In the early hours of November 4th, when it became clear to everyone that Joe Biden would garner far more than the 270 electoral votes necessary to win, Trump stepped on camera to complain. Speaking at this point, Trump said, “We prepared to win this election. To be honest, we won this election. "
That's a lie. Had Trump confined himself to statements that were not more generalized as such, he might still have generated a sense of genuine anger and disappointment among his supporters, but it is unlikely that this would have generated the kind of anger that led to Jan. 6. Trump didn't, however. I'm not sticking to the generic victory claim.
By On November 7, shortly after the Associated Press scheduled the election for Biden, Trump was back on the air to issue a statement leveling the first of many specific charges. "The Biden Campaign … wants ballot papers to be counted, even if they are fraudulent, manufactured or submitted by ineligible or deceased voters." All of these charges would stand through Jan. 6, and Trump's team would eventually assign numbers to each category – 8,000 dead voters, 14,000 non-state voters, 10,000 late ballots – without ever explaining where they got those values.
Over the following months, Trump added more specific fees. He claimed there were fraudulent dropboxes in Wisconsin. The Arizona Republicans' votes had been rejected. Those boxes of votes had been smuggled into Philadelphia.
Trump was still making both his general allegations and these very specific allegations until the last “Stop the Steal” speech on the morning of January 6th. "… this year you rigged an election, you rigged it like you have never done before. You've rigged an election before, and by the way, you didn't do a bad job last night either, if you notice … We will stop the theft! … We won it through a landslide. This wasn't a close choice. … In Pennsylvania over 205,000 other ballots were counted. Now think about it, you had 205,000 more ballots than you had voters … So in Pennsylvania you had 205,000 more votes than you had voters, and it is – the number is actually way bigger than it is now … In Wisconsin, corrupt By Democrats managed cities deployed more than 500 illegal unmanned, unsecured dropboxes that received at least 91,000 illegal votes. … you have these lockers. And they pick them up and go away for two days. People would say where is that box? They were gone. Nobody knew where the hell it was. In addition, more than 170,000 absentee ballots were counted in Wisconsin without a valid absentee ballot. So they had a vote, but they didn't have an application, and that's illegal in Wisconsin. That said, these votes were obviously conducted against state law and were 100 percent from democratic areas like Milwaukee and Madison. 100 percent."
Would a “reasonable lawyer” know that these statements are lies? Of course they would. This is easy to see as these arguments have consistently been rejected every time they went before a judge. Not all of the Trump team's 62 lawsuits were based on statements of fact. Some have been faced with testimony that specifically indicated the lack of real evidence to support Trump's claims.
“One might expect a plaintiff to be mightily armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption in search of such a surprising result. That didn't happen. “- US District Court Judge Matthew Brann
There have been months when Trump's team may have specified their claims. Months in which they may have clarified the source of all these numbers. They didn't do that. Instead, they added claims about a dead Venezuelan dictator and servers hidden in Germany. Dominion Voting Systems is suing Rudy Giuliani for running a "viral disinformation campaign" for $ 1.3 billion. Trump repeated all of these allegations at his rallies until the end.
When Trump's lawyers claim that a "rational lawyer" cannot know that Trump's claims are false, they are actually referring to an ignorant lawyer. Someone exposed to all of these false claims and not allowed to see any of the actual information. Like a Fox News viewer. Because a rational, informed juror could definitely say that Trump's statements weren't just lies, but lies that were specifically created to create confusion about facts that are otherwise very sharp and dry.
Most surprisingly, however, Trump not only says that someone making these statements could have been believed before Jan. 6, he still refuses to admit they are false. That explicit inclusion in his response makes everything Trump said before and after January 6th fair game. Property management managers should be much happier about this than Trump's legal team.