KEY POINTS

  • Don Jr. and Eric Trump have amplified false and misleading election-related claims
  • Eric shared a video that showed officials ballots being burned
  • Don Jr. retweeted footage showing poll workers filling in empty ballots

President Donald Trump’s eldest sons, Don. Jr and Eric, were found to have amplified fake election-related claims, a new analysis found. 

Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump repeatedly shared false and misleading claims about the 2020 election to their 10 million followers on Twitter. The president’s eldest sons shared videos and pictures that allegedly showed mishandling of ballots. They also shared content that claimed dead voters had ballots cast in their name, according to an analysis by Storyful.

The brothers refused to remove the content they shared, despite election officials not finding any evidence to support the claims, ABC News reported. 

On Nov. 5, Eric shared a video on Twitter that showed official ballots being burned. In the viral footage, an unidentified man is seen with a plastic bag full of papers that were allegedly ballots. The person claimed the 80 false “ballots” were “all for President Trump” before he doused them with a flammable liquid and set them on fire. 

Eric’s tweet about the video had been shared 29,800 times on Twitter as of Nov. 19. It also has been quoted in over 7,000 tweets. Mentions of “ballot burning” also saw a massive spike on Twitter and Facebook shortly after Eric shared the video. 

While Eric Trump’s tweet had not received a “fact check” label on Twitter, the account he retweeted has since been suspended, CNN reported. 

In a Twitter statement, Virginia Beach city officials dismissed the allegations, saying the papers were sample ballots that lacked the “bar code markings” seen on all official ballots. The officials also showed an official ballot and compared it to the ones seen in the false video. The tweet from the city of Virginia had only been retweeted less than 600 times.

 

On Nov. 6, Donald Trump Jr. shared a video that revealed poll workers in Pennsylvania filling in empty ballots. However, fact-checkers at Politifact found that the video had been edited.

 

Delaware County officials also dismissed allegations of illegal activity, saying the poll workers were only copying over information from damaged ballots that could not be read by the scanning machines.  Donald Trump Jr. speaking during the first day of the Republican convention in Washington Donald Trump Jr. speaking during the first day of the Republican convention in Washington Photo: AFP / Olivier DOULIERY