As the presidential race continues to unfold in 2020, Jeb Bush tweeted on Friday that he had repeatedly received a QAnon conspiracy theory falsely claiming voter fraud, calling it “very frightening”.
The former governor of Florida and Republican presidential candidate in 2016 shared a photo of a QAnon conspiracy posting from Facebook and said it had been sent to him several times on Thursday night.
“I received this four times last night. It’s very frightening that this is spreading as if it were true.”
I received this four times last night. It is very scary that this is spreading as if it were true. https://t.co/nG9dCZvgqc
– Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 6, 2020
The conspiracy theory – spread by QAnon supporters who believe Trump is waging a secret war against the “deep state” and elite Satan-worshipping pedophiles within the government – falsely claims that the Democrats issued unofficial ballots during the election.
At least two versions of this theory have been circulated in the social media, claiming that “official ballots” were watermarked in the 2020 election and that Trump has launched an operation to catch the Democrats with unofficial ballots.
“Consider this: The Department of Homeland Security controlled the production of “official ballots. The Dems print extras because they didn’t know about non-radioactive isotope watermarks on ‘official ballots’. Military covert operation. After all the fake ballots were sorted out, Trump confirmed the landslide,” said one station.
In the post shared by Bush, QAnon instructed his supporters to “watch out for the water,” that is, to look for ballots that are not watermarked.
The conspiracy then explains that Trump, with the help of Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, has launched a “covert operation” to trap the Democrats with unofficial ballots.
“The DEMS fell directly into the trap of this covert operation and TRUMP has everything!!! Fraud will be exposed for the world to see,” it says.
“And isn’t it fancy, as the amazing judge Amy was confirmed just before the election, to be able to legally take care of the business of election fraud,” she added.
Both of these conspiracy posts are completely unfounded, but have been widely circulated in the social media.
Bush replied to journalist David French, who wrote: “If you thought Fox was out of control at prime time last night, it’s the PBS NewsHour compared to what’s circulating in the social media neighborhoods adjacent to Q. The very sweet, very Christian mother of a friend sent him this.”
The conspiracy theory comes in the wake of the Trump campaign, which claimed voter fraud without evidence and filed lawsuits against states as ballots continue to be counted in major states.
From Friday evening onwards, the presidential race tended increasingly toward a Biden victory. According to the Associated Press, the Democratic candidate collected 264 votes and currently leads by a narrow margin in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Washington Newsday has tried to ask Bush for an additional commentary….