Fact check: Right-wing website falsely claims Wisconsin Convention voted to withdraw its Biden electoral votes
The saga began with the first headline of The Gateway Pandit. It read: “**HUGE BREAKING NEWS** – Wisconsin Assembly votes to withdraw its 10 voters for Joe Biden in 2020 election – VIDEO.”
When The Gateway Pandit updated its article on Tuesday, it changed the headline to make a narrower claim. The revised headline said the “HUGE BREAKING NEWS” was that the Wisconsin Convention had voted to “move forward” a Legislative Resolution to withdraw the state electors.
But the narrower assertion was also wrong.
facts first: The Gateway Expert’s claims were completely inaccurate. The Wisconsin State Assembly did not vote to withdraw its 2020 electors and did not vote to pass a resolution to withdraw those electors. In fact, the assembly did not vote on this resolution at all. Rather, the resolution has been referred to an assembly committee, where there is an overwhelming likelihood that it will die. The Republican chairman of the committee, who is also the majority leader of the convention, correctly says it is unconstitutional. There is no legal way for Wisconsin or any other state to withdraw its 2020 electoral college in 2022.
Here’s what actually happened Tuesday at the Wisconsin congregation.
Contrary to the text of the revised Gateway Pandit article, it is not true that the Assembly voted “unanimously by oral vote” to “proceed” Ramthun’s resolution. In fact, the very video clip that Gateway Pandit embedded in the article and promoted in the headline proves this claim to be false.
The video shows that Ramthun introduced the election resolution shortly before a vote on a completely independent law. After August referred the resolution to the Rules Committee, the Assembly proceeded with the independent vote. This independent vote is the vote shown in the video posted by The Gateway Pandit. The election resolution itself was not voted on.
The Gateway Pandit, Ramthun’s office, Lake’s campaign and the Arizona Republican Party did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment Wednesday.
An unconstitutional proposal
The 2020 presidential election process is simply over – and has been for more than a year.