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Monday, November 13, 2023
WND Columnist Purports To Make 'Good Faith' Attempt To Spread Bogus Election Fraud Narrative
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Michael Schisler is an occasional WorldNetDaily columnist who has peddled COVID conspiracy theories, so it's unsurprising that he would dip a toe into conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, and he also got into the whole "mass formation psychosis" thing that right-wing conspiracy-mongers bought into when their COVID conspiracy theories were debunked. He used his Sept. 15 column to complain about "outlier" numbers in the election, using that to hint at fraud he doesn't actually prove:

For 2008 through 2016, only on-trend increases and decreases in the metrics examined are seen, with no outliers. This may be surprising to some, given the loser's claims about the 2016 election.

Then we have 2020, Biden vs. Trump.

The outliers in this election cycle will be described as "unprecedented" if they are both record setting numbers within the modern election era and also have outlier characteristics.

An all-time U.S. record-shattering 47.8% of all Americans were recorded as casting their legal vote in 2020. This represents an unprecedented 14.6% increase over the previous election.

For perspective, 2008 is the second-highest on record with only 42.6% of all Americans voting in the Obama vs. McCain election. This represents a below average 2.9% increase over the previous election.

For context, the average percent of citizens voting in the modern era is about 38%. For elections in year 2000 and later, the average is slightly higher at about 40% (excluding the outlier 47.8% recorded for 2020).

In 2020, Biden was awarded an unprecedented 29.1% more votes than the previous the election winner (Trump 2016).


Other notable re-election stats with outlier characteristics:

In his re-election bid of 2012, Obama underperformed his first term vote totals by -5.1% yet won his bid for re-election. Obama is the only president in all of U.S. history to underperform his first term vote totals by any amount, yet secure a second term.

In 2020 Trump outperformed his first term vote totals by 17.9%, which is the fourth-highest outperformance in the modern era, behind only Nixon, Reagan and Bush Jr. (who all won), yet Trump lost his bid for re-election. Trump is the only president in all of U.S. history to outperform his first term vote totals by any amount and lose his re-election bid.

Not only does Schisler not bother to explain how this adds up -- let alone mention the COVID pandemic that likely played a role in creating the outliers he's complaining about -- he effectively undercut what he spent an entire column by his own disclaimer at the end:

Disclaimer Notice: The data presented in this article was computed from raw election stats and commonly available population data on a good faith basis. However, the accuracy of the source data, computations and statements made are not guaranteed, and for legal purposes should be considered opinions of the writer.

But there'sno reason to treat any claim by a wannabe election denier as being made in "good faith" -- ignoring that the election has been repeatedly analyzed and found not to have any significant fraud issues in order to still peddle a bogus narrative is the very defintion of bad faith.


Posted by Terry K. at 6:36 PM EST

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