Disinfo: There is a coup d'état happening in the US

Summary

In fact, there is a coup d’etat happening in the United States, where the incumbent President is completely illegitimately and brazenly deprived of his presidential post.

Disproof

Disinformation narrative about the 2020 US Presidential Election.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden was elected the 46th President of the United States on 7 November, beating incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump, by securing more than the required 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which has been observing US elections since 2002, found the 2020 general election to be "competitive and well managed" despite the logistical issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second group of international election observers from the Organisation of American States (OAS) reported its members did not see any evidence of fraud despite President Trump's assertions that widespread fraud affected the election. The OAS’ preliminary report, released last week, was based on 28 experts from 13 countries who witnessed the election proceedings in Washington, D.C., and four states: Georgia, Iowa, Maryland and Michigan. The expansiveness of the observation was inhibited by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation noted.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that Joe Biden is preparing a coup, and his militants are setting the US on fire.

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  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Donald Trump, Elections, Coup
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The West demands Ukraine stops coal mining

The Government of the United Kingdom demanded that Ukraine completely stops mining coal and using it to generate electricity. The Acting Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Olha Buslavets spoke about this.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood.

The Acting Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Olha Buslavets has commented on an offer to join to Powering Past Coal Alliance:

The water problem in Crimea is Ukraine's fault

The problem of providing water to the people and irrigating lands in Crimea appeared in 2014 when Ukraine unilaterally cut off the water coming through the North Crimean Canal from the Ukrainian province of Kherson to the peninsula.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative to hide the truth about Ukraine, the Crimea, and the North Crimean Canal.

The main condition for the renewal of the agreements on the water supply to the Crimea is the presence of legitimate authorities on the peninsula, which are absent after the annexation in the Crimea.

The 2020 US presidential election was marked by fraud and media bias

There’s quite an amusing tweet from eight years ago, in which Donald Trump warns about electoral fraud: “‘It doesn’t matter who you vote for, it matters who is counting the votes.’ Be careful of voter fraud!” This is what Trump wrote a month before the 2012 presidential election.

And what is happening now is certainly astounding. Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani stated there had been machinations during the vote count. Even the OSCE notes the bias in the American TV channels’ coverage of the US election.

Disproof

The story is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative seeking to delegitimise the conduct and results of the 2020 US presidential election.

The OSCE report referred to in the segment noted that President Trump had issued warnings of large-scale falsification "without presenting any substantial evidence of systematic malfeasance and contradicting election officials at all levels" (p. 3), and that "[i]n contrast to these allegations, national security agencies issued statements attempting to reassure citizens about the integrity of the election process" (p. 11).