Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019
So Trump tweeted that out yesterday.
A number of folks quickly fact checked the claim and found it ridiculous, but perhaps none as well known as this person.
The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019
Here is more courtesy of Mediaite:
Trump appears to be referring to the work of controversial psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein, who has testified before the Senate in July, “biased search results generated by Google’s search algorithm likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton (whom I supported).”
Epstein has been repeating this theory for years, and in 2017 Google told the Washington Post that it amounts to “nothing more than a poorly constructed conspiracy theory.”
It is very important to pay attention to what Trump is doing here because I really think he is laying the groundwork for challenging the outcome of the 2020 election, which I think he believes he will lose.
Trump was all set to challenge the results of the 2016 elction, and then was surprised that he won.
I think he is dusting off that same playbook for 2020.