Over the past few days, the United States has been engulfed in a electoral race to determine the country’s next president. The election has boiled down to a handful of states where ballots continue to be tabulated on Friday. However, the lengthy process has also given rise to election-rigging conspiracies propagated by President Donald Trump and his allies.
The election fraud conspiracies arose after Trump declared a premature victory at a White House press conference early Wednesday. The president also pushed the false narrative of mass voter fraud on Twitter, claiming that Democrats are trying to “steal the election.” (Twitter has since flagged several of Trump’s tweets citing potential misinformation.)
In the wake of Trump’s false declaration of victory, several right-wing political activists and groups have attempted to disrupt mail-in voting and delegitimize the vote-counting system. This includes pushing election fraud conspiracy theories, many of which are now being propagated by notable MMA fighters.
It should be noted that there is no evidence of wide-scale illegal votes in any state. There is also no evidence that vote-counting observers are being shut out to cover up voter fraud, despite Trump pushing the false narrative for several days.
Below is a list of MMA fighters who have used their social media platform to falsely claim that several states are stealing the election.
Over 130k votes magically dumped off for China Joe in Michigan with 0 for POTUS while we all slept. This type of scam would’ve worked 30 years ago... Not today!! Keep fighting Patriots!!!— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) November 4, 2020
They selling you wolf tickets #thereelection— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) November 4, 2020
Just My opinion: Dirty deals being made in Philly, Detroit, Atlanta as we wait .. Let’s pray for a fair election here ... something don’t seem right— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) November 4, 2020
you cant make this stuff up https://t.co/Xmnn0tvuS8— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) November 4, 2020
Here is a screenshot of a tweet from Michael Chandler that he later deleted
Play by the rules.....the American people demand ONLY LEGAL BALLOTS be counted. Anyone manipulating this election should be prosecuted.— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) November 4, 2020
We need to clean up the election process so we are not left feeling the way we do today.— Gina Carano (@ginacarano) November 5, 2020
Put laws in place that protect us against voter fraud.
Investigate every state.
Film the counting.
Flush out the fake votes.
Make Voter Fraud end in 2020.
Fix the system.
Trump is your president. End of story.— patmiletich (@patmiletich) November 4, 2020
Are we witnessing the theft of a presidential election?— patmiletich (@patmiletich) November 4, 2020
A civil war is coming. I don’t know what that looks like, but prepare to defend yourself physically, civilly, and digitally.— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) November 4, 2020