Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday blasted President Trump for citing a controversial study to blame Google for manipulating the 2016 election in her favor.
“The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted.”
Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019
Clinton noted that the study referenced by Trump was “debunked” and its methodology has been discredited.
“The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters,” Clinton tweeted.
“For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted,” she added.
Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 34 people, including six Trump associates, as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“This researcher’s inaccurate claim has been debunked since it was made in 2016,” a Google spokesperson said in response to Trump’s tweet. “As we stated then, we have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment.”
“Our goal is to always provide people with access to high quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.”