Trump Turns to Notorious Right-Wing Fake ‘News’ Website to Push His Election Fraud Lies

America is undergoing a trifecta of tribulations. In the midst of a deadly pandemic, we have also had a category 4 hurricane, and we are struggling to extricate ourselves from a twenty year long war in Afghanistan. But leave it to Donald Trump to awkwardly shift the topic back to his own delusional and narcissistic self-interests.

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That’s right. Trump has waived off COVID (which he never really cared about), Afghanistan, and Hurricane Ida, to whine about his having lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden eight months ago. On Monday afternoon Trump released a statement via his spokes-shill, Liz Harrington (whose proxy Trump tweeting is violating Twitter’s rules against circumventing a ban), asserting yet another bogus claim of election fraud. It’s just another branch of his “Big Lie” that incited the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C.

In Trump’s latest claim he yowls that “Georgia has been caught,” covering up some utterly unfounded discrepancy with 43,000 mail in ballots. As usual, there is no credible evidence of anything improper with the vote in Georgia that has been recounted three times under the supervision of all Republican officials, including the Governor and Secretary of State.

Another good indicator of the illegitimacy of this claim is Trump’s source, the Georgia Star News. National Public Radio investigated this organization in February and reported that

“[The Georgia Star News] looks like a regular news website [but] It’s part of the Star News Network — an expanding network of pro-Trump sites seeking to influence local politics with conservative opinion by mimicking the look and feel of local newspaper sites.”

In other words, it’s a sham run by right-wing propagandists to put out politically partisan disinformation. They have a track record that already includes a fact check by Georgia Public Broadcasting that found a previous article about allegedly missing ballots was entirely false. Another article asserting problems with ballot drop boxes was given 4 Pinocchios by the Washington Post. Trump thanked and praised the Georgia Star News for that pack of lies in a tweet at the time.

Trump routinely links to articles by disreputable news manglers like Newsmax, OAN, Breitbart, Daily Caller, and Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post (all of which he did today). But the Georgia Star News is a new low in shameless media hackery. It is literally “fake” news. And it says something about the level of desperation that Trump is sinking to in order to continue peddling his lies.

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