When you can't find the smoking gun you're looking for, just make shit up:
"We have breaking news of how the mob, reportedly at this point, has helped Joe Biden get thousands and thousands and thousands of fraudulent votes," he said during a Facebook Live video. "You cannot make this stuff up, ladies and gentlemen." Actually, you can — the claim is baseless.
Herrell’s video was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. It has more than 176,000 views.
We've been seeing a lot of these in the last week or so. Apparently broad yet entirely baseless claims are not having the desired effect, so it's time for some Pizzagate nonsense. Naming specific individuals creates the perfect conspiracy theory loop; denials and evidence refuting the theory merely means the conspiracy is "farther reaching" than they thought it was. And this jackass is leading the charge:
...AND I WON THE ELECTION. VOTER FRAUD ALL OVER THE COUNTRY! https://t.co/9coP3R44UQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020
He gets more unhinged as every day passes. History will not treat him well, or his bent supporters. Back to the fake news:
During his video, Herrell cites a Nov. 14 report from the Buffalo Chronicle with the headline: "How a Philly mob boss stole the election — and why he may flip on Joe Biden." The Buffalo Chronicle website is owned by businessman Matthew Ricchiazzi. It has published false claims about prospective members of the Biden administration, Canadian politics and New York’s response to COVID-19.
This new Buffalo Chronicle article cites anonymous sources to say the Biden campaign paid $3 million to "Skinny Joey" Merlino, a reputed mafia veteran in Philadelphia, and Merlino’s associates to fabricate 300,000 ballots in the battleground state. On Election Night, the site claims, Merlino and his team were creating 6,000 fraudulent ballots per hour.
"They were then packaged into non-descript cardboard boxes and dropped off outside the Philadelphia Convention Center," the article says. "The ballots were purchased in cash."
Apparently Canadians are not immune to the Buffalo Chronicle's particularly absurd form of fake news:
We like to think we’re too smart to fall for fake news, after all, we watched what happened to America in 2016. But we are woefully mistaken. For the past few months, a publication called the Buffalo Chronicle has been posting stories about things in Canadian politics that…just aren’t happening. At all. And Canadians have been sharing them, from ordinary citizens on Facebook to public figures and politicians on Twitter.
So what is the Buffalo Chronicle? Who’s behind it? Why is this story such an effective lesson on the perils of misinformation in an election year? What happens when you dig into what’s behind a site like this and attempt to hold people accountable? Why haven’t we learned by now that even though we like to think we’re smarter than our American friends, we’re just as easily manipulated?
That's just a brief intro to a podcast dedicated to the subject, in case you're interested. I have reached my mental health limit for the day.