2020 Democrat candidate Cory Booker’s debate claim that Democrats lost Michigan because a joint GOP and Russian effort to suppress the African American vote has failed Wapo’s fact check and earned him 4 Pinocchios.
It’s also worth noting that both Wapo and author Glenn Kessler are pretty much as far from being “Trump supporters” as they can get, making their condemnation of Booker’s wild claim even more biting.
The Pinocchio Test
Booker claimed Russian and Republican efforts to suppress black votes tipped Michigan into Trump’s victory column. With a narrow margin of less than 11,000 votes, anything is possible, but election experts say there is no evidence the Russian or GOP efforts were successful. Instead, the most likely explanation for the loss was that Hillary Clinton, not Barack Obama, was on the ballot, so turnout by African American voters returned to pre-Obama levels.
Perhaps that’s an argument for a black candidate like Booker to be on the ticket, but he’s wrong to claim the Russians and the GOP were responsible for Clinton’s loss in Michigan. The burden of proof is on Booker, and he failed to back up his claim. He earns Four Pinocchios.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) claimed during Wednesday evening’s Democrat presidential debate that part of the reason President Donald Trump won Michigan in the 2016 election was due to Russia suppressing the votes of black Americans.
“We lost the state of Michigan because everybody from Republicans to Russians were targeting the suppression of African American voters,” said Booker. “If the African American vote had been like it was four years earlier, we would have won Michigan.”
President Trump won Michigan by a margin of 0.23%, with 47.50% of the votes over the 47.27% of then-Democrat White House nominee Hillary Clinton. Political observers attribute the president winning the state to his support from white working-class voters, a group for normally votes Democrats.