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Fact-checking Trump’s conspiracy theory connecting Georgia’s secretary of state to China


#Following #Secretary of #State #Brad #Raffensperger’s announcement that a ballot signature match audit found no evidence of absentee voter fraud in #Cobb #County, #Georgia, #Trump tweeted a conspiracy theory linking #Raffensperger to the #Chinese government.
#Trump tweeted that #Raffensperger has a brother who “works for #China,” insinuating some nefarious, pro-China plot to have #Trump lose the race in #Georgia.

“#Now it turns out that #Brad R’s brother works for #China, and they definitely don’t want ‘#Trump’. #So disgusting!” the #President tweeted after attacking #Georgia’s #Republican #Gov. #Brian #Kemp.

#Facts #First: #This is false. A spokesperson for #Raffensperger told CNN that the secretary of state has no siblings who work for #China, as #Trump baselessly alleged.

“There are no relatives who work for #China or are affiliated with #China,” said #Georgia #Deputy #Secretary of #State #Jordan #Fuchs.

#Though it’s unclear exactly where #Trump is getting the idea that #Raffensperger’s brother works for #China, it’s possible he is picking up on a false conspiracy theory spread by former political consultant #Dick #Morris, who made the allegation during an interview on #Newsmax #Tuesday evening and on his personal website.
#In the interview, #Morris leveled several false or misleading accusations against #Raffensberger, including that #Raffensperger is related to #Ron #Raffensperger, the chief technology officer of the #Chinese company #Huawei #Enterprise #Storage #Solutions. #Fuchs said that the secretary of state does not have a sibling named #Ron.
#Georgia #Public #Broadcasting reported #Wednesday “public documents and records [show] that #Raffensperger does have four siblings, including a brother, but none of them are named #Ron, none work for #Chinese technology companies.”
#Morris also falsely accused #Raffensperger of standing in the way of recounts and refusing to verify signatures. #Georgia conducted a statewide audit, hand-counting about 5 million ballots and #Raffensperger oversaw an additional recount. #And in addition to the state’s existing signature verification process that occurs twice in the case of absentee ballots requested by mail, #Raffensberger announced his office would help conduct a signature match audit statewide to further verify signatures on absentee ballots.
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#In a statement, #Newsmax told CNN:

“#Newsmax has never made any claim of impropriety by #Georgia #Sec. of #State #Brad #Raffensperger or any member of his family. #On #Tuesday night, while appearing on the network, commentator #Dick #Morris claimed he was reporting on #Dickmorris.com an allegation that #Raffensperger had a brother who worked at a #Chinese company. #This claim was apparently inaccurate. #During the segment the #Newsmax host was highly skeptical of #Mr. #Morris’ claims and suggested there was no evidence behind #Mr. #Morris’ assertion, and specifically asked #Mr. #Morris to provide evidence of his claim.”

CNN has attempted to reach #Morris for comment but has yet to receive a response.

CNN’s #Jason #Morris contributed to this article.





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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/30/politics/ga-sos-brother-trump-tweet-fact-check/index.html

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