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Fake News: Elections In 3 States NOT Tossed Out For Voter Fraud

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:38:38 Z)

Were election results in Minnesota, Wyoming and Delaware thrown out after voter fraud was discovered? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a liberal website satirically masquerading as a right-wing news site in order to get Trump supporters and conservatives to share fake news so fans of the site can then mock them for it. The states in question didn't even have actual elections recently.

The story originated from an article published by America's Last Line of Defense on August 10, 2018 titled "BREAKING: Elections In 3 States Tossed Out For Voter Fraud" (archived here) which opened:

Elections in three states that carried Democrats have to be thrown out and rescheduled, according to a federal appeals judge. Justice Art Tubolls of the 15th District US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled:

"Cases of verified voter fraud have been found in Minnesota, Wyoming and Delaware. The counties reporting issues are all Democrat strongholds. It's obvious manipulation of our democracy."

The White has released a statement that anyone caught interfering with a US election will pay the harshest of prices. "Election fraud is treason. You can swing from the gallows for that still," Trump tweeted.

Screenshot of https://americaslastlineofdefense.org/breaking-elections-in-3-states-tossed-out-for-voter-fraud/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail in order to get the stronges possible reaction out of the intended audience:

BREAKING: Elections In 3 States Tossed Out For Voter Fraud

The Dems will tell you fraud isn't happening.

But there isn't a "15th District US Circuit Court of Appeals" and "Justice" Art Tubbols has a name that is just an anagram for "Busta Troll", the nickname of the man running the website. There are numerous other hints on the page that the whole thing is made up, for example the warning in the header that says "Information You Probably Shoudn't Trust".

The article also mentions "Minnesota, Wyoming and Delaware" while the most recent primaries in fact took place on August 7, 2018 in Kansas, Missouri and Michigan. And Donald Trump never tweeted "Election fraud is treason. You can swing from the gallows for that still".

The site comes with a clear satire disclaimer at the bottom of each article:

sat·ire ~ˈsaˌtī(ə)r
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, OR ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
If you disagree with the definition of satire or have decided it is synonymous with "comedy," you should really just move along.

The owner and main writer of the site is self-professed liberal troll Christopher Blair, a man from Maine who has made it his full time job to troll gullible conservatives and Trump supporters into liking and sharing his articles. He runs several other websites, including potatriotpost.us, dailyworldupdate.us and nofakenewsonline.us. Sometimes he is also known under his nickname "Busta Troll". A second man working on the sites is John Prager as revealed in this earlier story we wrote.

Articles from Blair's sites frequently get copied by "real" fake news sites who often omit the satire disclaimer and any other hints the stories are fake. Blair has tried to get these sites shut down in the past but new ones keep cropping up and he keeps knocking them down.

If you see one of his stories on a site that does not contain a satire disclaimer, assume it is fake news. If you do see the satire disclaimer it is of course also fake news.

We wrote about americaslastlineofdefense.org before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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