Their attempts to discredit voting by mail are the latest in a sea of misinformation on the topic propagated by the Trump campaign.
Giuliani attempted to pin delays in vote counts and other issues on mail-in ballots, implying fraud.
“This whole new thing that never happened before in our country, these mail-in ballots, which has been a cause of real concern for everyone, because they can easily be fraudulent,” Giuliani said.
Facts First: Mail-in ballots are not new nor do they “easily” result in fraud, despite the insistence of the President and his allies.
Illegitimate count in Philadelphia
Echoing complaints from campaign representatives, Giuliani insisted observers in Philadelphia were not granted the access they legally deserved to see the opening and sorting of ballots. As a result, Giuliani argued the whole count was “illegitimate.”
Facts First: This is false. A Philadelphia Election Day judge decided that the city’s board of elections complied with the law in how it allowed observers access to the canvassing process.
The law allows the observers to be present, the judge wrote, but they do not have the right to inspect or look over the shoulders of the workers counting the ballots.
Furthermore, local, state and federal officials have not reported any major incidents that could call into question the legitimacy of the count or how poll watchers were treated.
Poll watchers in Pennsylvania
Eric Trump claimed that in Pennsylvania, “They’re not letting our poll watchers watch the polls. They’re not letting them inside.”
Facts First: This is misleading. There have been some instances where poll workers did not understand the rules and those were handled by the district attorney but for the most part, registered poll watchers have been allowed at polling places.
Cheating in Pennsylvania
Eric Trump suggested the Trump campaign was being cheated out of a win in the state of Pennsylvania overall.
“We are going to win Pennsylvania, but they are trying to cheat us out of it,” Trump said.
Democrats and Pennsylvania
Eric Trump claimed Pennsylvania is the “only path to victory” for Democrats.
Facts First: Following CNN projections for former Vice President Joe Biden to carry Wisconsin and Michigan, the Democrats’ path to victory does not require they win Pennsylvania, so long as they carry Arizona and Nevada, where they currently lead.
Trump and lawsuits
Addressing the Trump campaign’s plans to file a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, Eric Trump made it sound like the situation in Pennsylvania was so dire it had driven them to sue.
“We are going to file suit in Pennsylvania. It’s a shame that we have to do that. It’s the last thing we wanted to do, it’s the last thing my father wanted to do,” he said.
Facts First: While we can’t fact check the President’s intentions, his campaign has been filing lawsuits in the lead up to the election against mail-in voting and new policies enacted by states to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the election. And even outside of the context of this election, Trump is known for being fairly litigious. So it’s misleading at best for his son to claim this is the last thing he wanted to do.
CNN’s Kelly Mena, DJ Judd and Katelyn Polantz contributed to this article.