Campaign and Carlson say the vote was rigged because Deborah Jean Christianen died last year. In fact, the ballot was cast legally by a surviving woman, also known as Deborah Jean Christianen, was born in the same year and month but on different days.
Christianen answered the door when CNN aired Tuesday evening.
Christianen, a mental health consultant who moved from Nebraska to Georgia in September, said she voted for Trump in 2016 but regretted the decision, then voted for Joe Biden in 2020.
Christianen said the false allegations from the Trump campaign were “just a joke,” part of the president’s “legislative scandal” attempt to deny the obvious facts of his victory.
“The man lost the election. He should be more concerned about taking care of the people, which this Covid-19 will continue to do. He’s an epidemic,” she said.
Not the first time
It is not clear whether the Trump campaign was intentional or not linked to the deaths of Deborah Jean Christianen and the late Deborah Jean Christianen. Regardless of the motive, though, the presidential team falsely accused the crime of having occurred – and did not necessarily put private citizens in the national spotlight.
And it’s not the only time the Trump campaign has done so.
You do not have to knock on the door of a Christian living in Cobb, near Atlanta, to figure out a fraudulent claim. Cobb County Election Director Janine Eveler told CNN that while Deborah Jean Christianens was born in 1954, they had different birthdays and social security numbers. At the same time, she said, women who died were “declared dead” in the state system.
Eveler said Cobb County records confirm Deborah Jean Christianen’s’s registered vote on Oct. 5 – the day the Trump campaign claimed someone had registered on behalf of the deceased woman – and cast her ballot on Oct. 28, when she will be examined.
The Trump campaign “seems to have reached a false conclusion based on partial information,” Eveler said in an email.
Deborah Jean Christianen lived in Fulton County, which borders Cobb County. Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez, director of external affairs in Fulton County, said their records show that the final vote of the dead woman was in 2018.
Corbitt-Dominguez says the registration of a deceased woman voter was canceled in 2019, because she died that year, and there is no history of anyone registering on her behalf or voting in the 2020 election.
Corbitt-Dominguez said in a statement that “we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused to Christianen’s family.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to CNN’s call Monday and Tuesday to comment on false claims about Christians, but the president himself did not show any sign of restraint.
In an emailed statement to CNN on Tuesday night, Carlson said: “On Friday, he” began to learn of some specific victims who reported to us that the dead were in fact. “We initially resolved this Friday.”
All forms of voter fraud are rare.