Rep. Paul Gosar draws attention to ‘Dominion’ election fraud claims

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), fresh off of his SharpieGate conspiracy, draws attention to another election fraud claim: Dominion rigged the election for Joe Biden.

The conspiracy grew from the ashes of the Hammer & Scorecard conspiracy, but Gosar brought it to the mainstream conversation according to the New York Times.

The Hammer and Scorecard story came together with disparate conspiracy theories about Dominion voting systems that had been kicking around on the left and the right, most forcefully on the Twitter feed of a Republican congressman from Arizona, Paul Gosar. In a post on Nov. 6, he called on Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, to “investigate the accuracy and reliability of the Dominion ballot software and its impact on our general election.

The tweet helped set off a social media wildfire, drawing intense interest from accounts that regularly circulate and decode QAnon-related content.”

The New York Times

The Dominion conspiracy takes different forms over the next 70 days. Sometimes the conspiracy involves Venezuela and dead political figures. Other times the real Dominion culprit is George Soros, a man Republican voters know nothing about but have been programmed to hate after years of unproven criminal accusations from right-wing media.

As long as Trump’s most devoted supporters can blame Dominion for “stealing” the election, they won’t care if George Washington is mixed in to the conspiracy. That’s what makes it so powerful.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/31/us/trump-election-lie.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/11/trumps-dominion-vote-fraud-election-conspiracy-theory-crazy.html

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