President Trump claimed on Saturday that a “young military man” working in Afghanistan said elections there were “far more secure and much better run” than the U.S. presidential election of 2020, despite Taliban suicide bombings killing scores of innocent people during a 2019 Afghan presidential election that devolved into a month-long political battle between candidates who both claimed victory.
“A young military man working in Afghanistan told me that elections in Afghanistan are far more secure and much better run than the USA’s 2020 Election,” Trump wrote on Twitter, sharing thoroughly debunked claims of widespread voter fraud in the United States.
“Ours, with its millions and millions of corrupt Mail-In Ballots, was the election of a third world country. Fake President!” he added.
A young military man working in Afghanistan told me that elections in Afghanistan are far more secure and much better run than the USA’s 2020 Election. Ours, with its millions and millions of corrupt Mail-In Ballots, was the election of a third world country. Fake President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2020
The White House refused to say when asked what military branch the purported “young military man” served in or provide details of when and where the conversation occurred.
Trump has for weeks sought to undermine American democracy by spreading lies of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election, which saw Democratic challenger and former vice president Joe Biden defeat the incumbent Republican president by 306 to Trump’s 232 votes in the Electoral College.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Attorney General William Barr said on Dec. 1, weeks after Trump fired his most senior cybersecurity official, a lifelong Republican, who declared the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.”
As Task&Purpose notes: “The same could not be said of Afghanistan, where the presidential election on Sept. 28, 2019, saw only 2.2 million of 9.67 million registered Afghans vote amid Taliban threats of violence and attacks that resulted in dozens of security forces and civilians killed. Insurgent attacks also blocked highways and blew up communication towers that affected phone signals in large parts of the country, according to The New York Times.”
All the other silliness of this tweet aside, it's worth remembering it wasn't that long ago that the 1st VP of Afghanistan was in exile because he raped a male political rival…
So…. I'd say our elections are better https://t.co/0mrQvLKPtT
— Mike Nelson (@mikenelson586) December 26, 2020