Joe diGenova — a Republican lawyer with ties to both President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr — falsely claimed on Monday that Democrats will manufacture fraudulent mail-in ballots in order to win Pennsylvania. DiGenova’s remarks are part of a broader effort by right-wing media and the Trump campaign to limit the counting of mail-in ballots and undermine election integrity in the key battleground state.
The counting of mail-in ballots does not constitute election fraud, and vote tallying never ends by election night. But the Trump campaign and right-wing media, recognizing that mail-in ballots are likely to favor Democrats in Pennsylvania, have baselessly suggested that counting these ballots after election night would somehow be an attempt to “steal” the state. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud involving mail-in ballots.
During an appearance today on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall, diGenova claimed that after election night, Democrats would manufacture mail-in ballots to make up for a supposed vote deficit. DiGenova baselessly suggested that Democrats were going to engage in “classic Eastern European, Russian election engineering” and claimed that Pennsylvania is a “corrupt state.”