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On January 3, two months after he lost the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump pushed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes.”
He blamed his loss in the state — and the rest of the country — on Dominion Voting Systems, an election technology company that helps states and counties tabulate their votes, suggesting he lost because of “tremendous corruption with Dominion machines,” saying the election technology company “took out machines” and “shredded … 3,000 pounds of ballots.”
The call spurred new calls for impeachment and criminal referrals for Trump’s apparent use of threats to overturn the election.
It has also demonstrated how deeply conspiracy theories about the election have taken root in the Republican party. That Trump and not Biden really won the election was not just an empty rallying cry.
The president of the United States was citing a baseless conspiracy theory about an election technology company — which has been accredited and vetted by numerous government agencies and third parties for many years — to fight democracy.
The conspiracy theory morphed into a mortally dangerous threat three days later, when Trump spoke to a rally in Washington, DC, telling his supporters that the election was stolen and that they should march to the Capitol and show their disapproval.
His supporters did exactly that, infiltrating the Capitol building and invading its halls and chambers, delaying the certification of Trump’s loss, leading to the death of five people and a new black mark on Trump’s legacy in history.
Implicated in Trump’s dangerous conspiracy theories are Dominion and Smartmatic, a rival technology company.
Dominion Voting Systems is now going on the offense, taking the battle over their reputation to court.
On Friday, Dominion filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Sidney Powell, an architect of the conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.
Tom Claire, a defamation attorney representing Dominion, told Insider the company had “no choice” but to resort to legal tactics. He said the company is caught in a maelstrom of lies they believe has severely damaged its reputation.
And as Insider previously reported, Dominion has sent document retention letters to Trump’s allies, including right-wing media organizations, threatening “imminent” litigation. They include Rudy Giuliani, who represents the Trump campaign as an attorney parroting those same theories, as well as to members of the right-wing media universe including Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News that have pushed the theories, as well.
Read more: Dominion sends letters threatening defamation lawsuits to Sean Hannity, Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, and other pro-Trump media figures
The damages in these defamation lawsuits, if they are as successful, could be enormous. They are widely viewed as comparable to the “pink slime” lawsuit brought against ABC News, which scored a $177 million settlement (Smartmatic hired J. Erik Connolly, one of the attorneys in that case).
But if the lawsuit against Powell is any indication, Claire believes the damages could be greater.
“The damage that has been suffered is still unfolding,” Claire told …read more
Source:: Business Insider