Friday, May 24, 2024

Voting fraud, transgender rights: Trump’s false, misleading claims at California GOP Convention - Sacramento Bee

Playing to his audience by “owning the libs,” in this case progressive Democratic leaders in California, former President Donald Trump made a slew of false or misleading claims at Friday’s California Republican Party Fall Convention in Anaheim.

Here’s a look at what he said and where the facts lie:

Claim: California’s mail-in ballot system is rigged

Rating: False

Trump spent a great deal of time trying to discredit California’s voting system.

“The state is rigged. It’s a rigged election,” he said. “It’s a horrible thing, and we have to turn it back.”

“There’s no way we lose this state in a real election,” he added about his campaign for the presidency.

Voter fraud across the country, and in California, is extremely rare.

A 2020 Associated Press review of voter fraud in six battleground states found fewer than 475 potential cases across 25.5 million ballots cast. A Loyola Law School study of elections between 2000 and 2014 found 31 instances of voter fraud out of more than 1 billion ballots cast.

In 2020, it was actually the California Republican Party that admitted to placing more than 50 fake ballot drop boxes in Los Angeles, Fresno and Orange counties.

Trump also resurfaced the false claim that former President Jimmy Carter said “don’t use mail-in ballots.”

Although Carter raised concerns about absentee voting in a 2005 report, he never called for its elimination.

In his closing comments, Trump vowed to eliminate mail-in voting options, among other changes to...

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