Twitter has branded one of the tweets Donald Trump shared on election night "misleading", after it accused the rival Democrat party of "trying to steal the election."
Trump's tweet, posted shortly after midnight in Washington DC, read: "We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!"
In response, Twitter shielded the post from view, replacing it with a warning message that reads: "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."
Twitter said back in September that it would be watching election night posts carefully, making sure to remove or attach warnings to any posts that prematurely declared victory on either side.
Some hours later, in a press conference held in the White House's ceremonial East Room, the president labelled the election a "fraud" and called for votes to stop being counted. "Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight, and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people, and we won't stand for it," he said, in as-yet unproven claims. "We will not stand for it."
We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
In a very bold statement, Donald Trump both simultaneously declared victory for his party while also calling the election process "an embarrassment to our country."
"This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country," he said. "We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. So our goal is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud on our nation."
The president continued: "We want the law to be used in a proper manner, so we'll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find any ballots at 4 o'clock in the morning and add them to the list. It's a very sad moment. We will win this, and as far as I'm concerned we already have."
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— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) November 4, 2020
The BBC reports that while there have been isolated cases of electoral fraud, generally it is is very rare. One study referenced found the rate of voting fraud overall in the US to be less than 0.0009%.
Currently, there is no confirmed winner of the 2020 US election. The coronavirus pandemic has meant postal votes have soared, and so it's taking longer than normal to confirm the ballots in some states. It could yet take days for some states to officially announce their voting count - so hold on tight.
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