It has also joined Trump in using laughably weak supposed evidence to make the case. Specifically, it is baselessly arguing that increases in voter turnout are a sign that something nefarious happened.
RNC national spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington has made numerous false or misleading claims since Election Day, groundlessly alleging that Democrats are trying to steal the election and that Joe Biden cannot possibly have legitimately earned more votes than Barack Obama. On Tuesday, her Twitter feed became especially absurd.
This is, frankly, ridiculous.
There is no evidence of widespread fraud anywhere in the country, including in the counties Harrington highlighted. Increased voter participation is not a sign that something shady took place.
And Harrington was both cherry-picking and misusing data — omitting numbers that are inconvenient to her case, and inaccurately describing others.
1) Turnout was up nationally — in both Democratic-leaning and Republican-leaning states and counties.
In other words, there was nothing remotely unusual about Biden increasing his vote totals in the particular counties in which Harrington pointedly mentioned that Biden had improved on Clinton’s vote totals. Because more people voted in general, both for Biden and for Trump, Biden improved on Clinton’s vote totals in most of the country — even in counties he lost handily.
2) Biden made bigger percentage gains in key suburban counties around Milwaukee and Detroit than he did in the urban counties themselves.
In her thread, Harrington did not mention Biden’s performance in Waukesha or Ozaukee.
3) In the Detroit area, Trump’s increase in votes between 2020 and 2016 was actually bigger, in percentage terms, than Biden’s increase.
Harrington wants people to think it is suspicious that Biden got 13% more votes than Clinton in Wayne County, Michigan. But Trump improved in the county by even more than Biden did: his 2020 total was more than 15% higher than his 2016 total there.
Votes in New York and Illinois
This was not the end of Harrington’s dishonesty in the Twitter thread.
She then cited some cases in which Biden supposedly got far fewer votes than Clinton. But these tweets, too, were highly misleading — because she was comparing final 2016 vote totals for Clinton to partial 2020 vote totals for Biden.
But Harrington’s own tweet shows why this calculation is invalid. In the 2020 screenshot she posted, the Times noted that its Manhattan figures at the time were with just “60% of estimated votes reported.” In other words, thousands and thousands of Manhattan votes had not yet been added to Biden’s total.