The CEO of a voting-systems company says politicians around the world are worried that Trump's conspiracy theories will be used to undermine their own elections
The founder and CEO of Smartmatic, Antonio Mugica, in London in August 2017. NIKLAS HALLE'N / AFP via Getty Images
Antonio Mugica, founder and CEO of voting software company Smartmatic, said the conspiracy theories about his company shared by President Donald Trump and his allies are hurting his business.
He told the New York Times that foreign politicians call him concerned that Trump's election fraud claims could be used to undermine confidence in the integrity of their elections.
Mugica said Smartmatic was considering filing lawsuits against Fox News, Newsmax and OANN for spreading unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about his company.
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The founder and CEO of Smartmatic, a voting software company, said countries around the world are concerned that conspiracy theories spread by President Donald Trump and his allies could be used to undermine their own elections.
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In an interview with the New York Times, Antonio Mugica said he had taken calls from international politicians and governments using his software and feared that Trump's attacks, as the Times put it, "could invade their politics and become a smartmatic." Contract into a liability. "
Mugica added that he was considering filing lawsuits against conservative media outlets such as Fox News, Newsmax and OANN who have voiced unsubstantiated claims by the President's allies that Smartmatic was part of a large conspiracy to undermine the US election and Trump the victory to steal.
Mugica also described the damage the allegations had done to his business, saying, "This could potentially destroy everything."
At the center of Trump's drive to reverse the 2020 election results is the claim that the machines used by Dominion Voting Systems to register votes in the US have been compromised due to the use of Smartmatic software. Both companies have denied that they work together.
The President's allies and lawyers have claimed - despite lacking convincing evidence - that Smartmatic was involved in a conspiracy with socialists in Venezuela and the Antifa movement, transferring Trump's votes to President-elect Joe Biden.
The electoral college officially gave Biden more than 270 votes last week, confirming his victory over Trump.
Dominion has threatened to sue Sidney Powell, a former Trump campaign attorney and conspiracy theorist, over the allegations.
Last week, Smartmatic sent a legal threat asking Fox News to withdraw unsubstantiated claims about its software on the network. In response, Fox News created and broadcast a segment exposing various inaccuracies and false statements made by hosts and guests on the pro-Trump network about the election.
However, these unsubstantiated claims have already been reiterated in conservative media, and according to a December 10 poll by Quinnipiac, 77% of Republicans believe the 2020 election was fraudulent.
Although conspiracy theorists have largely linked Smartmatic and Dominion to their electoral fraud claims, the two companies are not linked. Indeed, they are competitors.
The Venezuelan Mugica has no ties to the socialist government of Venezuela, and his company is registered in the UK, with US headquarters in Florida, according to Reuters.
Smartmatic offers voting software for governments in Europe and South America, according to its website.
The Venezuelan government hired Smartmatic to provide software for their 2017 elections, but the company later accused the government of manipulating election data.
Smartmatic largely withdrew from the US market in 2007 and sold its stake in US voting system company Sequoia after Smartmatic's ties to a company in which the Venezuelan government had invested became controversial.
His software was only in one U.S. election in 2020 in a Las Vegas county, Mugica told the Times.
In the interview, Mugica was asked if he would be satisfied with an apology from the networks.
"Will the apology reverse the false beliefs of the tens of millions of people who believe these lies?" he asked. "Then I could be satisfied."
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