Breaking democracy to hold power (US2020 Disinformation news, ed. 3)

What drives the #delegitimise strategy?

  • Covid19 means mail-in voting will be larger than average,
  • Trump’s base, however, is likely to vote in person, in part because he’s undermined the perceived legitimacy of postal voting
  • Those heavily Republican, in-person votes will be counted first, so early results will be pro-Trump
  • Postal votes will then slowly turn the tide towards Biden.

Claiming victory and seeing it overturned by postal votes is a perfect Trump narrative for delegitimising a lost election

Stacking the bench

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Following the money

Frameworks for understanding disinformation

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