Since the 2020 election was called for President-elect Joe Biden after winning the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania this Saturday, President Donald Trump has refused to acknowledge the results and concede to the President-elect.
His campaign has since filed numerous lawsuits in multiple states alleging voting irregularities and improprieties in a Hail Mary shot to secure a second term for Trump.
Trump's historic refusal to concede has only been exacerbated by his days-long Twitter tirade, peppering his timeline with lies about widespread voter fraud, undermining faith in American democracy among his supporters.
In one of his most bizarre claims yet, Trump fired off an all-caps tweet claiming that millions of his votes were "deleted" by an electronic voting software program called Dominion.
Trump's bogus claim that millions of Trump votes were deleted nationwide is a lie.
As the New York Times reported:
"The Dominion software was used in only two of the five counties that had problems in Michigan and Georgia, and in every instance there was a detailed explanation for what had happened. In all of the cases, software did not affect the vote counts."
In the erratic tweet, Trump tagged the White House correspondent for far right media outlet One America News Network (OANN), Chanel Rion.
Rion is known for lobbing softball questions at Trump during White House press briefings and using these questions as an opportunity to amplify far-right propaganda.
In the past, Rion has asked Trump:
"Mr. President, do you consider the term 'Chinese food' to be racist because it is food that originated from China?"
"Is it alarming that major media players are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels?"
Rion also falsely claimed that the virus that's killed nearly 250 thousand Americans was secretly developed in a lab in North Carolina.
For reasons like this, people largely disregard anything Rion "reports."
Fresh off the premiere of the sequel to his film Borat, comedian and prankster Sacha Baron Cohen trolled Trump for using Rion as the source for his baseless claim.
Cohen reminded Trump that he and actress Maria Bakalova, who plays his daughter in the film, tricked Rion into giving them a tour of the White House press room.
The moment is featured in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
People laughed with Cohen for pointing out the absurdity of considering Rion a reputable journalist.
Cohen wasn't the only one to skewer Trump's latest lie.
But due to a near-religious reverence for Trump, some of the President's supporters are buying into the disinformation, capturing the larger effect of his lies: the erosion of faith in the very democracy that defines America.
Regardless of what Trump says, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to take the Oath of Office on January 20th.