In Detroit, where Joe Biden has maintained a lead in the polls, conservatives online have been desperately searching for some sign of a conspiracy to show them Donald Trump is actually winning.
On Thursday, November 5, some Republicans became fixated on a video from Detroit which showed a man loading the contents of a wagon into a truck at a voting center. Many of them believed the man was delivering illegal ballots to the building.
Local news station WXYZ Detroit was quick to debunk the conspiracy theory.
It was pretty easy for them to do since the man was a photographer at their station and the wagon was filled with their equipment.
FACT CHECK: A video claiming to show voter fraud and a wagon being loaded outside of the TCF Center in Detroit is a… https://t.co/ibwlojG0X1— WXYZ Detroit (@WXYZ Detroit)1604580313.0
An actual photo of the wagon and box that carries a device that allows us to go live. It’s not ballots.… https://t.co/FEk3Kfqnvt— Rudy Harper (@Rudy Harper)1604585563.0
This is a wagon. It is not "suspicious" equipment that was used to steal ballots. Thanks for coming to our TED… https://t.co/lT2nlZ9UhI— WXYZ Detroit (@WXYZ Detroit)1604589117.0
The false conspiracy theory was passed around several popular conservative news sites before it was fact checked.
A conservative “news” site reports catching a man wheeling in “suspicious” equipment to the Detroit convention cent… https://t.co/obPEZ3sNcJ— Ross Jones (@Ross Jones)1604552176.0
The alleged ballot bandit captured on video then posted on a "news" site.... is NOT wheeling in fraudulent mystery… https://t.co/kXNjdRhDU5— Jenn Schanz (@Jenn Schanz)1604567056.0
Video falsely claims possible voter fraud in Detroit. It actually shows a WXYZ photographer loading camera gear https://t.co/kC6VtSGkCe— Kim Russell WXYZ (@Kim Russell WXYZ)1604580314.0
The lengthy wait for election results has spawned innumerable conspiracy theories.
YouTuber Steven Crowder and a Texas news site spread a video they suggested shows a poll worker wheeling suspiciou… https://t.co/nVpgB2p2ek— Craig Silverman (@Craig Silverman)1604585603.0
@wxyzdetroit Why is it so hard for people to believe that a person the majority of Americans didn’t want to be pres… https://t.co/2hLx9vofML— Ryan (@Ryan)1604580636.0
Even after the news station came forward with the truth about the wagon, some still tried to insist there was foul play.
@photohacklovers @wxyzdetroit Hi, “photographer”. It’s a pelican case and extremely common amongst photographers an… https://t.co/Q9woELK0x9— Kristin Siân Bingham (@Kristin Siân Bingham)1604599585.0
@SATURNHIMSELF @wxyzdetroit Just in case you want one, bud! https://t.co/XlmwVedD6f— T3KYO (@T3KYO)1604595320.0
@wxyzdetroit THE DEMS (through the eyes of a trump supporter) Superpower - Limitless power to steal an election...… https://t.co/3QnZ13eTQ6— Adam Sisty (@Adam Sisty)1604592962.0
Ultimately, conspiracy theories have more to do with psychology than anything else.
@wxyzdetroit You’re attempting to speak logically to the same base of people who burned down 5G towers because some… https://t.co/ed87p2xU9S— Just Jeff (@Just Jeff)1604580533.0
@wxyzdetroit Paranoid people see conspiracy all around them. If they would just use their brains, they could have… https://t.co/qdOna8mxqf— Linda Szymoniak (@Linda Szymoniak)1604593543.0
The Presidency will be decided by legitimately and legally cast votes, no matter what the President says.
@wxyzdetroit Europe watching this like: https://t.co/ZrJYjN8doI— Renate P⭕️ls 🥂 (@Renate P⭕️ls 🥂)1604581960.0
@wxyzdetroit @HC_Richardson Wow. They're really hard up for evidence to support their conspiracy theories, aren't they.— Susanna J. Sturgis (@Susanna J. Sturgis)1604589732.0
Whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump walks away with the presidency, we can all rest easy knowing secret votes aren't being pulled into counting stations by wagon.