Donald Trump Jr blasted for peddling new 'fortified' election conspiracy theory

Donald Trump Jr. faced backlash on Friday for pushing a new election fraud conspiracy theory.

The former president's eldest son claimed a new Time report about efforts to "fortify" the election from "an autocratically inclined President" was actually proof the election had been rigged against him -- although the magazine's report made clear the efforts were separate from Joe Biden's campaign and intended only to preserve the vote's integrity.

"The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory," the report states. "It was an election so calamitous that no result could be discerned at all, a failure of the central act of democratic self-governance that has been a hallmark of America since its founding."

That was enough for Trump Jr. and other right-wingers to declare the election had been tilted against a president who tried to undermine it though Postal Service meddling, lawsuits and state voting restrictions.

"According to Time the election was 'Fortified' but not rigged," Trump Jr. tweeted. "Definitely not rigged. This is insanity, but everyone should read to learn exactly how bad it was."

The pushback was swift and fierce.