Donald Trump Junior has recently taken to Twitter to argue that there were hundreds of thousands of noncitizens who are registered to vote in Florida. In his tweet, which is still live at the time of posting this article, Trump Junior links a website that claims that 200,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in the Sunshine State — an article that has already been debunked.
Not only is the piece inaccurate, but it’s also from 2012, with the editor updating the total to less than 100 people out of 12 million voters.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 12, 2018
Twitter users noted that the article was from 2012 and that the editor updated the numbers, completely debunking his initial claims. Parts of the editor’s notes read:
The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State. An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time.”
Some users noted that Trump Junior shared the debunked 2012 article a few hours after Charlie Kirk of the conservative college group Turning Point USA shared it and asked his followers to help “spread” it.
Kirk seems to have deleted his tweet.
These are two men on the right who are sharing inaccurate information to stir up the tribalistic tendencies of their base.
The media blitz that Trump Junior is trying to create may be an attempt to draw attention away from possible indictment by the Robert Mueller investigation. Michael Avenatti has been rather accurate with his predictions. He’s been correct about the connections between Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and Donald Trump and the relationship that Trump had with Stormy Daniels. A couple of weeks ago when Trump Junior tried to make a joke on Avenatti’s expense, Avenatti’s retort was ominous, signaling that Trump Junior may be indicted in the foreseeable future.
Bif: If I were you, the last thing I would be doing is referencing other people getting out of federal prison. Because after you are indicted, you will likely be passing them on your way in. BTW, they don’t have silver spoons or gold toilets in the joint. Buckle up Buttercup. https://t.co/jnDq4weHZh
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 9, 2018
Avenatti underscored his ability to foresee the future with this succinct tweet:
Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted before his birthday on 12-31-18. If you doubt my prediction, please check my record over the last 7 months. #Winning
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 11, 2018
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