FACT CHECK: Wisconsin legislature did not vote to recall its electoral votes for Joe Biden
A viral claim is spreading disinformation online, falsely claiming the Wisconsin legislature voted to pull back its electoral votes for Joe Biden
MADISON — A resolution introduced in the Assembly Tuesday by a Republican representative to pull back Wisconsin’s ten electoral votes for Joe Biden is illegal and will die in committee, leading Republicans say.
“Not only is it illegal, it’s just plain unconstitutional,” Assembly majority leader Jim Steineke tweeted of the resolution introduced by Rep. Timothy Ramthun. Steineke, who is not seeking reelection this fall, chairs the Rules Committee that the resolution was sent to and made clear the resolution would die there.
False claims about the resolution have gone viral online, with the Gateway Pundit publishing an article falsely claiming the Assembly had voted to withdraw its electoral votes for Biden. While the right wing outlet has since tweaked their headline, saying that the resolution was simply “voted to advance”, the information is still incorrect–Rep. Steineke said in a tweet that no votes were cast.
Despite that, the disinformation is still spreading. A tweet from Kari Lake, a GOP candidate for governor in Arizona with more than 107,000 Twitter followers, is spreading with the original disinformation from Gateway Pundit and has picked up almost 6,000 retweets and 13,400 likes at the time of this article’s publishing. It was retweeted by the chair of the Arizona Republican party, who has more than 178,000 followers.
According to CrowdTangle, a social media plugin that tracks where an article has been shared online, the article has been shared more than 10,000 times on Facebook, including on the page for Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO who has spearheaded the spread of false information about the 2020 election results.
Rep. Ramthun was disciplined by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos last week by reassigning his only staffer to another lawmaker’s office. Vos said he did this because Rep. Ramthun was spreading lies about fellow Republican lawmakers including Vos, but said in a press conference that Rep. Ramthun had a right to his false beliefs about the election results.
Rep. Ramthun used a process to bring the resolution to the Assembly floor that requires it to be sent to the Rules committee, which is the committee that schedules floor votes and is chaired by Rep. Steineke.
“As chair of the Rules Committee, there is ZERO chance I will advance this illegal resolution,” Steineke tweeted.
The 2020 election results for Joe Biden in Wisconsin have been repeatedly upheld by both recounts and court rulings, and there’s been no evidence to back up claims of widespread voter fraud.
Despite that, the Assembly continues its investigation into the election, spearheaded by Michael Gableman and staff who have questioned the validity of the results, or tried to overturn them in court.
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