While most prominent Republicans have abandoned the fantasy that former President Donald Trump was the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election, his spokeswoman—Liz Harrington—is paid to promote it.
When she's not bypassing Trump's Twitter ban by posting his statements to her own account, Harrington frequently posts convoluted videos and reports supposedly showing the election was "stolen," though the 2020 election results have been reviewed across numerous swing states, considered by courts, and validated by Republican election officials.
Harrington must be running out of disinformation tactics, because she recently cited Green Bay Packers quarterback and anti-vaxxer Aaron Rodgers.
In comments to CNN, Rodgers expressed doubt that Americans actually cast 81 million votes for Biden, saying:
“When the president of the United States says, ‘This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,’ it’s because him and his constituents, which — I don’t know how there are any if you watch any of his attempts at public speaking — but I guess he got 81 million votes ... But when you say stuff like that, and then you have the CDC, which — how do you even trust them — but then they come out and talk about 75% of the COVID deaths have at least four comorbidities. And you still have this fake White House set saying that this is the pandemic of the unvaccinated. That’s not helping the conversation.”
Before we continue, let's correct Rodgers' dangerous disinformation regarding comments from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
Rodgers was implying that the virus—which has killed more than 850 thousand Americans—wasn't a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" because he incorrectly believed Walensky said that 75 percent of all COVID deaths were among people with four or more comorbidities (and somehow that's acceptable?).
In reality, Walensky was referring to a study that found 75 percent of COVID deaths among the vaccinated were people with multiple comorbidities, who are more susceptible to severe illness. The study was composed of 1.2 million vaccinated people, 0.003% of whom died after contracting COVID-19. Of that .003% of vaccinated people who died, 75% were more susceptible to severe illness and death due to comorbidities. The number amounted to 36 deaths out of 1.2 million vaccinated people.
Now to Rodgers' election nonsense.
It's a common Trump talking point—often repeated by Harrington herself—that Trump couldn't have received 81 million votes because the crowds at his campaign events throughout 2020 were small. In reality, this was purposeful, as Biden insisted on following CDC guidance.
Meanwhile, Trump held maskless, full-capacity rallies throughout the pandemic. One Stanford study found this decision led to a total of 30 thousand cases of COVID-19.
That brings us to this diatribe from Liz Harrington, delivered to white nationalist podcast host Steve Bannon.
"You never had quarterbacks questioning President Trump's legitimacy. You've got Aaron Rodgers just flat-out calling it out and saying, '81 million votes? Yeah, I guess, but it doesn't certainly look like it.'"
And just like that, Rodgers' false claims traveled seamlessly from his platform to Harrington's and then to countless viewers who undoubtedly believed it.
Harrington citing a quarterback to validate election fraud delusions didn't go over well on social media.
What's more, didn't Harrington's boss spend years decrying football players who protested racism?
If you're citing Aaron Rodgers to validate election conspiracy theories, you've definitely dropped the ball.