The Knox County Republican Committee is spreading the unsupported claim that there was massive election fraud in the November election.

The Knox County Maine Republicans Facebook page has a graphic of an upside-down U.S. flag on its cover. The words "election fraud" fill in where the red and white stripes of the flag would be located.

On Jan. 15, Knox County Republican Committee Chair Victoria Bucklin said she did not know about the graphic. But she maintained there was fraud in the most recent election.

When asked if she meant fraud in local elections, she said she was not aware of any fraud in Knox County.

"But we do know there was election fraud," Bucklin claimed.

When asked to explain where fraud occurred and what supporting evidence there was, she ended the telephone conversation.

Administrators of the page include Bucklin, Maynard Stanley Jr. and former State Rep. Paula Sutton. The party's page has 513 members, but it is a private group, and the general public is not able to view posts unless they are granted privilege by the administrators.

In the 2020 presidential election, Knox County overwhelmingly backed Biden 15,019 to 9,995, with third-party candidates collecting slightly more than 500 votes.

No Republican candidate won a legislative seat in Knox County. This is the first time in at least 40 years where there are no Republicans representing at least one community in Knox County. The seats are held by six Democrats and two independents.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly falsely claimed since the Nov. 3 election that he won the election, but that it was stolen from him due to massive fraud in several swing states such as Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

His efforts to overturn the election included numerous lawsuits to state and federal courts that were all rejected, including appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. There was both an audit and a full hand recount in Georgia that did not change the outcome. A Washington Post article details the claims and results of challenges.

Bucklin has shared posts on her Facebook page, which allege the presidential election was stolen.

Trump continued his claims about the election being stolen from him at a rally in Washington, D.C. Jan. 6, where Congress convened to count the electoral votes. He urged his followers to fight for his election and asked them to march to the U.S. Capitol.

That march ultimately led to mobs storming the Capitol, killing a Capitol police officer and causing Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress to hide until peace was restored.

A Rockland resident, Cathy Cooper, attended the Trump rally in Washington, D.C. Jan. 6, according to a Facebook post on her page. She posted a photo of herself at the Trump rally, "before the staged Capitol building event."

That evening of the Capitol siege, she posted, "OK cry, cry about people storming the capital what are they ANTIFA? But more importantly if they are Trump supporters we’ve been ignored for four years now and now you want us to cry about people storming the capital when you won’t listen you just won’t listen."

Congress ultimately approved confirming the electoral college vote.

Democrat Joseph Biden is scheduled to be sworn in as the next president Wednesday, Jan. 20.