conspiracy theories

GOP SOS attacked by Trump decries ‘huge disinformation campaign’ over 2020 election

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who took the brunt of former President Donald Trump’s attacks over Georgia’s 2020 election results, said during a Friday virtual panel that he hopes election disinformation starts to dissipate. “People weren’t questioning the (election) process before, but there was a huge disinformation campaign which really destabilized […]

Trump ditches former US attorney pick, endorses election conspiracist for Michigan AG instead

BY: - September 17, 2021

Former President Donald Trump continues to wade into Michigan politics, this time endorsing Kalamazoo-based attorney Matthew DePerno, who has gotten national attention for pushing election fraud conspiracies in Michigan and Arizona following Trump’s loss in the 2020 election. The election was not close, with now-President Joe Biden defeating Trump by more than 7 million votes […]

Anti-vax, anti-mask school bills clear GOP-led Senate committee

BY: - September 14, 2021

Republican Senate committee members spent part of their Tuesday afternoon hearing from parents and lawmakers who support a bill package to essentially let students at public schools flout local mask mandates, be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements and not require vaccinations. The Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing was paused at one point by […]

Heeding Steve Bannon’s call, election deniers organize to seize control of the GOP

BY: - September 5, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. One of the loudest voices urging Donald Trump’s supporters to push for overturning the presidential election results was Steve Bannon. “We’re on the point of attack,” Bannon, a former Trump adviser and […]

Conspiracy-filled House hearing held on vaccine mandate ban

BY: - August 19, 2021

A GOP bill to preemptively prohibit mandatory employee vaccinations saw the light of day Thursday, in a House committee hearing saturated with COVID-19 conspiracy theories and anti-vaxxer rhetoric. House Bill 4471, introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), would create the “informed consent in the workplace act” to prevent employers from “discriminating” against individuals who […]

Trump torches McBroom, Shirkey as ‘RINOs’ for not backing so-called ‘audit’

BY: - August 16, 2021

Former President Donald Trump is back to slamming Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) for not standing up for him after his 2020 election loss. Trump’s latest broadside came in a Thursday statement, as he’s been permanently banned from Twitter, torching the two GOP leaders as Republicans in Name […]

Election fraud activist announces Michigan attorney general bid

BY: - July 15, 2021

Matthew DePerno, a Kalamazoo-based attorney who filed a case challenging the Antrim County 2020 general elections results and made a number of unfounded accusations and false statements about the election, is running for Attorney General in 2022, according to a press release. DePerno made his announcement around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but didn’t specify in […]

‘This is really fantastical’: Federal judge blasts pro-Trump attorneys, hints at sanctions 

BY: - July 12, 2021

In a six-hour long hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker blasted the “Kraken” litigation team’s sworn affidavits claiming unsubstantiated instances of voter fraud in Michigan’s 2020 general election and signified sanctions requested by state officials are a strong possibility.  Sanctions are allowed when attorney’s submit frivolous or baseless arguments. Michigan Attorney General Dana […]

Colbeck starts petition to censure 3 GOP senators for report showing no election fraud

BY: - July 8, 2021

The deepening divide between Michigan Republicans who subscribe to the conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump did not lose to President Joe Biden in 2020 continues to grow, with the latest infighting taking shape as a Change.org petition from a GOP former state senator. Ex-state Sen. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) started the petition on Monday, […]

Report: Local GOP leaders continue to push 2020 election conspiracies

BY: - July 7, 2021

Updated, 5:41 p.m., 7/7/21 with a response from Senate Republicans The liberal group Progress Michigan released on Wednesday a report detailing how Michigan Republican county-level leaders continue to hang onto conspiracy-laden lies surrounding Michigan’s 2020 election. The report analyzed Facebook posts from dozens of Michigan GOP county organization sites between Nov. 3, 2020, and June […]

Trump goes after Michigan Republicans for Senate report confirming 2020 election’s integrity 

BY: - June 24, 2021

Former President Donald Trump slammed state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) after the committee released a report Wednesday that found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election that Trump lost.  “Michigan state Sens. Mike Shirkey and Ed McBroom are doing everything possible […]

GOP-led Senate Oversight panel debunks 2020 voter fraud conspiracies in new report

BY: - June 23, 2021

After nearly eight months of GOP state lawmakers questioning the 2020 presidential election results, the Senate Oversight Committee this week released a 35-page report concluding that there is no widespread evidence of voter fraud, despite continued right-wing claims to the contrary. Since November, many Republican activists and lawmakers have largely refrained from crediting President Joe […]