Election Fraud ‘Expert Mathematician’ Actually Swings Installer, Lawsuit Says
On January 27, the pro-Trump channel OAN aired a segment interviewing an “expert mathematician” named Ed Solomon who claimed to have found evidence in district-level reports that the election was rigged by an algorithm. The basis for Solomon’s claim is that he found several constituencies across the country reporting the exact same results at different times throughout the vote counting process.
Asked by host Christina Bobb about the probability that what Solomon claims to have found to be a coincidence, Solomon replied, âYou can use the binomial probability formula, and the chance of this event happening is one in ten for such a large exponent that there aren’t enough stars in the universe – there aren’t enough atoms in the universe to account for the number. It can’t happen naturally. “
If this seems strangely vague to a mathematician, it is because Solomon is not actually a mathematician, according to legal action against voting machine company Dominion v OAN for knowingly reporting defamatory allegations against the company in the wake of Trump’s loss. In fact, according to the lawsuit, Solomon is a convicted drug dealer and “worked as an ‘installer’ at a swing construction company on Long Island” at the time of the interview.
According to a FactCheck.org review In Solomon’s segment, his math expertise is limited to having taken a few math courses at Stony Brook University from 2008 to 2015. He never graduated.
Motherboard was able to independently verify that an Edward Solomon from Ronkonkoma, Long Island visually looked like Edward Solomon in the video has been arrested for a series of drug-related charges in 2016 and served two years for criminal sale of controlled substances. Dominion spokeswoman Claire Bischoff told Motherboard the company learned about it through “publicly available information,” but declined to elaborate further on the case. Motherboard was unable to reach Solomon for comment.
As to the nature of Solomon’s supposed conclusions, FactCheck.org spoke to several real voting systems and mathematics experts who noted that, far from “not enough atoms in the universe” to explain its The appearance, whatever that means, is not at all strange for different constituencies to have the same voting shares at different times in different parts of the country. It’s also unclear where his data actually came from, as in the original 50-minute video outlining his claims, Solomon says it is “data from PA’s NYT feed on November 4,” and the link to the “original data sets”. is dead.
Dominion sent OAN two retraction requests within a week of the video’s publication, according to the lawsuit, pointing out that Solomon lacks expertise and is a convicted felon. The lawsuit says that OAN “quietly removed” the video and story from its website, but can still be found on OAN’s Rumble page, a popular video platform for Trump supporters, where it bears the title “Smoking Gun”. Solomon continued to post Youtube videos electoral analysis and math lessons for months. His most recent stream from early July, “The Mirror of Maricopa; Is There a Parametric Line?” lasts 11 and a half hours.