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Elected officials who spread disinformation, like the QAnon conspiracy theories, should be barred from public office, writes Bethume.

The Capitol mob was put down. The disinformation spreaders need to be defeated next.

Berthume is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, a progressive defense and foreign policy think tank.

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Mythbusting Squad Training

Organizer: RepresentUs

Misinformation about election fraud is rampant on social media, especially on Twitter. These baseless stories are sowing doubts in the validity of our election and undermining our democracy. Our Mythbusting team is designed to activate volunteers like you by providing the resources and tools you need to find misinformation on social media at its source, and debunk that misinformation directly.

We will train you on our Twitter search tool Tweetdeck and get you started debunking false and misleading claims about the election at the source.

Location: Webinar

Mythbusting Squad Training

Organizer: RepresentUs

Misinformation about election fraud is rampant on social media, especially on Twitter. These baseless stories are sowing doubts in the validity of our election and undermining our democracy. Our Mythbusting team is designed to activate volunteers like you by providing the resources and tools you need to find misinformation on social media at its source, and debunk that misinformation directly.

We will train you on our Twitter search tool Tweetdeck and get you started debunking false and misleading claims about the election at the source.

Location: Webinar

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Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump's most vocal surrogates, is back in a courtroom today, trying to block the certification of the election in Pennsylvania.

Trump makes his case in Pa. as most everyone else makes the case he's done

The most ambitious of President Trump's longshot and counterfactual claims against the election is getting its day in federal court Tuesday.

The hearing in Pennsylvania comes two weeks after the nation voted decisively to deny Trump a second term, which in public he steadfastly refuses to realize — while almost all Republicans in authority continue to enable the fiction. The consequence is that the bedrock of American democracy, which by all accounts was remarkably fair and efficient despite a deadly pandemic, has been sullied as never before by a presidential disinformation campaign.

Underscoring that, 59 top election security experts and computer scientists have rebuked Trump for his baseless assertions about voting fraud and cheating by election hackers, saying "these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent."

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