Misinformation was the topic of the day at Donald Trump’s rally in Ohio on Saturday when the former president and his supporters falsely claimed he won the 2020 elections.
Among the Spin Doctors who took the stage was a chemist and mathematician from the Cincinnati area who has gained national notoriety for his ideas on COVID-19 and alleged electoral fraud.
“So do you think we had a clean choice in Ohio?” Douglas Frank asked the crowd.
“No!” They roared even though Trump won Buckeye State by 8 percentage points in November.
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Frank, from Morrow, holds the chair of math and science at the Schilling School for Gifted Children in Cincinnati, but has become better known for his place on the political scene. He said Trump invited him to speak at the Lorain County Fairgrounds on Saturday to share data he claims demonstrates widespread electoral fraud in Ohio and across the country.
Frank’s presentation felt like a math class, complete with charts and graphs that didn’t seem to necessarily absorb the crowd on a hot afternoon. He claimed that election officials used the same formula to manipulate the process: bloat the voter registration database, enter fake ballot papers, and then clean up the ballot papers.
In an interview on Wednesday, Frank promised that he and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell – a Trump supporter who also attended Saturday’s rally – would release information in July showing that voting machines were connected to the internet. Ohio law prohibits that.
“We have to reverse the last choice and have a real choice,” he said.
Frank’s theories have been debunked more than once. The Washington Post broke his math and found that it merely shows that voter turnout is consistent by age group. A report from the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee, led by two Republicans, argued that Frank’s claims were inconsistent, saying they did not take into account movement patterns or same-day registrations that would create natural differences between census data and voter registrations.
“The patterns he sees are not unexpected or unusual for choices or human behavior in general,” the report said.
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Frank said he is taking a shilling sabbatical this year because he does not have enough time to teach while he is sharing his gospel. (The school did not return a message asking for information about Frank’s employment. It has been removed from YouTube, which is often the case when regulators determine that the content is illegal. false or misleading.
He also recently met with Joe Blystone, a fringe Republican candidate for governorship, at a meeting with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to discuss their concerns. Spokesman Rob Nichols said the meeting lasted nearly two and a half hours.
“Dr. Frank admitted that he currently has no evidence to prove his theories about irregularities in the 2020 elections or previous elections which he claims were also tainted, “said Nichols.
Nevertheless, Frank stands by his work: “You can’t argue with mathematics.”
Haley BeMiller is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which works for Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal and 18 other affiliate news organizations across Ohio.