Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims

ABC News | 8/20/2019 | Staff
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President Donald Trump has been on a tear about Google that traces back to a series of unfounded claims about the technology giant circulating among conservatives. Among those claims: that Google interferes with U.S. elections, is biased against conservatives and prefers working with the Chinese military over the Pentagon.

In several tweets issued this August, Trump assailed Google for alleged electoral interference and again brought up claims of its alleged secret involvement with the Chinese government. On Monday, the president reiterated a baseless claim that Google had " manipulated " the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, which his campaign's Twitter feed also picked up .

Claims - Reports - Pundits - Trump - Supporters

All of these claims emerged from reports and commentary from conservative pundits and Trump supporters, none backed by convincing evidence. Google has also denied them.

"Distorting results for political purposes would harm our business and go against our mission of providing helpful content to all of our users," Google spokeswoman Julie Tarallo said.

Claims

Here's where these claims emerged and what's known about them.

On Aug. 6, Trump implicitly suggested that Google had favored Clinton's 2016 campaign over his and that the company planned to "illegally subvert" the 2020 election as well. On Monday he made the first part explicit , referencing an unspecified study that, he claimed, showed that "Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election."

Trump - Presidency - College - Majority - Tally

Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College majority but lost the popular tally to Clinton by almost 2.9 million votes. Trump has falsely insisted for years that he actually won the popular vote.

The president's campaign Twitter feed suggested Monday that Trump referenced a 2017 study by psychologist Robert Epstein that found Google showed more pro-Clinton results to undecided voters than pro-Trump results. Google and others have questioned the methodology of the study, which was...
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