Donald Trump and the great Google vote heist - 2019-08-19

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F1.png Donald Trump and the great Google vote heist August 19, 2019, Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

I actively try not to spend any time reacting to Donald Trump's idiot tweets these days, but it's a little slow this morning and this tweet has people genuinely puzzled:

This is old stuff that Trump is just catching up to, for some reason. The nickel version is that several years ago celebrity psychologist Robert Epstein got into a tiff with Google in which he turned out to be embarrassingly in the wrong. Ever since then Epstein has been gunning for Google, and prior to the 2016 election he claimed that they were deliberately manipulating search results in a way that favored Hillary Clinton

So that's the proximate source. But where do Trump's numbers come from? That's a little harder to figure out. Last month, in a conspiracy-laden conversation² with Sen. Ted Cruz, Epstein testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Google was responsible for shifting something between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes to Clinton in 2016 and that in 2020 all of big tech together could—and probably would—shift as many as 15 million votes without anyone ever knowing. I assume that Trump misheard this and thought he said 16 million.

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