Washington (CNN)The Conservative Political Action Conference began Friday with a series of false claims about the 2020 election and other matters.
The CPAC agenda made clear in advance that the conference — taking place in Orlando instead of its usual home lawful open air Washington, DC — would feature election-related mendacity. Over three days, the CPAC agenda comprises seven separate panels or speeches below the title of “preserving elections” — plus appearances by other outstanding figures, together with ragged President Donald Trump himself, who have falsely insisted that the election was stolen.
Here is a fact test of some of the statements CPAC speakers made on Friday:
Biden gaining ground on Election Night
Early in the Friday complaints, CPAC played a video segment that strongly urged there was mass fraud or widespread malfeasance in the 2020 election.
The segment was titled “YOUR VOTES CANCELED.” Among other issues, it urged there was one thing nefarious about the fact that Joe Biden gained ground late on election evening in vote-counting in swing states — displaying one commentator saying this was “statistically inconceivable,” another saying it was “very strange,” and another, the late radio host Speed Limbaugh, saying the “vote fairy” had visited in a single day.
Facts First: Here is nonsense, as CNN and many others have repeatedly explained since November. Biden gained ground in the vote depend in some states as legitimate votes were legitimately counted.
Biden merely did far better than Trump with those that voted utilizing mail-in ballots, which some states counted later than they counted in-individual ballots. (In Pennsylvania, for example, this happened in part because Republican state legislators refused to allow the processing of mail-in votes to start before Election Day as Democrats proposed.) Biden also did far better than Trump in most ample cities, which had more ballots to depend than smaller communities.
Biden did no longer gain ground late at evening in every competitive state. In Florida, where counties were allowed to start counting mail-in ballots sooner than Election Day, Biden jumped out to what ended up being a mirage of a ample lead, but Trump overtook him after in-individual votes were counted. In Arizona, Trump gained ground as the counting proceeded past Election Day, although he peaceful ended up shedding.
The legitimacy of the election
TW Shannon, a ragged Republican state legislator in Oklahoma, said that mobs happen “when of us have a sense of hopelessness.” After claiming that Democratic mayors had failed to offer hope to the those that ended up burning cities in the summer of 2020, Shannon then said, “The reason that of us stormed the Capitol was because they felt hopeless because of a rigged election.”
Facts First: The election was no longer rigged. Joe Biden was the legitimate winner. There is rarely any proof of widespread fraud or malfeasance.
Shannon would have been appropriate if he had said that many of the those that stormed the Capitol believed the election had been rigged. However that’s no longer what he said.
Fraud and topple packing containers
Conservative commentator Deroy Murdock said: “Democrats, no longer Republicans, installed ballot topple packing containers on sidewalks, where no person oversaw them. How many fraudulent ballots bought deposited in these packing containers unchecked and then bought counted? Who knows.”
Facts First: Murdock’s suggestion that ballot topple packing containers were alarmed is false; there is rarely any signal that these topple packing containers were old fraudulently in the 2020 election. The packing containers were secured in various ways: affixed to the ground, designed with anti-tampering measures, and, in many cases, subjected to 24-hour video surveillance. Also, some states and counties speed by Republicans made use of ballot topple packing containers.
In addition, states and counties employed various safety measures to make certain that the legitimacy of the ballots that were deposited in the packing containers. Even supposing topple packing containers are hypothetically tampered with, ballots themselves peaceful have to pass the usual exams once they arrive at an elections office.
Who perpetrated the attack on the Capitol
Talking about the attack on the Capitol, conservative radio host Wayne Dupree said there were “a lot of of us there — Antifa was there, BLM was there, MAGA of us were there, all individuals was there. And if Joe Biden wants to talk unity, there was unity there on that day, because America is ill and tired of being pushed down.”
Facts First: Dupree was rank to counsel the attack on the Capitol was carried out by a united hodgepodge of political activists from left-fly and ideally suited-fly actions. In reality, the arise was overwhelmingly perpetrated by supporters of Donald Trump.
We all know this from videos taken on the day of the attack, social media postings by participants in the attack, and court docket documents filed by the FBI afterward. The FBI has said that there is no indication that Antifa contributors disguised themselves as Trump supporters that day.
We can’t speak definitively about the political positions of every single one that was inquisitive about the mob, and the ideology of some alleged participants can be hard to pinpoint. (One of them, who has a uncommon political historical past, had previously old the hashtags #antifa and #blm on social media, although he has denied actually being part of the Antifa motion.) Then again it’s abundantly clear that the vast majority were Trump supporters.
Church buildings in California
Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford criticized California for its coronavirus restrictions.
“The of us of California are recalling their governor because they’ve had enough of these stringent closures. They’ve had enough of the encroachment upon their rights, and enough of the authorities telling them that they can accumulate pleasure from a 5-star meal at ‘French Laundry’ with their governor but they can’t paddle to church,” Lee said.
Lankford later echoed Lee’s insinuation of California’s hypocrisy, stating that California is a place “where you can paddle to swanky restaurants but now to now not church.”
Facts First: This needs context.
At the moment, California residents can paddle to places of adore which purchase to open, although indoor capacity is proscribed. The state did initially ban indoor church services in counties regarded as at widespread possibility of coronavirus transmission but after the US Supreme Court docket ruled partially in favor of the churches on February 5, California had to revise its pointers. According to the latest guidance, places of adore must restrict indoor attendance to 25% of capacity. The state’s Covid-19 web scrape also notes that church capacity can be expanded to 50% of building capacity based on the tier of coronavirus threat the state is experiencing. Singing and chanting is allowed if performers wear masks and maintain distance.
