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US President Donald Trump has spoken with Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo, her first television interview since the election.
Bartiromo opened the interview Sunday with a question about voter fraud, telling Trump: “The facts are on your side.” Trump responded by falsely saying, “This election was a fraud; it was a rigged choice. “

There is no evidence that the election was rigged or there was electoral fraud.

The Fox host then reflected the president’s anger and said, “This is disgusting and we cannot allow America’s election to be corrupted.”

US President Donald Trump walks with his grandchildren on the White House lawn. (AP)

The interview highlighted that Trump “is unable or unwilling to accept reality,” CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said.

False accusations on voting issues

“We had rulings where thousands of votes were shifted from my account to Biden’s account,” Trump falsely told Ms. Bartiromo as he continued to attack voting by mail and incorrectly stated that “dead people were requesting a ballot.”

In addition to Trump’s unwillingness to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the election, Bartiromo’s uncontested acceptance of Trump’s false narrative also poses a danger to American democracy, CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy said in Reliable sources.

“News organizations, and I think Fox claims to be one of them, have a responsibility,” said Darcy.

Trump continued to make false accusations about voter fraud in the US elections. (Staton Breidenthal / The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Trump’s election disinformation campaign is less a cohesive strategy and more about throwing spaghetti at the wall in the hope that something will stick, said Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

“What he’s running now is a classic,” Rauch said.

He added that Trump’s intention is to “flood the area” and “confuse people” by eliminating conspiracy theories, lies and half-truths.

The fact that his conspiracy theories have gained so much traction shows that Trump’s strategy has been effective in gaining the support of Republicans, if not in overturning the election result.

When it comes to Trump’s abilities in this area, Rauch said, “I think he’s better than Putin.”

Rauch added that President-elect Joe Biden has done a good job of “not taking the bait in every conspiracy that is launched.”

‘I came up with vaccines’

Almost an hour after the interview, Trump finally spoke about the coronavirus pandemic that continues to rampage.

Though America keeps hitting new records of coronavirus infectionsTrump claimed that the United States has more control of the pandemic than other nations, a fact belied by the United States’ higher infection rate than many countries.

“We are doing better than the rest of the world,” Trump told Ms Bartiromo, speaking about the way the coronavirus has been handled in the United States.

A researcher at a Jenner Institute laboratory in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
President Donald Trump has taken credit for the development of the coronavirus vaccine by drug companies. (AP)

As of Sunday, there are more than 13 million COVID-19 cases in the US and more than 266,000 people in the US have died from complications from the coronavirus.

Trump also took credit for drug companies’ vaccine trials, which have resulted in far better efficacy rates than expected.

The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed ​​funded research, development, and eventual distribution of the vaccine by some pharmaceutical companies, but some companies with successful vaccine trials, such as Pfizer (PFE) – did not participate in the administration’s program.

“I came up with vaccines that people didn’t think we would have for five years,” Trump said. In fact, pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Novavax, created the vaccines.

Sunday’s interview came after a long streak of silence from Trump. People who work closely with the president have avoided answering questions about the election, avoiding questions about the president’s efforts to reverse the election.

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