Outgoing President Donald Trump's legal team held a press conference on Thursday afternoon, faced with the unenviable task of justifying the President's lies about widespread voter fraud tipping the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden.
While the President's personal lawyer—Rudy Giuliani—and Trump's legal advisor Jenna Ellis have been some of his most vocal defenders in repeating the baseless claims, a less visible face has been Sidney Powell's, another member of Trump's legal team.
That changed when Powell took the podium at the Thursday press conference.
"The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic software and the software that goes in other computerized voting systems as well, not just Dominion, were created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost an election after one constitutional referendum came out the way he did not want it to come out."
There's a lot to unpack here.
First of all, Chavez has been dead since 2013.
Second, not only has the conspiracy theory that election software company Dominion Voting Systems switched Trump votes to Biden votes been repeatedly debunked, but Dominion was founded in Canada, not Venezuela. It has no relation to Smartmatic, which was founded in Venezuela, but not at the direction of Hugo Chavez. It was founded out of the uproar surrounding the 2000 American presidential election.
What's more, Smartmatic is not used by any of the swing states Biden secured in the 2020 election.
Powell claimed to have a signed affidavit from a military official in Venezuela who claimed to have seen the so-called fraud in action during Venezuelan elections
She posted screen shots of three pages from the affidavit, but according to the New York Times:
"The screenshots were incomplete and did not include a name or signature, and Ms. Powell did not respond to requests to view the full document."
People are growing frustrated that Trump's team is continuing to undermine trust in the U.S. election.
The press conference only exacerbated outcry that Trump and his ilk are seeking to undermine American democracy.
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20th.