets: 20,000 Dead Voters in Pennsylvania
There is currently no proof provided that any deceased Pennsylvanian has voted in the 2020 election.
Does Biden Want Fraudulent Ballots To Count in the 2020 Election?
The baseless claim suggests the president-elect has ordered elections workers nationwide to break laws governing vote counting.
Were Millions of Mail-in Ballots Wrongly Sent to People Who Didn’t Request Them?
Some states automatically send mail-in ballots to all registered voters ... because they registered to vote.