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Trump released a statement claiming California’s recall election rigged less than an hour after the polls closed

US President Donald Trump weighed in on the recall elections in California – which should have been won by Governor Gavin Newsom – calling them “rigged”. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

Donald Trump’s team released a statement from the former president via email on September 14, alleging there had been a “rigged vote” in the California recall election.

Insider and Decision Desk HQ called the race for Governor Gavin Newsom at 8:21 p.m. PT. Newsom survived the recall and beat 46 other candidates, including controversial GOP main contender Larry Elder. Insider received the email from Trump’s team less than an hour after polling stations in California closed.

“People don’t realize that despite the rigged vote in California (I call it the ‘Swarming Ballots’), I got 1.5 million more votes in 2020 than in 2016,” Trump wrote in the press release.

There is no evidence of widespread vote rigging in California’s recall elections.

Trump then acknowledged that Newsom was “probably winning,” while focusing on the governor’s handling of the California drought.

“The place is so rigged, though, that a guy who can’t even bring water into his state, which I got federal approval to do (that’s the hard part), will win. probably, “Trump continued.

“Billions of gallons of water from northern California are sent out to sea, rather than being spilled statewide. It’s about protecting the tiny delta smelt, which is doing much worse now. without water, ”Trump wrote.

California has a history of water flowing into the Pacific Ocean that is wasted. And the Delta Smelt, a small blue fish that lives only in San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is, as Trump wrote in the statement, in critical condition.

Trump also got federal approval to divert water to irrigate farms in 2019, but the New York Times reported that this involved lifting protections for fish like Delta Smelt. In fact, Trump’s actions could have driven the fish to extinction, according to a 2019 Guardian report. In October 2018, Trump signed a memorandum asking federal agencies to slow the water supply to farms in the valley. plant, which could have left the smelt without the cool, cold water they need to survive and thrive.

In the statement, Trump went on to say that there were similarities between the California recall election and the 2020 presidential election.

“A lot of people are already complaining that when they go to vote they are told, ‘I’m sorry, you already voted’ (Just like 2020, among others),” Trump wrote.

There is no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election, and judges have spoken emphatically against the Trump campaign lawsuits that alleged voter fraud in 12 states, including Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania .

According to the Poynter Institute’s fact-checker Politifact, there have been two instances where voters were falsely told they had already voted in this year’s California recall election. However, they were allowed to vote provisionally, and there is no evidence that GOP voters were targeted.

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