Lee and Lankford’s argument for hypocrisy references California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s attendance at an match with a dozen of us at Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry, for which he was broadly criticized. According to photos obtained by Fox 11 in Los Angeles, Newsom and the other company were sitting on the restaurant’s open air patio but none of them were wearing a mask regardless of being in discontinuance proximity.
Newsom apologized for his behavior and the choice to dine out at the restaurant when he announced original coronavirus restrictions later that month, spirited all counties to the strictest tier. Newsom’s behavior at The French Laundry would have violated the guidance for face coverings included in the original restrictions. Beneath the original pointers, diners may totally take away their masks if they are “actively eating or drinking” and are at least six feet away from anyone no longer in their household.
Biden’s comments on China and the Uyghurs
Robby Starbuck, who’s running for Congress in Tennessee, castigated Biden for comments he claimed Biden made all thru a CNN town hall earlier this month.
“They did one thing that I — I never understanding CNN would enact, but they asked him about the Uyghurs in China who are being raped, tortured, and formative years are being kidnapped, forced to praise China as their mother and to praise communism as their savior. They asked Joe Biden about it, and he said it amounted to a mere cultural difference,” Starbuck said.
Starbuck added, “I originate no longer judge that more disgusting phrases have ever left the lips of an American president.”
Facts First: Starbuck misleadingly described what Biden said. Biden did seek advice from cultural variations all thru this section of the town hall, but he did no longer brush off China’s persecution of the Uyghurs as a “mere cultural difference.” In fact, he said moments sooner than his remark about cultural variations that it’s important for a US president to speak out against China’s treatment of the Uyghurs and other human rights abuses.
Here’s what actually happened.
When Anderson Cooper asked, “What about the Uyghurs? What about the human rights abuses in China?” Biden spoke back, “We must speak up for human rights. It be who we are.” Biden said he identified to Chinese President Xi Jinping on their February cell phone call that “no American president can be sustained as a president if he doesn’t assume the values of the United States. And so the idea I’m no longer going to speak out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uyghurs in western mountains of China …”
Biden soon persisted, “And by the — he said he — he gets it. Culturally, there are varied norms that each country and they — their leaders — are expected to apply.”
Biden’s comments were a bit muddled. In context, although, he perceived to be saying that Xi understands that, given the varied cultural norms for each country’s leader, there is a cultural norm for an American president to speak out on human rights factors. And given that Biden had lawful said that “we must speak up for human rights” and speak out against “what he’s doing with the Uyghurs,” Starbuck’s account of Biden’s response to Cooper omitted essential information.
Misleading descriptions of Biden’s remark have circulated broadly among conservatives on social media.
The Muppets and the left
Mocking the left, Donald Trump Jr. said, “This month alone, they’ve banned The Muppets. And then if there’s issues you understanding were kind of above cancellation, you may be rank. There is nothing the radical left will now not cancel.”
Facts First: Trump Jr. was rank; The Muppets have no longer been banned. In fact, the Disney+ streaming carrier lawful this month started to offer “The Muppet Display,” which originally aired from 1976 to 1981. Trump Jr. may have been regarding the fact that Disney+ added a shriek disclaimer at the origin of 18 episodes and is no longer airing two other episodes — but neither of these strikes can be fairly described as a ban on The Muppets.
The shriek warning says that the episodes embrace “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of of us or cultures,” and “these stereotypes were rank then and are rank now,” the Los Angeles Instances reported. The look goes on to say: “Rather than take away this shriek, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversations to create a more inclusive future together.”
The Instances reported that “each episode bears the 12-2d disclaimer for a varied reason, from (Johnny) Cash’s appearance singing in entrance of a Confederate flag to negative depictions of Native Americans, Center Easterners and of us from other cultures.”
The Instances reported that two episodes from the final season of the reveal were left off Disney+ altogether, whereas Entertainment Weekly neatly-known that assorted other songs and sketches were uncared for. It’s far no longer always clear that any of these omissions were related to culturally delicate shriek; Entertainment Weekly neatly-known that one of the two episodes starred any individual that was later convicted of possessing cramped one pornography, whereas other omissions may have been related to challenges securing music rights.
Vote casting around the world
All thru a panel on preserving elections, Republican attorney Jesse Binnall, who tried to overturn the election ends up in Nevada on behalf of the Trump campaign, claimed, “The leisure of the world almost exclusively does voting in individual because of the opportunities for fraud in mail-in voting.”
Facts First: Binnall is rank about the voting habits of other countries.
Approximately 1/4 of countries use mail-in voting, according to the Pew Research Center. A survey of consultants by the Electoral Integrity Project, speed by researchers at Harvard University and Sydney University, came across that of the 166 countries for which data was available, 40 old postal ballots even before the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Electoral Integrity Project analysis, postal ballots were most generally old in North America and Europe. Around 1/3 of European countries have some obtain of mail-in voting, based on an October 2020 report issued by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, an intergovernmental organization aimed at advancing democracy worldwide.
CNN has also repeatedly fact-checked old false claims about mail-in voting and fraud. In the United States, proof of mail ballot fraud is exceedingly rare. While there are some vulnerabilities, states have programs and processes in place to forestall forgery, theft and voter fraud.