Disinfo: The election in the US is an absolute deception – it has no connection to democracy

Summary

The US has one of the most archaic election systems in the world with an enormous amount of irregularities. We saw fictitious polling stations, postal voting, all types of fraud, 102%-results. The election in the US is an absolute deception – it has no relation to the majority opinion. This election does not take into consideration the opinions of real people. The word “democracy” is not appropriate there. Thus, the US President is not elected by people.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about the US Presidential elections and American democracy in general.

The claims that the US Presidential elections faced an “enormous number of irregularities” is not supported by evidence.

The OSCE Observation Mission states that the 2020 Presidential elections vote was “competitive and well managed”. Read more OSCE statements on the American elections here.

See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the US election in our database, such as claims that Joe Biden is preparing a coup, and his militants are setting the US on fire; that Biden refused to condemn street violence because he fears losing electoral weight; that the US is on the verge of a civil war and militias are only a reaction against governmental abuse; that the CIA is organising a colour revolution to oust Donald Trump after November 2020; or that the result of the election doesn’t matter because the real ruler is the Deep State.

Read more about the American elections and the institution of the electoral college here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Conspiracy theory, Democracy, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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